RAG RADIO: Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter Eliza Gilkyson on Music & Social Activism

Hall-of-fame musician and political activist also performs three songs live on the show.

Eliza Gilkyson and Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP-FM studios in Austin. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Eliza Gilkyson, twice Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and activist, is Thorne Dreyer‘s guest on Rag Radio. Gilkyson, one of the nation’s most respected folk, roots, and Americana musicians, sings three songs, two of which had never been performed on radio before, and discusses her life, her work, and her social activism.

Eliza talks about her latest video, produced with her son, Cisco Ryder, set to her 2008 song, “The Great Correction.” The video features a collection of powerful photos “depicting the brave souls who, throughout this nation’s history, fought for a decent society and a protected and loved planet.” It can be viewed at http://elizagilkyson.com/. Eliza also discusses her social activism and her ideas about the relationship between her songwriting and her commitment to social change.

The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, composer of such classics as “The Bare Necessities,” and “Memories Are Made of This.” Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father. Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush, and Rosanne Cash and have been used in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. Eliza, who has toured worldwide, is a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame and, in addition to her Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album and Best Contemporary Folk Album, Eliza is a multiple winner at the Austin Music Awards and the Folk Alliance Awards.


This is Eliza Gilkyson’s third visit to Rag Radio. Find all three podcasts here.


ragradio250x250Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP in Austin, is streamed live at Radio Free America, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT HD-3 90.1-FM, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA — and is a featured podcast at Veterans Today. All Rag Radio podcasts can be found at the Internet Archive. Contact: [email protected].

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