First broadcast April 1, 2011

Folk Foolishness

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

It’s April Fool's Day and what better time to indulge in folk foolishness and flights of fancy and bring out pieces from an album collector’s back lot. After a bit of inspiring polka music, I wandered into such themes as the lot of folk musicians, how to conquer the “folk music is boring” criticism, Milwaukee as a sense of place and a few sexual intrigues. Four well done parodies and a Spike Jones-like instrumental put the cap on the night

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Brave Combo, “The Happy Wanderer”, Polkatharsis, Rounder


  • Andrew Calhoun, “Folksingers Are Boring”, Phoenix Envy, Waterbug

  • Carla Ulbricht, “Nothing To Say”, Her Fabulous Debut, Independent

  • Lou & Peter Berryman, “Accordion To Zither”, Some Days, Cornbelt

  • John Tams & Coope Boyes Simpson, “On And On…”, Dark Side Of The Mongrel, Dog

  • Mike Agranoff, “The Modern Folk Musician”, The Modern Folk Musician, BFD

  • Steve Ashley, “Down Among The Hop Poles”, Everyday Lives, Topic


  • John Hartford, “Boogie/Steam-Powered Aereo-Plane”, Aereo-Plain, Warner Brothers/Rounder

  • John Hartford, “Little Cabin Home On The Hill Waugh Waugh”, Mark Twang, Flying Fish

  • John Hartford, “(Good Old Electric) Washing Machine (Circa 1943)”, RCA Country Legends, RCA


  • Bucky Halker, “I’ll Be In Heaven In Milwaukee While You’re Crying In St. Paul”, Vol. 4, Oasis Acoustic

  • Red Bird, “What Made Milwaukee Famous (Made A Loser Out Of Me)”, Live At The Café Carpe, Signature Sounds


  • Les Barker, “Arnold”, Live From The Dutch Barn, Old Songs

  • Grit Laskin, “The Photographer”, Unabashedly Folk, Borealis

  • Holly Tannen, “Lily Of The Net”, Rime Of The Ancient Matriarch, Independent

  • Camille West, “Viagra In The Water”, Diva’s Day Off, Mother Tongue Music


  • Rick Fielding, “Off To School No More”, Acoustic Workshop, Borealis

  • Arrogant Worms, “Johnny Came Home Headless”, Dirt, Independent

  • John Roberts & Tony Barrand, “The Rolling Mills Of New Jersey”, Live At Holstein’s, Front Hall

  • Ian Robb, “Garnet’s Homemade Beer”, From Different Angels, Fallen Angle Music


  • Ian Robb, “The Aftermath”, The Rose And Crown, Folk-Legacy