Folk & Acoustic Music

Every Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on 91.3 WLRN
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

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Folk & Acoustic Music
3:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Marking 350 Mini Performance Vidoes


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. 

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Folk & Acoustic Music
3:00 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Butch Ross live singing "Shenandoah"

Butch Ross  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.

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Folk & Acoustic Music
3:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Ana Bai - Tina & Her Pony

Ana Bai

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).

Folk & Acoustic Music
3:00 pm
Sun February 6, 2011

Mean Mary singing live "I've Been Down"

Mean Mary singing I've Been Down

“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