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


These podcasts are installments 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.


Listen to Podcast #6 here

Program #6:  Folk Music Scene in Cambridge: Joan Baez, Eric Von Schmidt, Club 47 artists


Listen to Podcast #7 here

Program #7: Rediscovery of old recording artists (Clarence Ashley, Hobart Smith, Mississippi John Hurt, Sleepy John Estes, etc.) at Club 47 & Newport Folk Festival


Listen to Podcast #8 here

Program #8: Meeting Bill Monroe. Concert w/Doc Watson & Pete Seeger; Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, and young songwriters @ 1963 Newport Folk Festival


Listen to Podcast #9 here

Program #9: Introduction to Irish Music, 1963. Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem; Liam Clancy & Joe Heaney; Barney McKenna & John Sheahan, Willie Clancy, Ronnie Drew, The Dubliners


Listen to Podcast #10 here

Program #10: Changing times @ Club 47 and Newport, 1965. Kweskin Jug Band Pw/Bill Keith, Peter Rowan & Bill Monroe, “Spider” John Koerner, Richard & Mimi Farina, The Chambers Brothers, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan goes electric.