• Basic Folk Podcast: Amanda Shires

    • September 03, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Amanda Shires is a Texas-born, Nashville-based sideplayer turned songwriter, turned force of nature in Americana, folk and alt-country world. We hear some great stories during this interview, like when she asked Brandi Carlile to start The Highwomen with her moments before she had to perform on-stage, and the anger she feels at her husband when he tries to use her Leonard Cohen guitar. Also, in the Lightning Round, we learned that Amanda loves rap & hip-hop, and when she was learning Texas fiddle, she really wanted to be a hip-hop fiddlist.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: David Huckfelt

    • August 23, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    David Huckfelt, founding member of the Minneapolis folk band, The Pines, emanates poetry in everything he does. From his solo work to his outlook on life, Huckfelt is living artwork. It was a real pleasure to speak with him about his Iowa upbringing, his connection to indigenous people, and his two-week solitary writing retreat on the most remote and least visited national park in mighty Lake Superior.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Johnathan Rice

    • August 20, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    In this episode of Basic Folk, Johnathan Rice discusses his early connections to the Saddle Creek music scene, which revolved around Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), who he claims very much influenced his writing early on. He also talks about his 12 year relationship with Jenny Lewis and how his latest album The Long Game was inspired by times during their relationship, during the breakup, and the aftermath. Recently, Johnathan has become known for his Instagram haikus, of which he has a published book and filled up most of his feed.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Alisa Amador

    • August 10, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Basic Folk is Live at Club Passim! Alisa Amador grew up in Cambridge, MA surrounded by the influence of her parents’ Latin group Sol y Canto. She has managed to cultivate a warm sound that walks the line of folk, jazz, blues, soul and Latin. One thing so apparent about these laid back, warm songs is their similarities to the human that’s writing and performing them.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Melissa Ferrick

    • August 05, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Basic Folk, live at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA with Melissa Ferrick! The indie folk songwriter genius lesbian icon joined us for our very first live recording of the podcast. We get honest conversation and live music from Melissa, who recently moved to Cambridge, graduated grad school at Harvard University, and got a new teaching job at Northeastern University. She played songs from her latest self-titled album, as well as a new song, while talking about details of the song lyrics and her life.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Ben Arthur

    • July 26, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Songwriter, author and podcaster Ben Arthur had an interesting and varied career, but has always had an incredible drive that led him to pursuing several outside of the box projects. Aside from writing music, Ben’s very interested in shedding light on the creative process and allowing music fans to go behind the curtain of how music is made. He joins Cindy Howes for the latest Basic Folk Podcast.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Bridget Kearney

    • July 22, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Originally from Iowa, Bridget Kearney joined up with Lake Street Dive in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music as their upright bassist, songwriter, and harmony vocalist. In our conversation, we talk about how her experience playing in orchestras prepared her for collaborative life in a band like Lake Street Dive. In addition, Bridget talks about her solo career and how she is beginning to explore the full potential of her voice, and also about what it’s like to be a utility player and singer in the band. It’s a role she’s taken on for most of her musical career and to hear her explain this is very insightful.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Matt Smith of Club Passim

    • July 13, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Matt Smith is a living legend with his unbelievable run at Club Passim, the historic folk venue nestled in a Harvard Square basement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently Managing Director at Passim, Matt is the most passionate music lover I know. As Basic Folk’s producer Laura McCarthy said to him, it’s easier to name the episodes that don’t mention Matt’s name and unwavering support. This episode is a must listen to any musician or musical gatekeeper!