Updated: Mar 6

In the roots music community on the East Coast, there is one organization that really stands alone as a beacon for enthusiasts of all ages, of all backgrounds, and specifically in ensuring there is room at the table for a diversity of thoughts and representations. The Philadelphia Folksong Society is over 60 years old and has been the home of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, often drawing over 30,000 people to celebrate the Roots Music Community.


For the past five years, Justin Nordell has been the (youngest) acting director of the organization. Tonight we talk about the weight of that responsibility, and the way Justin and the organization quickly developed a monetizable system to keep artists performing and getting paid while keeping their active community actively involved. We also talk about celebrating pride month in the middle of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests.


Philadelphia Folksong Society: http://pfs.org

Philadelphia Folk Festival: https://folkfest.org/





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Updated: Mar 6

Ellis Paul is a legend among songwriters. You can draw a direct line between his career and the lives of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and the rail hopping troubadours before him. In the middle of the COVID crisis, Ellis has gone from an average of 200 shows a year and 80,000 miles of driving to staying in space and building an amazing online community. We talk about songwriting. We talk about black lives matter. We talk about legacy among the folk music community. We couldn't quite get him to break 800 patrons, but we got really close!


Ellis Paul http://ellispaul.com

Ellis Paul's Patreon http://patreon.com/ellispaul




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Come join us for the second episode of the Tribal Mischief Podcast. Our focus for this new adventure will be music, community, and the world around us.


Our guests for the second episode are R-Son The Voice of Reason (Randy Green) and Dan "Danjo" Whitener of Gangstagrass. We have respected these two as artists and people for a long time. We're going to talk about their experiences blending bluegrass and hip-hop, the challenges and resistance they've faced, and how that applies to where the world is at this moment.




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