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 thirty-second 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

April 2015

Listen to the whole show Podcast #32 here

or in sections:



32.01 In It For The Long Run Jim Rooney
32.02 Tennessee Border Lee Valley String Band
32.03 Wild River Rolls Lee Valley String Band
32.04 My Sweet Love Ain’t Around Lee Valley String Band
32.05 Mama’s House Naomi Sommers
32.06 Sea of Heartbreak Naomi Sommers
32.07 Gentle As The Sun Naomi Sommers
32.08 Shanty Boat Bill Mickey Clark
32.09 Louise Mickey Clark
32.10 Don’t Piss On My Boots Mickey Clark
32.11 Bubbles In My Beer Chris Meehan &His Redneck Friends
32.12 To Make Love Sweeter For You Chris Meehan &His Redneck Friends
32.13 Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This Chris Meehan &His Redneck Friends