Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

This episode salutes dozens of folk singers who had hit 45s between 1950 and 1975 – the era of the folk music craze. Some acts charted with traditional tunes passed down from past generations. Others sang new compositions or tunes from entirely different genres – just masquerading as folk songs.  

We’ll spotlight a ground-breaking, early 1960s television folk music series whose title was coined by a singer/songwriter the producers banned from appearing on the show.

And we’ll detail the history behind the mega-hit that was originally written in support of leaders of the U.S. Communist Party. 

You’ll hear about the folk singers that the Beatles and Beach Boys replaced as the most successful group on the Capital Records label.

Our resident rockologist, Ken Deutsch, also drops by with the stories of several rock stars who tried to reinvigorate their careers with folk songs.

So, gather around your podcast playback device for our hit singles hootenanny.