There‘s a four letter word that starts with F and ends with K. It‘s Folk, and here on FolkPod, professional percussionist Cheryl Prashker talks to her friends about the music that‘s been their life‘s work. Every other week, you‘ll hear personal stories about their lives, their passions, and their music.
Benjamin Dakota Rogers TikTok Folk Super Star
Benjamin Dakota Rogers is a new voice with the sound of an old soul. At just 25, this Gen Z-er is already a four-time international songwriting competition winner, and from his first word to his newest single, music has infused every part of his life. Now Benjamin tells Cheryl how he came to live and work in a barn, his songwriting secrets, and how he became a social media sensation, literally overnight.
Mama’s Broke, Mama’s Tired, Mama’s Hungry
It's International Women's Day, so FolkPod brings you a very special episode with not just one, but TWO of Cheryl's favorite women! Mama's Broke is our first Canadian duo (and first duo EVER on FolkPod). Don't miss a minute of them sharing their gorgeous harmonies, incredible chemistry and the stories behind the songs.
Mary Gauthier WARNING: FALLING IGUANAS
Mary Gauthier has so many accolades it's hard to even list them all... Grammy Nominee, International Folk Music Awards Artist of the Year Winner, GLAAD Media Awards Nominee, and many, MANY more! Plus, her songs have been covered by by performers including Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Kathy Mattea, and Jimmy Buffett. Finding success, however, was a bumpy road. Now, Mary has a wide-ranging chat with Cheryl about protecting herself from falling iguanas, her first spark of inspiration, starting over at 40, the myth of sex, drugs, & rock and roll, her healing work with Songwriting with Soldiers, and of course, her new book "Saved by a Song," which Cheryl calls a must-read!
Happy Traum Has Taught Over 100,000 People to Play Guitar
From New York City's High School of Music and Art, to Sundays in Washington Square Park and Woodstock, Happy Traum has been the heart and soul of the American folk music scene. He's cold-called guitar legend Brownie McGhee, hit the big time with his brother Artie, played with dozens of folk music luminaries, and taught hundreds of thousands how to play through Homespun Music. He even designed his own signature guitar to rave reviews! Now hear him tell Cheryl his 60 year story in under an hour! Plus, he even plays a previously unreleased song just for our FolkPod fans!
Darryl Purpose Has Never Had a Real Job
Long-time listener, first time guest Darryl Purpose chats with Cheryl about his journey from world-class blackjack player to globetrotting musician, how a protest march turned into the first ever stadium concert in Russia, and a run-in with the law that jumpstarted his music career. Plus, hear how he won a million dollars sitting in a Starbucks and about the dream about Darryl that Dave Carter turned into a song.
Cheryl Prashker Is Too Shy - First Anniversary Special!
Happy One Year Anniversary, FolkPodders! We're turning the tables by having Cheryl interviewed by our friend of more than 20 years, fellow musician, and guest host extraordinaire Carolann Solebello! Cheryl's been drumming pretty much as long as she can remember, but if think performing and schmoozing come naturally to her, has she got stories for you! Plus how she saved Lou Reed's voice AND David Bowie's birthday, all in one week! Find out (almost) everything you wanted to know about Cheryl Prashker when she hits the guest chair and in the hot seat with guest host Carolann Solebello! It's our very special anniversary gift to YOU! Thanks for being the best listeners ever!
Always a great conversation
Cheryl’s golden voice and thoughtful questions make this a special podcast.
Like sitting on Cheryl's couch
Listening to these podcasts is like sitting on a couch listening to two friends talking. Cheryl is a wonderful interviewer. She makes her interviewee so comfortable. Her anniversary interview with Carolan Solebello is a true gem. They are true buddies. Waiting for her to write"Me and Joni and Guacamole".
This pod IS folk music!
This pod is folk music in podcast form. What do I mean? It is of the people, for the people, by a person.... It is simple and straight forward. Stories are told. Emotions are shared. Connections are made. It is simply a delightful interview show that lifts the curtain and lets us meet the people behind the music in a genre where nobody is in it for glitz and fame, they're in it for the music.