Season 5

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Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Tom Paxton talks of the early days of the American Folk Movement, in Greenwich Village. He walks us throughthe writing of the classic song, “The Last Thing On My Mind,” recorded by Neil Diamondand others, and tells us about the Monday evening when a skinny kid from Minnesota walked onto a Greenwich Village stage and sang three Woody Guthrie songs, launching the legend of Bob Dylan. He says, “You get two people together and make some music, and all of a sudden you got friends.”

Canadian songwriting legend Bruce Cockburn visits Songs at the Center to discuss his career as an artist, activist, songwriter and author, offering his plea for a culture thatplaced greater value on the civil exchange of ideas. He sings his American hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” written following his visit to a Guatemalan refugee camp. A contemporary of the late Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Gordon Lightfoot, he also discusses the influence that Canadian songwriters have had on America. He says, “I feel the songs are there to be shared. That’s the point of having them.” And add them we do, on Songs at the Center.



Sarah Peacock, T.Wong and John Schwab with Molly Pauken.

Sugarcane Jane (Savana Lee and Anthony Crawford), Andrew Adkins and Ronnie “Diamond” Hoard.

Erin Enderlin, Craig S. Heath and Nikki D. & Gloria Brown (Nikki D & the Browns)

Chris Trapper, Olivia Millerschin and Diana Chittester.

Nellie McKay, Lil’ Red and the Rooster (Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet) and Eric Gnezda.