Jack Bohl

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I've been a KBOO Folk Stripper since 1995, starting out as a host of Folk Espresso, and since Spring of 2009 I have been a host Pastures of Plenty on first Wednesdays. I'm not a musician, but I've been playing the stereo ever since I got my first transistor radio in 1961. I was a huge fan of the British Invasion groups and then Soul Music, but I didn't care for the folk music I heard on Top 40 radio. My best friend in high school was a big fan of early Bob Dylan, and I liked Fairport Convention when I heard them on underground FM radio in my hometown of Milwaukee (spelled with two "e"s, as in Wisconsin). I bought all of Ry Cooder's albums starting with his first LP in 1970. That's where I was introduced to the music of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. I began liking folk music when I heard Leo Kottke and some of the folky music in the later 1970s. Living in cultural mecca Ann Arbor, MI for 3 years opened my ears to blues, jazz classical and folk music. I remember sitting on the front steps of the Ark Coffeehouse listening to Norman Blake playing inside hours before his show. I produced the Portland FolkMusic Society Third Friday concerts from 1995 through 2006 and discovered the amazing wealth of great musicians here in the Portland and the Pacific NW. I have a fairly eclectic taste in music and I enjoy blending familiar favorites with new sounds on my shows. If I had to make a short list of my all- time favorite folk artists it would be Dave Carter, Ry Cooder, Leo Kottke, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, and Bob Dylan- though they are all more than just folk artists. More recent favorites are Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, Doug Smith, Misty River Band, Harry Manx, Chris Smither, Milwaukeeans Willy Porter and Peter Mulvey, and Eva Cassidy. My favorite music of the past 4 years has been that of Portland's own the Decemberists, a band that seamlessly blends "Indie Rock", 1960's prog rock, and folk. It's a real privilege and a treat to be part of the KBOO Community.

Pastures of Plenty: Outlaws

Airs at: Wed, 12/07/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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Outlaws are not uniquely American, but the myth of the outlaw is deeply embedded in the folklore of American history from the Western Frontier Days of the late19th Century into the Dust Bowl and Great Depression and right up DB Cooper in 1971. Folk music has always served a... Read more

Pastures of Plenty on 11/16/22

Airs at: Wed, 11/16/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Espresso - Gales of November

Airs at: Mon, 11/14/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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Join hosts Jack Bohl, Gordy Euler and Jonathan lay for the annual Gales of November program. The show features songs of storms and shipwrecks, ranging from the Pacific Northwest, to Newfoundland and beyond, and of course the Great Lakes. Oregon coastal stories in song inclu... Read more

Remembering DB Cooper, Paul Siebel, and Mary McCaslin

Airs at: Wed, 11/02/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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On November 24, 1971, a man who is now infamously known as DB Cooper jumped out of a commercial airliner he hijacked into myth and legend over SW Washington with a parachute and $200,000 in cash. He was never seen again, his true identity is still not known, and the hijacki... Read more

Pastures of Plenty on 10/19/22

Airs at: Wed, 10/19/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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Airs at: Wed, 10/05/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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Autumn is that magic time of year when mornings are misty and foggy, giving way to the brightest blue skies, and colors over the land. Today’s show features songs that evoke the spectrum of feelings that autumns evokes.   This episode of Pastures of Plenty features medit... Read more

Train Songs

Airs at: Wed, 09/07/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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The glamour of luxury trains of the past, trains that took loved ones away or brought them home, and the siren call of the lonesome train whistle have been the subject of hundreds of classic American folk, country and blues songs since the heyday of railroads from the 1930s... Read more

Pastures of Plenty on 08/17/22

Airs at: Wed, 08/17/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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Flowers, Earth's Music

Airs at: Wed, 08/03/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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Poet Edwin Curran wrote: “Flowers are the music of the ground, from earth's lips spoken without sound.” In her novel The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” In this episode of Pastures of P... Read more

Pastures of Plenty on 07/27/22

Airs at: Wed, 07/27/2022 at 5:30am - 7:00am
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