Folk Alliance Artists Danny Burns, Anna & Elizabeth, The Stray Birds, Southern Ave.

Danny Burns

Danny Burns Band the “new D.C favorite” who hails from Donegal, has new E.P “Human Heart” in the works.  Danny has worked with Grammy-nominated record producer Warren Huart to create his debut album, “Off The Grid.” Huart (The Fray, James Blunt, Matisyahu) has managed to pull at the roots of Burns’ Irish blood, cultivating his passion, and showcasing Burns’ narrative songwriting, unique vocals and soulful delivery.

Danny has been touring since the age of 17, learning his craft on the road, playing and living in New York, Nashville, New Orleans and Chicago, and has extensive experience on the European & Scandinavian circuits. Burns’ influences not only come from his traditional upbringing, but also from legendary singer/songwriters such as John Martyn, Van Morrison, Richard Thompson, and Christy Moore.

This Donegal man has drawn great inspiration from the culture and passion of New Orleans, which he connected with soon after first arriving there, rapidly establishing a loyal fan base. He has recorded and performed with legendary New Orleans musicians George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) and Mean Willie Green (Neville Brothers Band, Bob Dylan).

Burns took part in the historic songwriters’ night at the Bluebird Cafe Nashville TN, home to such songwriters as Townes Van Zant, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark. Danny also featured in the critically acclaimed documentary about Irish legend, Shane MacGowan, “The Fairytale of New York,” Closer to home, some of the Irish Groups that Danny Burns has performed with include The Hot House Flowers, Kila, Damien Dempsey, Paddy Casey, Slide, Solas, and Karen Casey.

Anna & Elizabeth

Anna & Elizabeth find new ways to tell old stories of love, loss and intrigue, while relishing the tension that arises between their very different backgrounds and orthodoxies; holding firm to the roots of the music while removing the limits of how that music can be played and presented.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a voracious and curious musician who nestles in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds. After spending years in Baltimore’s underground art scene, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. She has been a fellow at the Berea College Traditional Music Archive and OneBeat (Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation); three years artistic director of Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; and co-curator of Baltimore’s Crankie Festival. She is a summer 2017 fellow at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and recently studied in a workshop with Meredith Monk.

Elizabeth LaPrelle is a world-renowned ballad singer who resides on a farm in Rural Retreat, VA. The student of master singer Ginny Hawker and National Heritage Fellow Sheila Kay Adams, LaPrelle was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16, and won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International. She has been hailed as “the best young Appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory” by UK’s fRoots Magazine.

The Stray Birds

All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn’t take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. They’ve been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise, including being named by NPR as one of Folk Alley’s Top Ten Records of 2016. With time, their sound has evolved to a palate broader than what it first was on the street corners and in the markets, but this much remains true: The Stray Birds is a band of musicians as subtle and nuanced as they are energetic, a band of writers as blatant and bold as they are coy, and perhaps most importantly, a band of people as friendly and compassionate as they are talented. It’s safe to imagine that most who hear their music come back for another listen, time and again.

Southern Avenue

Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band’s newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax’s legendary music academy.

 The band members’ diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it’s Southern Avenue’s own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as “Don’t Give Up,” “What Did I Do,” “It’s Gonna Be Alright,” “Love Me Right” and “Wildflower.”  The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles’ Memphis soul classic “Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love.”


Professor Haider-Markel, Gun Culture In America Explained; and Praise and Pass Redux – A Radio Production

Life sometimes hands you lemons, first our guests from ArchCity Defenders had to cancel at the last moment and then our guest who was to tell her story of being arrested for a traffic violation couldn’t answer the phone = LEMONS! We made Lemonade and came up with a show on the fly that addressed the issue of the day, Gun Violence and American Gun Culture. We hope you were enlightened and entertained.

Gun Culture In America Explained

There many differing interpretations of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution that guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. Over the years and especially the last few decades numerous, federal, state and local lawmakers have sought to define what the limits of those rights should be where they live. Those efforts have included the right to open carry, conceal carry and now a bill in congress would make the owning and use of silencers legal (something law enforcement has been against for decades).

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Don Haider-Markel, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Kansas University, in Lawrence Kansas. They will be discussing gun culture in America and why of if guns really are loved by the American people.

Praise and Pass Redux

Praise and Pass Redux iS a feature Produced for THE radio program “SOUND and FURY.” The theme is America’s attitudes towards guns and gun violence. On this episode of SOUND and FURY we react to the mass shooting in Las Vegas (and elsewhere) and attitudes towards guns. Produced by Dave Goodman for I.B.I.S. Radio and the world. Features Senator Cory Booker, Donald Trump, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, President Barack Obama, Pastor Peter J. Peters, Conan O’Brien, Chris Hayes, Senator John McCain, Stephen Colbert, Mel Gibson (clip from “The Patriot”). Music by Frank Loesser, Mark Isham, and Armen Ra. Thanks to CNN for archival news audio.

This piece is a product of the Independent Broadcast Information Service who produce audio segments for station in the US and abroad. They are located in Jamaica Plain, Boston Mass.

The JoJR Calendar for February 19th

The Jackson County Legislature will introduce a resolution pushing Congress to pass the DREAM Act, Tuesday, February 20th at 2:15 PM, in the Jackson County Courthouse, on the Second Floor in the Legislative Chambers, 415 E 12th St, KCMO. Please arrive early enough to allow time for parking and going through courthouse security. You are invited to come and show your support.
On Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 pm, The Writers Place and the Johnson County Library will present a poetry reading by inmates and former inmates incarcerated at Lansing Prison. This inmate reading will be held at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas.
You are invited to join the Dream Fighters Coalition on Thursday, February 22nd, at 801 Valentine Rd, the intersection of Southwest Trafficway and Valentine Rd. They will rally for a Clean Dream Act during the evening commute. Signs will be provided. Restrooms, hot drinks, and a place to warm up will also be available. This is a weekly event every Thursday.
The Black Repertory Theater of Kansas City will present one of the most innovative plays in the history of African American Theater, The Colored Museum, February 15th thru March 4th at ArtsTech, 1522 Holmes Street, KCMO. For more information call them at 816-663-9966 or Check out their webpage

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment; and Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

In her engaging new book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz chronicles the history of American gun culture and its casualties. From Andrew Jackson, the slave trade, the extermination of indigenous populations, domestic terrorist organizations such as the KKK to serial killings, U.S. history is rife with violence. What is the underpinning for such violence?

Dunbar-Ortiz argues that it is the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and the resulting gun culture that it spawned.She lays out an array of historical facts and figures that will be new information for many readers. In doing so she provokes questions about the American ethos to help inform pressing issues confronting the nation, from mass shootings in schools to police killings with impunity.

In her meticulously researched book, Dunbar-Ortiz investigates the dynamics of armed struggle within the U.S., their motivations and their contemporary relevance.

Publishers Weekly writes: “In her trenchant analysis of the Second Amendment, Dunbar-Ortiz avoids a legalistic approach and eschews the traditional view that links the amendment to citizens” need to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. Instead, she argues that the Second Amendment was passed to facilitate the genocide of Native Americans in order to steal their land and to provide a means for slaveholders to control their human property.

Guest – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian, author, memoirist, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the First United Nations Conference on Indians in the Americas, held at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Her other books include Outlaw Woman, and the acclaimed An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States. Her newest book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is published by City Lights.


Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color
Bearing Faith

Catholic affiliated hospitals set strict guidelines that prohibit doctors from providing contraceptives, sterilization, abortion, and fertility services regardless of their patients wishes or their doctors medical judgment or the standard of care in the medical profession.

A just released report titled Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color by the Columbia Law Schools Public Rights/Private Conscience Project in partnership with Public Health Solutions shows that in many states women of color are far more likely than white women to give birth at Catholic hospitals. These women are at greater risk of having their health needs undermined because these health needs have been determined by the religious beliefs of male bishops rather than the medical judgment of their doctors.

This religious overreach undermines fundamental rights to equality and liberty and violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment which seeks to separate church from state.

Guest – Attorney Elizabeth Reiner Platt. Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia, she was a Staff Attorney at MFY Legal Services Mental Health Law Project.

Guest – Kira Shepherd, Director of the Racial Justice Programat the Public Rights/Private ConscienceProject at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joiningColumbia Law School she was the Executive Director and Director of Campaigns at The BlackInstitute (TBI), an action think tank that leads advocacy work in the areas of immigration,education, the environment, and economic justice.



Attorney Heidi Boghosian and Professor Johanna Fernandez Discuss Potential New Trial For Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Chicago” & Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

This week on Arts Magazine, The Barn Players chat with host Michael Hogge about their new musical Chicago, and guests will talk about the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

Invasion Day, Australia: Aboriginal Women Lead March To Abolish Australia Day

On January 26, 2018, an official Australian holiday, some 60,000 people marched in Melbourne protesting the celebration of a day that began the genocidal assaults on the aboriginal people of the continent, who are still suffering racist official policies today. The march was organized by young black women.
Featured Speakers/Guests:

Aunty Jenny Munro, elder activist and founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy; Meriki Kalinya, a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman and one of the convenors of the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, a grassroots activist group that organized the march; Dtarneen Onus-Williams, a professional community organizer and the chair of the rally; Ruby, “the smartest woman you’ll ever meet,” who reads her “Letter to White People”; and 17-year-old Aretha Brown, the first female elected Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament.


Audio in this program produced by Jiselle Hanna, originally for the programs Accent of Women and Women on the Line, both aired on 3CR community radio and distributed through Australia’s Community Radio Network. WINGS version edited by Frieda Werden.

The End of Policing: Alex Vitale

Alex Vitale is Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. Vitale’s book The End of Policing is an accessible study of police history as an imperial tool for social control that continues to exacerbate class and racial tensions. Vitale also goes deep into the shortcomings of reform and in contrast, deepens the conversations around meaningful alternatives to ultimately ask the reader to consider the end of policing.


Host: R.J. Lozada
Producers: Della Duncan, Robert Raymond, R.J. Lozada, Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Marie Choi
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor and Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blazin
Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker

Special thanks to Della Duncan and Robert Raymond of Upstream.

YouthSpeaksOut- Vocation/Avocation

We feature two interviews between staff and students at Laytonville High School. First, Eve interviews the principal Tim Henry to get his perspective and insights on high school and the community. Then Tim Skaggs talks with math and rock band teacher Dennis Hogan (of The Tazmanian Devils) on his careers as teacher and rock musician.

YouthSpeaksOut! is a monthly podcast from Mendocino County, California, aired on KZYX.