03 November 2011

Rag Radio : Singer/Songwriter and Community Activist Charlie Faye

Austin singer/songwriter Charlie Faye with Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP studios in Austin, Texas, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Photo by Tracey Schulz / Rag Radio.

Singer/songwriter and community activist Charlie Faye
on Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer. Listen to it here:

Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio this Friday, November 4, 2011, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP 91-7-FM in Austin will be Greenlandic Inuit explorer, social worker, and actor Ole Jørgen Hammeken, star of the award-winning film, Inuk, and the film's executive producer, Marc Buriot. Stream it live here.

Charlie Faye, Austin-based singer/songwriter and community activist, was Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio, Friday, October 28.

On January 1, 2010, Charlie Faye, embarked on a modern bohemian adventure. In 10 months, Charlie made her home in 10 different towns: Tucson, Los Angeles, Portland, Boulder, CO, Shreveport, LA, Burlington, VT, Milwaukee, Nashville, Asheville, NC, and New York City. Traveling alone, Charlie put together a new band in each town and wrote and recorded a new song with local musicians each month. Her 10-town-made Travels with Charlie record represents a real cross-section of our national roots-based, Americana music scene.

Charlie Faye also has become one of Austin's most recognized music community organizers. A front-page story in the Austin American-Statesman outlined her efforts to save Wilson Street, a musicians' enclave of cottages in South Austin. Charlie discusses with us the sense of community among musicians in Austin (a major factor in her decision to move to Austin in 2007), the importance of affordable housing for the Austin artistic community, and the unique role that the Wilson Street cottages have played.

(After the show was broadcast, Charlie forwarded to us, via Facebook, a 30-day "Notice of Lease Termination and Notice to Vacate" the properties at 2606 and 2610 Wilson Street; the lots are scheduled for redevelopment.)

Charlie's history also includes touring as a sideman with Dan Zanes and Greg Garing, as well as playing alongside Natalie Merchant, Bettysoo, Will Sexton, and many others. On the show, we discuss her accomplishments and her adventures, and she performs live.

Rag Radio -- hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer -- is broadcast every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CDT) on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, and streamed live on the web. KOOP is an all-volunteer cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas.

Rag Radio, which has been aired since September 2009, features hour-long in-depth interviews and discussion about issues of progressive politics, culture, and history. After broadcast, all episodes are posted as podcasts and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive. Tracey Schulz is the show's engineer and co-producer.

Rag Radio is also rebroadcast on Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA. Rag Radio is produced in the KOOP studios, in association with The Rag Blog, a progressive internet newsmagazine, and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Coming up on Rag Radio:
  • Nov. 4, 2011: Greenlandic Inuit Explorer and Actor Ole Jørgen Hammeken and Inuk Executive Producer Marc Buriot.
  • Nov. 11, 2011: Author and Sustainability Advocate Ellen LaConte.
  • Nov. 18, 2011: Singer/Songwriter, Author, Actor & Artist Bobby Bridger.
  • Nov. 25, 2011: UT-Austin Government Professor David Edwards.
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