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Folky Funky

July 1, 2005

While plowing through a backlog of Sunday papers I came across a Funky Winkerbean strip that indirectly added it's voice in praise of the singer/songwriter. The scene is a double wedding with an inset of someone pressing the button for Patty Griffin's When it Don't Come Easy (off of Impossible Dream) on a jukebox. The song's refrain is seen over the scene. The song fits the situation perfectly (if you need to hear the history of Funky, I'll be happy to go into it), plus Patty Griffin is great. I think we all should go to our favorite establishments and ask for folk songs to be added to the jukebox. Meanwhile, I'm on a mission to see what's already out there. Folk music everywhere!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at July 1, 2005 10:21 AM


If anyone wants to see it go to:

(you'll have to copy link and paste it into your browser.) It was the June 12th strip.

Posted by: Tonia Ollerton at July 1, 2005 3:05 PM

My local pool hall has Wilco and Billy Braggs' album Mermaid Ave. you know the one that they put music to a bunch of newlly dicovered Woody Guthrie lryics. I play it everytime I'm in there and the everybody there will look at me like I have 6 heads.

Posted by: Scott Powell at July 1, 2005 3:21 PM

Thanks Tonia! I posted from home and I can't do links from here. Tom Batiuk, who draws Funky, lives near here and the pizza place he based Montoni's on is right downtown, so I think this calls for some research-based pizza exploration.

Posted by: Ann VerWiebe at July 2, 2005 8:50 AM

I love Patty Griffin's music and glad to see she made it in the press! Even if it is a comic! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Cyndi Meinck at July 15, 2005 1:27 PM

True..Patty Griffin is great and she does fit into "folk" since she's a singer/songwriter and uses an acoustic guitar, but I don't think it's a real shocker that she would be in a comic strip or on thousands of jukeboxes in reality. I mean, she was on tour with the Dixie Chicks a few years ago and she has videos in heavy rotation on CMT and she's on a major label.
She's a staple on college and alternative radio and even on some commercial radio.

Now, seeing Kate Campbell or Mary Gauthier on the jukebox or in a comic strip...THAT would be cool :)

Posted by: susie at August 18, 2005 4:32 PM

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