Larry Long on FIRST PERSON RADIO 11/8/17

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock  on Wednesday, November 8 at 1 pm as she talks with Larry Long, an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. Author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American Troubadour.” Larry has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. His work has taken him from rural Alabama to the Lakota communities in South Dakota. He has given musical voice to struggling Midwest farmers, embattled workers, and veterans. He was the troubadour for peace on Soviet/American peace cruises, sang for Mrs. Rosa Parks at the 45th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and organized the Mississippi River Revival, a decade long campaign to cleanup the Mississippi river. He assembled the first hometown tribute to Woody Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma, which today has evolved into the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. (from his bio) We will listen to just a few of Larry’s works of music written for the world.

Larry Long is doing what more singers and songwriters should be doing: using music to help people learn to work together, and bring a world of peace. —PETE SEEGER

Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Long has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world, including Awesome Africa Festival (South Africa), Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada), at the Hollywood Bowl with Kris Kristofferson, and at Madison Square Garden with Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen and many others for Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Celebration.

Long’s work in schools and communities sparked the creation of an international non-profit organization, Community Celebration of Place, which creates intergenerational and multicultural opportunities for students to learn and grow through a program called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song.

Larry Long is a recipient of the Bush Artists Fellowship, the Pope John XXIII Award, Leadership In Neighborhood Fellowship (St. Paul Companies), Sustainability Award, and In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for his work in forgotten communities.  

Long is presently producing and performing with American Roots Revue which celebrates 

America’s richest musical traditions of First Nation, gospel, folk, blues, and R&B. Backed by some of the finest musicians making music across the world today.  American Roots Revue is a must-see event whose ever-changing line-up.   



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