“All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song”-Louis Armstrong
Folk music has always been the music of the people.
Folk music has always been a transforming vehicle to bring people together; to highlight issues of the day; to inspire people to commit to and bring about change.
Folk music teaches…
Today is the birthday of a folk singer that I saw many, many years ago, several times, in Greenwich Village, NY: Jerry Jeff Walker, who turns 71 years old today!!! Jerry Jeff is an upstate NY boy, born in Oneonta, NY. If you aren’t familiar with Jerry Jeff Walker himself, you’re probably familiar with a song that he wrote and became a great hit for Sammy Davis, Jr., Mr. Bojangles. Mr. Bojangles was also a commercial hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Here’s Jerry Jeff performing his original version of Mr. Bojangles.