Best Way to Compensate for the Lack of Roots-Music Radio - 2008
Down Home Radio Show
Everyone complains about how the local airwaves suck, but instead of bitching, you should go online to find a Gotham-based program that actually has good roots music?the podcast-formatted Down Home Radio Show, hosted by guitarist Eli Smith since its start in 2006. DHR provides folk-music programs with in-depth interviews and is supported by Smith, who swallows the cost of the show but hopes to get outside support through tax-deductible donations (DHR is a nonprofit). So far, he?s corralled guests like Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Peter Stampfel (whom Smith occasionally jams with), Del McCoury, and Jeffrey Lewis alongside rare historic broadcasts (Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie playing together) and has even snagged a slot at iTunes. Smith takes solace from Bob Dylan?s satellite-radio show (which covers some of the same ground) and extends an open invitation for the Hibbing Bard to appear on DHR if he?s so inclined.