eTown

Wednesdays 10:00 pm
  • Hosted by Nick and Helen Forster

Celebrating 21 years of music, ideas and community!

eTown is an exciting weekly radio show that’s been on the air from coast to coast for 21 years. Unlike any other program, eTown mixes live music from top performers in a wide variety of styles with conversation and information about our communities, our environment and common sense stewardship.  Every eTown show is full of great music, and the musicians get a chance to open up during interviews with host, Nick Forster. The weekly presentation of the E-chievement Award highlights hometown heroes from around the country, each one taking small steps towards solving big problems. It all comes together with the grand finale with all musicians joining together in one last song.

eTown’s mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

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It’s Pt. 1 of a special encore broadcast this week as we revisit our show at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Denver from last year featuring two female artists that embody what it means to be strong and independent – the legendary Mavis Staples and singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco. Along with lots of great music and conversation with the artists, we will check in with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and present the Lifetime eChievement Award honor to Mavis Staples for her decades of inspiration and contributions to the Civil Rights movement. 

This week on the eTown airwaves we’re joined by Americana/folk band Hiss Golden Messenger, whose sound is deeply influenced by country, soul, blues, and rock. We’re very excited to have them on the show for the first time. Also with us are accomplished songwriters Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and Herb Pedersen. Rounding things out, we have a conversation with renowned paleontologist, explorer, and author Dr. Kenneth Lacovara.

This week, eTown welcomes the eclectic, LA-based psychedelic soul group, Chicano Batman, for some solar-powered musical goodness. Also joining us for her first visit is folk singer/songwriter, BettySoo. There will be plenty of great music, collaboration and conversation with our visiting artists this week, plus a great eChievement Award story about a Colorado-based organization that provides free housing, transportation and food for families affected by immigrant detention.

This week we revisit a fan-favorite episode from last year featuring singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb and his band – The Neighbors. We’ll check in to hear some of Drew’s latest musical creations, and get an update on his ever-evolving musical story. Americana singer/songwriter and eTown veteran Tift Merritt also joined us on this show to share some tunes from her seventh studio release. To round things out Nick sits down for conversation with eChievement Award winner, Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine to learn about how he is bringing the joys of gardening to schools in his area.

We’ve got a soulful hour of music and conversation this week on the airwaves featuring prolific soul singer/songwriter Bettye LaVette. Bettye’s gift is being able to take a song, whether well known or obscure, from any genre and make it completely her own. She began performing and recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still touring today. Also with us is NYC-based composer and musician Vilray, who deftly performs Jazz and Country style swing music as was popular in the 1930s, 40's and 50's.

This week on eTown, we’re joined by singer/songwriter/producer John Paul White who originally joined us back in 2011 as part of the widely popular musical duo The Civil Wars. Our longtime friends in the genre-bending Americana group Marley’s Ghost also stop in for another visit to eTown Hall’s solar-powered stage. Lots of great music and conversation with our musical guests, plus we’ll check in with a great Colorado-based organization that’s providing organic and nutritious meals in the community, regardless of someone’s ability to pay.

It’s an eclectic encore broadcast this week as we revisit our show featuring hip-hop artist and community activist Brother Ali, who shares his unique take on rap music, as well as stories on his background, what it was like growing up with albinism, and his musical quest to spread a positive message through music. Also with us is long-time friend of the show, Chuck Prophet, plus a check in with Laura Tenenbaum, a scientist from NASA, to hear about the challenges and triumphs the organization has experienced over the last few years.

In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’ broadcast, eTown turns on the southern charm as the crew heads to Athens, Georgia for a very special installment of our ‘eTown on the road’ ongoing series. We’ll be coming to you from the legendary Georgia Theater, joined by both a local musical group Cicada Rhythm and our longtime eTown friend (and singer/songwriter extraordinaire) JJ Grey. We’ll have lots of great music, plus a conversation with a local woman whose Georgia-based nonprofit organization provides books to low-income children in the area.

It’s an hour packed full of great songwriting and storytelling on the airwaves this week with singer/songwriter/guitarist/poet Dave Alvin and singer/songwriter/actor Jimmie Dale Gilmore. We dig deep into the songbooks of each artist, and hear some great road stories and insights into the many influences that have shaped their musical styles. Jimmie and Dave will perform both solo and together, inviting their old friend and past musical collaborator Nick Forster to join in. Find out what happens when three life-long musical friends take the stage in this week’s special episode.

Tonight on eTown, we’re joined by the high energy band and old friends Leftover Salmon, known for their fast licks, clever lyrics, and fun loving stage presence. Also with us, singer/songwriter Paul Thorn, who brings his muscular brand of roots rock – bluesy, at times rocking and always infectious. Plus Nick talks with scientist and professor Jen Kay about some alarming developments in global warming.

It’s a special encore broadcast this week, featuring two-time Grammy Award winner and legendary singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Rodney joins forces with eTown host Nick Forster and the eTown house band to share music from his recent collection of recordings entitled Close Ties. Also joining us is talented Texas singer/songwriter Robert Ellis. Plus there’s a great eChievement Award story about an Illinois woman who founded an organization that provides shoes and other vital necessities to people in need around the world.

This week we’re joined on the air by the  Nashville, TN-based bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys. As the sons of the legendary Del McCoury, Ronnie and Rob McCoury continue their father’s legacy of stellar bluegrass music (along with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram). We’re also visited by Gospel, soul, and R&B vocalist Liz Vice who’s been making quite a name for herself around the country. We’ll round things out with an eChievement Award story about a woman bringing sustainable support to those suffering from the war in Syria.

This week, hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome the eclectic, Latin/country/jazz/rock influenced sound of Arizona-based music veterans Calexico to the eTown airwaves. Also, Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard shares some great music and hilarious stories. Our eChievement Award story this week focuses on a young Detroit woman who’s found a brilliant way to provide warmth for the homeless during the bitter winters in her town. It’s a great hour of music and conversation on eTown – tonight at 10 pm!

In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’  broadcast/podcast, Punch Brothers’ band member and banjo impresario Noam Pikelny shares some of his original songs from his latest  CD as a solo artist. Also with us is the Miami-based “sacred steel” band The Lee Boys, who bring their powerhouse, gospel-influenced sound to eTown’s solar-powered stage.

This week, we welcome back long-time friend and musical virtuoso Sarah Jarosz to the eTown airwaves to share from her latest collection of songs. Sarah continues to skyrocket in her career, all while doing things her own way. We’ll learn more about what’s happening in her world these days, during her conversation with eTown host Nick Forster.

In this week’s encore broadcast, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers bring their energetic sound back to eTown to share music from their recent collection of songs, fittingly titled Radio.

In this week’s back-by-popular demand re-airing, eTown welcomes the incredibly gifted singer/songwriter and piano virtuoso Beth Hart to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Plus our longtime friend John McEuen, iconic American musician and founding member of the beloved Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, returns to the show.

In this popular re-airing, eTown welcomes back one of the most recognizable musical voices of our generation, Colin Hay (of Men at Work fame), who brings music from his latest collection of recordings. And Austin guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II makes his eTown debut this week to share new songs plus discuss his illustrious musical path that includes working with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and many others.

In this week’s back-by-popular-demand airing, eTown welcomes the young (and already widely popular) Greensky Bluegrass to eTown’s solar-powered stage. Since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band in 2006, the band’s career has been on an upward trajectory that is showing no sign of slowing down soon, with headlining slots at some of the country’s most prestigious festivals and venues now a regular occurrence on the band’s yearly touring schedule.

Be sure to tune in to eTown this week for part one of a special two-part broadcast featuring the legendary singer/songwriter and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, plus Americana artist John Fullbright. While we’ve been lucky to have both artists with us in previous years, this marks the first time we’ve been able to host Weir at eTown Hall’s intimate 200-seat, solar-powered performance space. Join us in eTown these next two weeks for a pair of episodes filled with mind-expanding musical exploration, candid conversations, and plenty of familiar songs to fill the air.  

In this week’s installment of eTown, singer/songwriter and avid surfer Jack Johnson makes a triumphant return to eTown to share some of his latest music in front of the intimate audience at eTown’s solar-powered performance space – eTown Hall.

This week, eTown welcomes legendary Grammy Award-winning country singer/songwriter Marty Stuart, along with his virtuosic band – The Fabulous Superlatives. Marty shares lots of music from his group’s latest release, Way Out West, as well as insightful conversation about his storied career as a recording artist, television personality and one time son-in-law to Johnny Cash.

This week’s solar-powered musical meeting features an up-and-coming band that is already making waves, alongside a well-established musician who makes his first appearance on the show. Australian folk pop band Oh Pep! takes the stage to share music from the band’s debut release, plus Indiana-born / Nashville-based singer and piano virtuoso Jon McLaughlin shares some of his solo material, as well as a few songs with eTown’s house band – the eTones.

Popularly known as singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore was listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Moore joins us with his blend of alternative, experimental rock and post-punk. Texas R&B and soul duo Greyhounds is also with us, and our eChievement Award winner shares her story of “rescuing” food that would otherwise go to waste to feed the hungry in her community.  

Hear eTown every Wednesday night at 10:0o pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This week on eTown: José González / Mandolin Orange; ECHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ruth Libby  
 

In this back-by-popular-demand airing, eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome Swedish indie folk artist José González and his band for a first visit to eTown. Also with us is North Carolina-based musical duo Mandolin Orange. It’s a musical combination like no other this week, plus a great eChievement Award story about a woman who is keeping office supplies out of landfills and getting them into the hands of teachers. Be sure to tune in or podcast!

In this week’s encore broadcast, eclectic Americana multi-instrumentalists Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys make their first visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage to share their forward-looking take on American roots music. Also joining us for the first time is Swedish/Icelandic female folk duo My Bubba who share their sparse and beautiful music, as well as stories about their experiences in circus school and side jobs as locomotive engineers.

This week, eTown turns on the southern charm as the crew hits the road to Athens, Georgia for a very special radio broadcast from the legendary Georgia Theater with local group Cicada Rhythm plus longtime friend of the show JJ Grey. We have lots of great music from both artists, plus a great eChievement Award story about a Georgia-based organization that is helping to provide books and the joy of reading to children in the area. Be sure to tune in!
 

eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome Texas singer/songwriter Hayes Carll to eTown Hall’s solar-powered stage for lots of great music, collaborations with eTown’s house band, and conversation about the craft of songwriting, and influences that have inspired him along the way.  

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Singer/songwriter and musical powerhouse Aoife O’Donovan makes a return visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage this week.  At a young age, she has already recorded, collaborated, toured and performed with a list of musical A-listers too long to name, and we’re happy to have her back with us to share some of her latest inspirations.  Santa Cruz-based artist Marty O’Reilly and his ‘Old Soul Orchestra’ also stop in to share their one-of-a-kind sound, plus a great eChievement Award story about a California woman with a creative idea to keep waste out of the landfill.

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