Folk & Acoustic Music

Every Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on 91.3 WLRN
  • Hosted by Michael Stock

The focus of Folk & Acoustic Music is to create a community to support folk music. Throughout history, folk music has traveled in small circles, passed primarily by singing families who did not knowhow to write them down. Even today, folk music is obscure and hard to find. Through folk music, our history and culture is revealed in songs and stories. Every Sunday afternoon for 3 hours, WLRN airs the only folk music show in South Florida, which includes interviews and performances with local and national touring artists, and plays music from a collection of over 8000 CDs.

Everyone who hears Folk & Acoustic Music reacts differently. Some songs may trigger memories of growing up, or provoke laughter and even tears. Some of the historic or contemporary protest music may make you mad, or even empower you to effect positive change. A guitar instrumental may mesmerize and inspire you to learn a new lick, or you can become encouraged to sponsor a house concert with a local folk organization. Some songs might even teach you about Florida's history.

The "Acoustic" in Folk & Acoustic Music accounts for all contemporary music that has roots in folk music. Included in this broad definition is blues and gospel music, contemporary singer/songwriters, bluegrass, old-time music, and music from around the world, good music that deserves to be heard.

For information on songs played on Folk & Acoustic Music, as well as archived interviews and video of studio performances, go to Michael's web

More on the Public Storyteller:

Suzy Bogguss - South Florida Folk Festival

Jan 9, 2017

County Star Suzy Bogguss will make an appearance at The South Florida Folk Festival later in January. Michael Stock interviews Suzy about her career on Folk & Acoustic Music

Hadi Yaziji - Art 4 Peace Concert

Jan 9, 2017

Hadi Yaziji has decided to do something about the Syrian refugee problem, and a local concert will help raise money for humanitarian assistance 

(10-12-2016) Today’s Topical Currents profiles longtime WLRN staffer and folk music buff, Michael Stock.

There are few locally produced radio music programs with a history of some 35 years on the air, but his FOLK AND ACOUSTIC program spins each Sunday with a wide range of authentic music—both recorded and live.

So join us for a program of music and down-home fun with Michael Stock . . . only on  Topical Currents 

Banjo - An Illustrated History by Bob Carlin

Aug 15, 2016


Jan 25, 2016


Bob Lind Interview

Sep 30, 2015


"Dylan Goes Electric" author interview

Jul 29, 2015

July 25th 1965, Bob Dylan surprised everyone and went on stage of the Newport Folk Festival with an electric band. It was the night Pete Seeger became part of the older generation.



This marks Michael Stock's 350th video!! Browse and subscribe to his YouTube channel and see some unique live in-studio mini performances recorded during his live radio broadcasts. 

Visit the YouTube Channel here.

From  When Butch Ross opened for Bill Staines last fall, he received a rare accolade: a standing ovation for an opening act. He transforms the lowly mountain dulcimer into a virtuoso's instrument, drawing from it unexpected power and expressiveness. He mixes old country and Appalachian songs with his own wordy, literate, poetic ballads about people, places, and situations you might read about in a good book of short stories. He has a strong clear voice and a stage presence of boyish charm.

T & HP bring a unique sound to the folk tradition, with radical, queer lyrics, uncommon instrumentation and vocals tighter than your mamas’ brazier. Tina and Her Pony released their full length album in March 2012. The album was mixed and mastered in Oakland, Calif. with Myles Boisen (The Tigerlilies; Kronos Quartet) and features trumpeter Chris Grady (also featured on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations).

“Mean” Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Her mom (author, Jean James) and dad (WWII veteran, William James) lived a very nomadic lifestyle. On one occasion they packed up the family (Mary was four at the time) and moved from Florida to North Minnesota, near the Canadian border, to rough it in the wilds. more at