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Park Arts Playlist: Feelin' Folksy

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

On this sunny Sunday, take a listen to some light-hearted songs with strummed guitar, fiddle music, tight harmonies, and storytelling lyrics. This week, we have a wonderful playlist of folk tunes from our GDPI program partners and local musicians. Sit back and enjoy the acoustic melodies and beautifully blended harmonies in this folksy playlist.

In 2020, our Programs Department was forced to cancel over 50 FREE concerts due to the public health crisis surrounding Covid-19, along with the cancellation of the other 400+ programs we had planned for the community this year. We are hopeful that in Spring 2021, Greensboro Downtown Parks will be able to return to in-person programming. In the meantime, we're bringing you this new blog series - Park Arts Playlists - a new playlist every week, featuring music from artists that either have performed at the downtown parks before or who would have performed this year.

If you're interested in helping us do more to support artists and creative engagement in our community, please consider becoming a donor and contributing to our $10K in 10 Weeks Campaign.

1. Anything for You by Sam Frazier: Sam Frazier is a talented guitarist (and pianist and bassist), as well as a singer and a songwriter, based in Greensboro. Anything for You features a fast guitar melody and upbeat lyrics to kick off this week's folksy playlist.

2. Omie Wise by Banjo Earth: Banjo Earth is a world music project by banjo pioneer Andy Eversole. He has traveled the globe, armed only with his banjo and some recording equipment, to collaborate and create music with other cultures. Andy Eversole has been a staple artist on the North Carolina folk and bluegrass music scene for many years. Enjoy the crisp vocals and banjo twang of Omie Wise.

3. Sounds Like You by Admiral Radio: Becca Smith and Coty Hoover were inspired to begin their musical duo, Admiral Radio, after finding a dusty wooden radio in the back of an antique shop. The strummed guitar, fiddle tune, tight harmonies, and storytelling lyrics of Sounds Like You from Admiral Radio are sure to draw you in.

4. Cards with the Devil by Andy Squint: With his bottleneck slide guitar,singer/songwriter Andy Squint brings a taste of Louisiana blues and Americana to his music. Cards with the Devil showcases Andy Squint's soulful, storytelling lyrics and the twang of his classic slide guitar.

5. The Station by Dropping Julia: Lead singer Emily Kresky exudes soulful sass through her storytelling songs. Combined with Sean Bracken (drums), Sam Passe (guitar), Alex Bragg (guitar) and Sebastian Nikischer (bass), Dropping Julia's style is a mixture of mellow and dreamy yet upbeat and funky music. The Station features the classic soulful sound of Dropping Julia with the addition of a fiddle melody in the background.

6. Old White House by Abigail Dowd: Abigail Dowd is a Greensboro-based singer/songwriter/guitarist, known for her soulful voice and storytelling lyrics. Goodbye Yesterday showcases Dowd's soulful voice and soft classical guitar.

7. Pretty Words by Casey Noel: Young singer/songwriter, Casey Noel captivates listeners with her heartfelt music that 'beautifies sadness and gives wings to something tender.' Take a listen to this Americana-tinged song from Noel's debut album, Not Just Pretty Words.

8. Purple Clouds by Bruce Piephoff: Bruce Piephoff began his music career in the late 1960s while he was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Piephoff's music is firmly rooted in the Appalachian tradition of story-songs and character portraits. Easily touching both the shores of folk music and poetry with simple, compelling imagery and subtle depth, Piephoff’s unassuming voice, ringing with wit and sincerity, steals the show.

9. Small Mythologies by Pete Pawsey: Pete Pawsey is a talented musician based in Durham, NC. Small Mythologies is from Pawsey's 2018 album, Old Crow and Other Stories.

10. Not Alone ('Til You Come Home) by Blue Cactus: Blue Cactus is a country duo based in Chapel Hill, NC. Led by Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez, Blue Cactus creates songs ranging from 'gritty honky-tonk to heartbreaking balladry.' Blue Cactus is known for their impressive vocal harmonies and dynamic twang which characterize the band's unique sound.

Happy listening! Don't forget to check back next Sunday for more songs by local artists and GDPI partners!

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