News & Reviews

News
05
May

Joel Rafael Performing at the Festival de la Luz

September 13th and 14th
in Boimorto, A Coruña, Espana

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News
03
Mar

Pete Seeger's Spirit Lives On At 26th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference

Keynote speaker Graham Nash echoed Brewer & Shipley's sentiments in an engaging talk and Q& A with Folk Alliance board member Joel Rafael. Invoking a line from his pal David Crosby's famous song, "Almost Cut My Hair," Nash said he brought greetings from bandmates Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, and pronounced, "Long may our freak flag fly." . . .

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News
05
Feb

Joel Rafael - KPFA Special Broadcast Audio: "Goodnight, Pete"

A Community Tribute to Pete Seeger Recorded Live From The Freight & Salvage - February 3, 2014

Listen to the live broadcast from the Freight & Salvage. The evening was hosted by Holly Near, and featured Ronnie Gilbert, Barbara Dane, Johnny Harper, Country Joe McDonald, Wavy Gravy, Vicki Randle, Lichi Fuentes, Fernando Fena Torres, Joel Rafael, Evie Ladin, Keith Terry, Erik Pearson, Gerry Tenney, Bill Amanteek, Robin Flower, Barbara Higbie, Shelley Doty, Roy Zimmerman, Blame Sally and more.

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News
06
Nov

Newport Folk Presents Joel Rafael and Others - WAY OVER YONDER in Santa Monica

Celebrated Music Festival Headed West To LA's Iconic Santa Monica Pier on October 5-6, 2013

Featuring Performances by Joel Rafael, Newport Folk Alumni Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Neko Case, Brett Dennen, First Aid Kit, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Calexico and more

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News
18
Sep

Singer-Songwriter Joel Rafael to Perform at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on November 3rd and Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on November 7th

California songwriter and seminal folk artist Joel Rafael will be playing two California shows the first week of November. Joel will perform at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on November 3rd and at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on November 7th. Rafael will play original songs, some of his Woody Guthrie co-writes and other covers of American folk classics. Tickets are $20 for McCabe's and $18.50 for Freight and Salvage with a reduced rate for Freight members. To purchase tickets visit-

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News
18
Sep

Joel Rafael Performance Honors Victims of Mexican Laborer Tragedies

Joel Rafael performed during the dedication ceremony of the Bracero Memorial Highway at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California on Saturday September 14, 2013. The memorial acknowledges three tragedies: Jan 28, 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos, June 17, 1958 bus explosion at Soledad, and Sept 17, 1963 train and makeshift bus collision at Chualar. A newspaper article about the 1948 plane wreck inspired Woody Guthrie's song, "Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportees)."

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News
09
Sep

Joel Rafael Live at Rock Valley

One Night Only!
Saturday, December 14th, 2013

See Joel Rafael live at Rock Valley. Limited capacity - reservations are recommended.

858-452-1539
Show: 8:00pm
Doors Open at 7:00pm
7170 Rock Valley Court
San Diego, CA 92122

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News
12
Aug

2012 Top 20 Homeless Songs: Joel Rafael: America Come Home

Bij het grote publiek is hij niet erg bekend. Maar dat zou wel moeten! Want als je gespeeld hebt met Jackson Browne, David Crosby en Graham Nash, Emmy Lou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, John Lee Hooker en Taj Mahal, dan moet je wel wat kunnen.

English Translation

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News
01
Aug

Songwriter Joel Rafael Nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards

California songwriter and seminal folk artist Joel Rafael has been nominated for his album America Come Home in the "Best Americana Album" category of the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. The event first took place in 1991, as a way to recognize the achievements of San Diego's local music community and benefits the "Guitars for Schools" program, sponsored by Taylor Guitars. The 23rd annual awards will be announced Wednesday, October 9th.

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News
30
July

Review: "Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center"

A major highlight is the mini-suite of songs thematically connected by imagery of the open road and the hobo, with contemporary folksinger Joel Rafael's harmonica-accompanied "Ramblin' Reckless Hobo" (for which he set Guthrie's lyrics to his own music), Jimmy LaFave's "Hard Travelin'," Donovan's "Riding in My Car" and Rosanne Cash's "I Ain't Got No Home." Listening to Rafael, it's hard not to hear a Bob Dylan influence, or more precisely, how Guthrie influenced Dylan and in turn, Rafael.

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News
29
Jun

Joel Rafael - IAMA Featured Artist of the Month

Joel Rafael won Best Folk Award for his song "Dance Around My Atom Fire". In July 2007, Rafael was one of seven performers honored at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival..

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News
22
Jun

Vivir CULTURA: Los Americanos no conocen Europa, pero les gusta pensar que lo conocen todo

Joel Rafael ensures that, for the first day of the summer, has brought to Lugo 'a little bit of the California sun-no' of San Diego, his city. It is your first stay in Calicia, the second in the Peninsula, and both he and his wife.

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News
03
Jun

PBS Stations Airing the Woody Guthrie At 100! Special in June

WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100! LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER pays homage to the artistry of American folk musician Woody Guthrie. The all-star concert staged in his honor last October in Washington, DC. Featuring performances from Jackson Browne, Joel Rafael, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins and many others will be aired on PBS stations across the nation in June.

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News
03
Jun

Singer-songwriter Joel Rafael To Appear In "Woody Guthrie At 100! Live At Kennedy Center" PBS Special And On CD And DVD Being Released June 11th

Singer-songwriter and noted Woody Guthrie interpreter Joel Rafael spent much of 2012 participating in the "Woody At 100" events - a series of concerts, readings and festivities surrounding the centennial anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth. The year of events concluded with a concert at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center and featured Rafael along with Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins and many more. Now on June 11th Sony Legacy will release Woody Guthrie at 100! Live At The Kennedy Center both as a CD and DVD. The release date will coincide with a PBS airing of the live concert event.

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News
29
May

Woody Guthrie At 100! Live At The Kennedy Center All-star Historic Concert To Be Released As Deluxe CD+DVD Package

WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100! LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER pays homage to the artistry of American folk musician Woody Guthrie. This new CD+DVD commemorative package captures the historic all-star concert staged in his honor last October inWashington, DC. Featuring performances from Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Jeff Daniels (reading a letter, not singing), Ani DiFranco, Donovan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Mellencamp, Tom Morello, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams, and many others, the set will be available June 11, 2013 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

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News
20
May

Newport Folk Festival: Joel Rafael

"In case you were wondering what instrument I'm playing . . .it's an acoustic guitar," chuckled Joel Rafael as he took the Harbor stage early on Sunday. "It's a daring choice for a festival like this." Rafael is credited to be the leader in interpreting the work of Woody Guthrie, the famed folk singer whom recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Rafael has been touring since the early nineties and is on the rise in the national folk festival scene.

The set this afternoon was simple and relaxed; it truly showcased Rafael's showmanship, as he held his own with just his guitar. His vocals really showed his decades of experience, the seasoned pipes filled the tent with deep tenor and conviction. Stand out tracks included "Way Over Yonder In the Minor Key" and "Don't Kill My Baby and My Son".

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News
30
Apr

Allied to heat the eve Springsteen

Last year Asturias premiered in concerts in small halls Gijon, Aviles and Oviedo, and this year, the musician Joel Rafael repeat trip, this time to Gijon, their folk to sound more authentic in the Botanical Garden (25 June, 21 hours) just on the eve of Bruce Springsteen concert in El Molinon. He will be accompanied by Stormy Mondays. It will be a very special live event, with the Botanical themed for the occasion, and heavily involved in the environment 'Springsteen', and with a capacity for 500 people. The space chosen will be known as Molin of Rionda. Both Joel Rafael and Stormy, have to do with the musician from New Jersey who will star the next day.

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News
02
Apr

North Shore Times: Joel Rafael - The Songs of Woody Guthrie CD review

You can gauge the storytelling talents of Guthrie by listening to a re-release of two tribute albums by Californian songwriter and performer Joel Rafael. The first album, Woodeye, featuring backing vocals by Jennifer Warnes and Van Dyke Parks, was originally released on Rafael's own label Inside Recordings in 2003. Woodyboye followed two years later and on one track, Stepstone, Rafael is joined by Woody's son Arlo and Jackson Browne.

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News
11
Mar

Review: "America Come Home"

Joel Rafael is one of today's best interpreters of Woody Guthrie's songs. He has recorded two fine albums with songs of Guthrie, "Woodeye" and "Woodyboye". On the first one of these we find "Don't Kill My Baby and My Son", a song about the lynching in Okemah in 1911 of Laura Nelson and her fifteen year old son Lawrence. It's believed that Woody Guthrie's father, who was a Democrat as well as a segregationist, could have participated in the lynching.

Joel Rafael found the lyrics to the song in a dusty collection and performed it on a Guthrie festival in Okemah in 1998. Not even Arlo Guthrie knew about it.

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News
07
Feb

Singer-Songwriter Joel Rafael wins Top Prize in Folk Category at the International Acoustic Music Awards

California songwriter and seminal folk artist Joel Rafael was awarded the top prize in Folk/Americana/Roots at 2013's International Acoustic Music Awards for his recording of "Dance Around My Atom Fire," a song he co-wrote with Woody Guthrie. The 9th Annual IAMA's were announced on Monday, February 4th. Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting, composition, song choice, music production, originality and artistry.

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News
15
Nov

Veteran Singer-Songwriter Joel Rafael to Walk for Huntington's Disease in Honor of Woody Guthrie in Phoenix, AZ on November 17th

California songwriter and seminal folk artist Joel Rafael will be participating in Huntington's Disease Society of America Inc. Pacific Southwest Region's Team Hope Walk on November 17th. Rafael, a foremost Woody Guthrie interpreter will be walking with Guthrie's first wife Mary, who is now 95. Both Guthrie and his two daughters with Mary died from Huntington's Disease. The walk will commence at 10AM. At 10:30 AM Rafael will play a live set of songs at the event.

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News
30
Oct

Joel Rafael Contributes Song to BORDER SONGS CD Release

On October 12, 2012, Border Songs--a new compilation album to benefit the southern Arizona humanitarian group No More Deaths - was released to a capacity crowd in Flagstaff, AZ. The purpose of the album is to raise awareness and provide aid to migrants who suffer and die in Sonoran desert. Joel Rafael contributed his song "Sierra Blanca Massacre" to this album.

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News
16
Oct

Teamster sings song for Woody in celebrity hootenanny

Former Teamster Joel Rafael wowed a sold-out audience at the Kennedy Center Sunday night with a stirring performance of Woody Guthrie's "Ramblin' Reckless Hobo." Rafael once worked as a Teamster concert grunt at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Last night in the nation's capital he shared the stage with Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp, Roseanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Ry Cooder, Judy Collins, Donovan and Guthrie's daughter Nora. It was a grand celebration of Guthrie's 100th birthday. And it was a reminder that working people share the same longings and face the same trials now that they did during the Dust Bowl.

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News
15
Oct

Salute to Woody Guthrie at 100 at the Kennedy Center

Folks like Jimmy LaVave and Joel Rafel, both acknowledged Guthrie experts and followers and singers, sang things like "Reckless Hobo" and "Hard Traveling," the music of the folks Guthrie had eulogized, celebrated and bled for, being one of them to his holy shoes full of holes. More and more instruments came, the guys with the harmonica hooked to the guitar, the accordions and their endless rolling sounds and the wonder of the c-note, the ukulele.

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News
13
Oct

Washington Post - Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp remember Woody Guthrie

California-based folk musician Joel Rafael performed at the inaugural Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in 1998 and has played at the festival every year since. He toured with the Guthrie tribute show "Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway" and has released two albums of Guthrie's songs.

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News
11
Oct

Washington Times - Woody Guthrie gave life to protest songs he wrote, sang

Joel Rafael - a noted Guthrie historian and musician who has recorded several albums of the artist's music and is performing at the Kennedy Center show - says that Guthrie's songs have endured not just because they are singable tunes about critical issues, but also because Guthrie wasn't an armchair pundit. He lived his life in the field - even at the expense of his relationship with his family.

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News
09
Oct

Woody Guthrie at 100 - The Chronicle Review

Woody Guthrie has been having a blowout of a 100th birthday party, and it's lasted all year long. Forty-five years after his death in 1967, you can suddenly hear him everywhere.

...Not that it's always easy to embrace Guthrie. Joel Rafael, who has released two fine albums of Guthrie songs, observed, "There's an element to Woody that takes study. You have to apply yourself." Rafael describes Guthrie as a "Zen hobo." But hobos are complex figures in the American tradition. On the one hand, a hobo is a rebel who lives a life of adventure. On the other, a hobo is a bum, even if he's sometimes, as a well-known Guthrie refrain goes, a "great historical bum."

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News
03
Oct

Maverick Magazine Review: "America Come Home"

Old and brand spanking new, original or cover, here is a magnificent song bag.

In the final verse of the already familiar Joel Rafael/Woody Guthrie co-write Dance Around My Atom Fire, this California based musician sings with conviction: 'Warfare is not the settlement; bloodshed is not the element; shake hands and work together; dance around the atom fire.' 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Guthrie's birth and the song previously graced Rafael's Oklahoman troubadour tribute WOODYBOYE (2005).

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News
02
Oct

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival - Maverick Magazine

The Red Dirt Rangers have performed at every festival, as have Joel Rafael, a leading authority on Guthrie, Don Conoscenti, a highly respected multiinstrumentalist and regular headliner, Jimmy LaFave. Rafael included seven Guthrie songs in his set. With a newly released album AMERICA COME HOME Rafael played just one self-penned song from it Meanwhile The Rain. That gives you a measure of his respect for Guthrie's legacy - how many musicians, playing in front of thousands, would rather have promoted their own material?

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News
18
Sept

Joel Rafael Appearing on SiriusXM's Folk Alliance part One from the New Music Seminar at the Living Room

September 18th at 12pm
September 23rd at 7pm
and September 25th at 12pm

Featured Artists Include:
Joel Rafael, Stray Birds, Grant Peeples, Deering & Down, Brother Sun, Ellis, Michael Fracasso, Tracy Grammer, Chuck Mead, John Flynn, Sam Doores, Nels Andrews, Ariana Gillis, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Mare Winningham

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SiriusXM's The Living Room

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News
17
Sept

Incontro tra Joel Rafael (cantautore americano) & Pino Bertelli

Un’annotazione. Joel Rafael muove debutta come cantautore in piccoli club di Los Angeles, a San Diego e nella Baja California. Nel 1978 forma un duo con la folk singer di San Diego, Rosie Flores. Subito dopo i promoter locali lo notano e Rafael comincia a suonare in apertura ai concerti di Rick Danko , Emmy Lou Harris, John Lee Hooker, John Stewart, Laura Nyro e Taj Majal. Nel 1981 è in tour per tutto il sud ovest degli Stati Uniti con Jesse Colin Young e incide l’album d’esordio Dharma Bums.

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News
07
Sept

Saturday Sept. 29th, The Seattle Folklore Society Presents:
Joel Rafael and The Wanderers

SFS is pleased to present a very special celebration and tribute to the life of one of the most influential people in the world of Folk Music...Woody Guthrie. Join Northwest duo "The Wanderers" and recording artist-Guthrie expert Joel Rafael as they raise the roof in Seattle to celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. This show will have plenty of Guthrie history and singing! Songs from the obscure to the internationally renowned. Imagine, a whole night of Woody Guthrie!

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News
01
Sept

Article - "Looking for Woody" - by Joel Rafael - Elmore Magazine

I've packed my clothes, gear and guitar for my annual journey to Okema, Oklahoma, a small town of about 3,000 people located some 70 miles east of Oklahoma City on Interstate 40. I've made the trip to the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie and the home of the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival 14 times before.

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News
27
Aug

Review - Joel Rafael's "America Come Home"

"America Come Home", is California songwriter Joel Rafael's eighth album. The album provides 12 tracks of Rafael's unique brand of American Power Folk. "Dance Around My Atom Fire," is a Woody Guthrie-Joel Rafael co-write, which opens the album and sets the tone of social consciousness that permeates Rafael's writing. "America Come Home", the album's title track performed with David Crosby and Graham Nash, is a wonderful request to restore the American Dream"

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News
25
Aug

Happy 100th Birthday, Woody! Joel Rafael Band, "Woodeye: Songs of Woody Guthrie"

Every summer, in the long ago, we would travel south to visit family in Tulsa and I'd go fishing in the crystal clear water of Spavinaw Creek with my grandfather while my grandmother would talk about barite roses, the best way to fry a chicken, and Oklahoma's favorite sons, humorist Will Rogers and folk singer Woody Guthrie.

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News
24
Aug

Joel Rafael talks collaborating with Woody Guthrie on his new album, America Come Home

"People think of Woody Guthrie as just a wordsmith, but he had very strong melodies," says singer-songwriter and guitarist Joel Rafael. "I think he was very calculated in the way he wrote his melodies. He might have based them on traditional songs he'd heard before, but they were very bold – you can remember them. I try to do the same thing with my songs and anything I write to his lyrics, any of the collaborations. I want my melodies to strike a familiar place with people. That's how a song really hits home."

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News
21
Aug

"America Come Home" Receives Four Star Review

A respected folk artist in the vein of Woody Guthrie, Joel Rafael has crafted another winning album in "America Come Home." Whether co-writing a tune with the late Guthrie ("Dance Around My Atom Fire") or being joined by icons David Crosby and Graham Nash (title track), Rafael has delivered a thought-provoking - yet always entertaining - collection of twelve tunes.

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News
14
Aug

Elmore #52 Preview: Joel Rafael Explores The Life and Work of Woody Guthrie

The term "traditional folk music" brings to mind coffeehouses, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and maybe Bob Dylan with an axe in his hand, but much of folk was, and still is, based on political beliefs, and no one voiced his beliefs better than Woody Guthrie. Troubadour and gentle activist Joel Rafael has written a personal view of Guthrie for the upcoming Elmore, outlining Guthrie's impact on society and his up-and-down relationship with his fellow Americans.

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News
02
Aug

Joel Rafael Recorded Live at Newport Folk Festival 2012

Joel Rafael first began performing in showcases and small clubs around Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire in California. He formed a duo with San Diego-based Rosie Flores in 1978, enjoying standing-room-only crowds during their nine-month collaboration. Soon after, local promoters sought him as an opener for national touring acts from Rick Danko to Emmy Lou Harris, including John Lee Hooker, John Stewart, Laura Nyro, and Taj Majal. In 1981, Rafael toured the southwest with Jesse Colin Young, and released a debut album, Dharma Bums.

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News
01
Aug

Joel Rafael featured on the Artist Line up for This Land is Your Land - The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert

A lineup of renowned artists including Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Ry Cooder, Del McCoury Band with Tim O'Brien, Ani DiFranco, Donovan, Dropkick Murphys, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Jimmy LaFave, John Mellencamp, Tom Morello, Old Crow Medicine Show, Joel Rafael, and Rob Wasserman will salute folk music legend Woody Guthrie as the Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum®, presents This Land is Your Land - The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert on Sunday October 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The evening will celebrate the life and work of folk singer Woody Guthrie, whose songs have inspired change throughout the nation and the world. The performance is part of the Songs of Conscience concert series. Artists are subject to change.

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News
01
Aug

Newport Folk Festival fans the folk flame

Newport Folk Festival was the cutting edge during the '60s folk heyday. But after the event's resurrection in 1985, it struggled to survive financially and at times only tread water artistically until Jay Sweet took over as producer. Last year under Sweet's leadership, it sold out in advance for the first time in its over-50-year history. This year, except for Friday's Wilco/Megafaun/Blitzen Trapper concert, the July 27-29 event sold out months in advance, with a mix of generations assembling at Newport, Rhode Island's historic Fort Adams State Park on the Narragansett Bay. The main stage (of the four) was between the 19th-century fort and the water. Another stage was on the quad inside the fort itself.

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News
31
July

My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne Beat Hard Rain at Newport Folk Festival

A grey fog had descended and it had started to drizzle on My Morning Jacket's set at the Newport Folk Festival Saturday night, when frontman Jim James invited Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard onstage. "This one's for Levon," James said, kicking into the Band's "Makes No Difference" and gorgeously replicating Rick Danko's tearful delivery, while Howard belted her verses eyes-closed, threw her up her arms and twirled furiously as the band jammed.

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News
30
July

Newport Folk Festival: Joel Rafael

"In case you were wondering what instrument I'm playing ... it's an acoustic guitar," chuckled Joel Rafael as he took the Harbor stage early on Sunday. "It's a daring choice for a festival like this." Rafael is credited to be the leader in interpreting the work of Woody Guthrie, the famed folk singer whom recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Rafael has been touring since the early nineties and is on the rise in the national folk festival scene.

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News
24
July

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival (Okemah, Oklahoma July 11-15, 2012)

Michael Fracasso sang 'I'm going back to Oklahoma . . . and that's exactly what thousands of people did to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth. This annual festival is free apart from the opening night concert at the historic Crystal Theatre, which this year featured Guthrie's son Arlo. A sold out audience also enjoyed the opening act, Gretchen Peters, whose latest album HELLO CRUEL WORLD has been critically and commercially acclaimed as her best yet. That speaks volumes for a woman who has penned many hits for mainstream country stars.

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News
23
July

Joel Rafael in Conversation: The Living Room, NYC, June 19, 2012

On a beautiful late spring evening in NYC, I was lucky enough to find a parking spot on the street in the Village, and made it down to the Living Room for the 2012 Folk Alliance New Music Showcase, featuring a spellbinding live set from California-based singer/songwriter Joel Rafael performing songs from his newest album, America Come Home (with a surprise walk-on by Graham Nash). I had a chance to speak with Joel outside the venue after his performance. Read on and enjoy!

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News
20
July

Who needs Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber when you can hear Judy Collins sing Bob Dylan, while celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday?

It began last Wednesday with a special concert by Woody's 65-year-old son, Arlo Guthrie (remember "Alice's Restaurant"?) and singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, one of Nashville’s most gifted lyricists and singers. Peters has written a bunch of big hits for name performers, including "Independence Day" for Martina McBride. But I prefer Gretchen singing her own songs. Her new album, “Hello Cruel World,” is one of her best. She and Arlo performed at the newly restored Crystal Theatre in downtown Okemah, where the boyish Woody went to movies in the 1920s.

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News
13
July

Woody Guthrie Centennial: Singer Joel Rafael Celebrates, Co-Writes With Woody

The first songs that singer-songwriter Joel Rafael learned on guitar were Woody Guthrie’s – the standards of the ’60s folk revival scene, like “This Land Is Your Land.” Rafael never really got over them, and has spent his entire career paying tribute to Guthrie.

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News
10
July

Joel Rafael Live: KPFK Woody Guthrie Centennial Day - July 14th

Woody Guthrie wrote songs that became not only the sound-track of an era, but permanent fixtures of our American Identity. Guthrie's more than 3,000 songs covering countless subjects and appealing to all ages represented the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war. On Saturday July 14th, KPFK 90.7FM - Los Angeles celebrates Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday with special programming from 12 Noon to 6pm.

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News
15
May

Desert Folk: The Life and Songs of Joel Rafael

Many think folk music is on the way out," Rafael says. "But it isn't. It's on the way in. It's the music of the people. It may seep underground at times, but it's alive and flourishing." Most of Guthrie's recordings are field recordings of lesser quality -- rife with crackle and scratch and poor fidelity. Rafael wants people today to be able to listen, clearly listen to Guthrie's words that tell such amazing stories of people and events that shaped America, he says.

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News
14
May

Huffington Post Review: Occupy movement gets a shining soundtrack

"Occupy This Album," this homage to the Occupy Wall Street movement, is thick with troubadours and an eye toward social justice.

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News
11
May

Rolling Stone: Rockers Amp Up Occupy Relaunch

On May 15th, "Occupy This Album" - a 99-track compilation featuring Morello, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Joel Rafael, Yoko Ono and many more - goes on sale to raise funds for Occupy. "That's how we'll push this movement forward and keep income disparity on people's minds," says activist-singer Jason Samel, who organized the album. "By putting it on a record."

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News
27
April

Pre-order "Music for Occupy" Now!

"Occupy This Album" available now on pre-order as well as bundled packages!

Occupy This Album, a 4 disc, 99 song compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% available May 15th, 2012.

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News
20
April

Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert Is A Family Affair

Some shows you go in knowing how they will end before they even begin. Take the Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert. You know that was going to end with the various performers coming out and leading the audience in a rendition of "This Land Is Your Land." Even though the finale was a foregone conclusion, it still wound up being a very moving moment (more on that later) and the show that preceded it was far from a predictable concert experience.

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News
19
April

Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Show In Los Angeles - This Land Is Your Land!

Woody Guthrie would have been 100 years old this year, and there was a BIG old party for him last night at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Because it was Los Angeles, we dealt with the usual trifecta of traffic, long lines and confused box office workers, so we were late to the show, but were in good company as Steve Earle and Tim Robbins straggled in with us too, and seemed just as excited to get in. I learned a lot about Woody Guthrie from my friend, Tom Morello, so was most excited to see him be a part of such an epic show.

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News
18
April

North Hollywood - KPFK 90.7 announces its honorees for the 2nd Annual Hero Awards and Tribute.

Making Moves for Heroes: KPFK Moves the 2nd Annual Hero Awards to Club Nokia! The Hero Awards is a benefit series for the Los Angeles-based Pacifica Radio station

North Hollywood - KPFK 90.7 announces its honorees for the 2nd Annual Hero Awards and Tribute. The Hero Awards is a benefit series for the Los Angeles-based Pacifica Radio station. The event honors icons of our time who have left an impact on music and community. This year's honoree is musician and political poet Gil Scott-Heron, with special awards to Jazz bassist and activist Charlie Haden, music educator Fernando Pullum; and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Pete Seeger, American folk singer and activist. The 2nd Annual KPFK Hero Awards and Tribute will take place Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd, 3rd floor at the fabulous L.A. Live. The event starts with a VIP reception and silent auction from 5 pm to 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. The line-up will feature a host of prolific and poetic artists. The invited list of performers and guest speakers include Ben Harper, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Jill Scott, Tim Robbins, Ledisi, Nas, Nailah Porter, Mos Def, Saul Williams, Ravi Coltrane and Flying Lotus. Brian Jackson, long-time collaborator with Gil Scott-Heron, will be on hand as Music Director.

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News
18
April

"Occupy This Album: a compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% OUT MAY 15TH

The City Winery in New York to Host Occupy This Album Record Release Party May 8th, 2012

The City Winery in New York to Host Occupy This Album
Record Release Party May 8th, 2012

Occupy This Album Embeddable Digital Sampler Available Now

Album Features Fan Favorite and Never Before Released Tracks From Ani DiFranco, UNKLE, David Amram, Joan Baez, Tom Chapin, Willie Nelson, Rain Phoenix, Patti Smith, Anti Flag, Girls Against Boys, Garland Jeffreys, New Party Systems Featuring Kyp Malone, Yoko Ono, Amanda Palmer, Dar Williams, The Mammals Featuring Pete Seeger, David Crosby & Graham Nash, George Martinez & The Global Block Collective, Jackson Browne, Yo La Tengo, The Guthrie Family, Matt Pless, Filmmaker Michael Moore, Mogwai and More!

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News
17
April

"Occupy This Album Record Release Party and Concert - 5/8

Public On-Sale Tomorrow 4/17 - There are only 170 tickets available so reserve now before they go public tomorrow and sell out fast.

Join City Winery and Music for Occupy on May 8th to inspire and celebrate through music the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% who've been adversely affected by the economic corruption that has permeated our Democracy, created a near insurmountable disparity in wealth, and hindered life, liberty, justice and the pursuit of an honest living for all.

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April

"Billboard Magazine" - Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

he Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."

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29
Mar

Joel Rafael to Perform at the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration In Los Angeles

Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Dawes, John Doe, Richie Furay, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello, Joel Rafael, Rob Wasserman and More To Perform At L.A.'s This Land is Your Land ~ The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert

Tickets To Go On Sale Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. PST

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06
Mar

Songwriter Joel Rafael Brings His Woody Guthrie Insight to South by Southwest

Rafael will bring his unique interpretations to the world-renowned South By Southwest Music Conference taking place next week. On Thursday, March 15th at 1:30 PM Joel Rafael will join Jimmy LaFave, Douglas Brinkley, Dave Marsh, and Nora Guthrie for a panel on "Woody Guthrie at 100." The discussion will take place at the Austin Convention Center- Room 18ABC. Later that evening, he will perform at the "GRAMMY Museum's Woody Guthrie Memorial Tribute" at St. David's Church beginning at 8PM. This all-star tribute will feature Rafael alongside Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ruthie Foster, David Garza, Carrie Rodriquez, Jimmy LaFave and more.

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11
Jan

Joel Rafael to Present His "Woody Guthrie's American Road" Program on the Lyceum State at San Diego Repertory on January 20

Rafael Also to Play Acoustic Concert Live at Rock Valley in San Diego on Jan. 21

As Woody Guthrie's centennial year begins, singer-songwriter Joel Rafael will present his program "Woody Guthrie's American Road" before the Friday, January 20 performance of the world premiere workshop production of A Hammer, A Bell, and a Song To Sing at San Diego Repertory (Jan. 10-29, www.sdrep.org). Rafael, known for his interpretations of Guthrie's work, takes the stage at 7PM, to paint a vivid portrait of the American folk icon through live musical performance, photographic images, and readings of Guthrie's prose. "Woody Guthrie's American Road" evokes the timelessness of Guthrie's musical and literary contributions, and the relevance of his overall body of work

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25
Nov

Occupy This Album: Rock and Roll Legacy, Grassroots Artists Lend Music And Support for 99%

Crosby and Nash, Third Eye Blind, Devo, Jackson Browne, Ladytron, Lloyd Cole, The Guthrie Family, Joel Rafael and filmmaker and activist Michael Moore are coming together to contribute their voices and talents to Occupy This Album, a compilation record inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that will be released in winter 2011-2012

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