Basic Folk

Basic Folk is a podcast with honest conversations between authentic musicians and Cindy Howes, who is basically a professional folk music fan. To better know her subjects, Cindy approaches interviews with warmth, humor and insightful questions. This podcast fosters the community of musicians discovered through her connection to Boston's wicked special folk scene and beyond.


  • Basic Folk Podcast: Rebecca Loebe

    • December 12, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    Rebecca Loebe is a Georgia native that was raised in the Atlanta music community via Eddie’s Attic. Loebe attended Berklee College of Music and spent time in the Boston music world before settling in Austin, TX. She also had the unique experience of being a part of the very first season of “The Voice” as part of Adam Levine’s team. She appeared on the show for a couple of episodes and exited in a way that she is very comfortable with. We talk about how she is a musician who really values community and feedback from her community as well as her never-ending quest to spread kindness in an authentic and meaningful way.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Jenny Owen Youngs

    • November 18, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Jenny Owen Youngs is an indie pop songwriter, queer icon, and podcast host. Her new EP Night Shift is out now, and we talk about that and her whole life in our conversation. From her young life in rural New Jersey, to space camp (where she wished for more space and less camp,) to coming out in a very public way in 2012. Jenny is a sweet, funny and caring person and we really get into what makes her tick in this episode.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Betsy Siggins

    • November 07, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Betsy Siggins has been an integral part of the folk music world since the late 1950’s when she and her roommate, Joan Baez, starting hanging around the Cambridge scene at Club 47. She worked at the famous folk club until it closed in the 1960’s. After that, she worked with The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and also paved the way for homeless shelters catering to AIDs patients in New York City. In the podcast, we hear some of these fascinating stories from Siggins. We also get a glimpse into Betsy's early roots with her family life that included some classical music influences as well as a love for early country radio. I honestly could have talked to her for days.

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Wallis Bird

    • October 02, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Wallis Bird is a joyful musician who is an incredibly, emotionally exciting live performer and songwriter. Originally from Ireland, Wallis suffered a major hand injury as a child that left her fingers permanently marred on one hand. She was able to work around that and become a stellar guitarist. One of seven children, she grew up around her parents’ pub and witnessed a number of interesting characters in an experience that helped inform who she is. On Basic Folk we talk about her upbringing, her views on faith and spirituality, her immediate attraction to the guitar (starting with her first guitar at 6 months,) and much more!

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Molly Sarlé

    • September 25, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Molly Sarlé of Mountain Man has been working on her solo record for a little while and it’s finally out! The beautiful Karaoke Angel is the Santa Cruz, CA’s native debut album. During our conversation on Basic Folk, Molly talks about her family and where music was in her life growing up. We learn that she L O V E S musical theater and was in several productions in high school. We dig into a few very interesting topics like religion! sex! and cats!

  • Basic Folk Podcast: Joe Troop of Che Apalache

    • September 19, 2019
    • Cindy Howes

    Joe Troop, is the frontman for the Buenos Aires “Latin-Grass” group, Che Apalache. As a North Carolina native, Troop is a proud out gay man in a world that doesn’t always accept him: the rural south. Through his travels throughout Spain, Japan and Argentina, he’s become and advocate for gay and for immigrant rights. Joe talks about all this and more in his conversation with Cindy Howes.

  • 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.