Jim Rooney has spent the past fifty years or so playing, writing, promoting, recording, and producing American folk music – both traditional and contemporary. He is, perhaps, best known these days as the record producer for Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, John Prine, and many others – a body of work for which he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION in 2009.

He also has a Facebook page for current happenings. Feel free to “Like” it

This program is the twenty- eighth installment broadcast by Royalton Community Radio in Vermont, a sort of companion soundtrack to Jim’s new memoir IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN, his third book about the history of this music

March 2015

Writers and songs from Forerunner Music Group

Listen to the hour-long Podcast #28 here

or in segments:


Old friend Steve Gillette





Bluegrasser Tim O’Brien and Tony Arata, writer of THE DANCE





Garth Brooks and Shawn Camp


In February 2015, Shawn Camp won his 2nd Grammy, this time as lead singer for the bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester

Earls of Leicester

Earls of Leicester


28.01 In It For The Long Run Jim Rooney
28.02 Darcy Farrow Nanci Griffith
28.03 Always A Train In My Dreams Steve Gillette
28.04 The Old Trail Steve Gillette
28.05 Grapes On The Vine Steve Gillette
28.06 Grapes On The Vine Bill&Bonnie Hearne
28.07 Healing Hands Don Williams
28.08 Untold Stories Kathy Mattea
28.09 When There’s No One Around Tim O’Brien
28.10 The Dance Tony Arata
28.11 The Change Garth Brooks
28.12 Everyone Equal In Eyes Of Love Patty Loveless
28.13 Long Stretch Of Lonesome Patty Loveless
28.14 Travelin’ Teardrop Blues Shawn Camp
28.15 Baby’s Gone Home To Mama Shawn Camp