Folk Espresso

Folk Espresso, early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

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Folk Espresso on 02/08/16

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/01/16

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 01/25/16

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 01/25/2016 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 01/18/16

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 01/11/16

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 01/04/16

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 01/04/2016 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 12/28/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 12/21/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 12/14/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 12/07/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.


Folk Espresso playlist for 03/31/2014

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Bob Cotta

Bully in the Alley

Saving the Wawona

Schooner Fare

Fiddler’s Green

Closer to the Wind

Ray Troll

Cannery Girl

Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers

John Towley

The Jamestown Homeward Bound

A Chesapeake Sailor’s Companion

Geoff Kauffman

Herzogin Cecile

Fair Stood the Wind

Gordon Bok

Wiscasset Schooners


Jon Bartlett/Rika Ruebsaat

The Oda G

Northwest Tugboat Songs

Mary Garvey

Tall Trees

The Bills

Bamfield’s John Vanden

Let ‘em Run

Great Big Sea

Harbor Lecou

The Hard and the Easy

Pint and Dale


White Horses

Tow Lewis

The Last Shanty

Poles Apart Too

Holdstock and MacLeod

Fish and Chip Ship

Deepwater Return

The Johnson Girls

Roll, Boys, Roll

On the Rocks

The Boarding Party

Otho’s Song

Tis Our Sailing Time

The Finest Kind

From Dover to Calais

For Honour and For Gain

The Shifty Sailors

Liverpool Judies

Haul On

Lee Murdock

Reuben Ranzo

Standing at the Wheel

Yankee Clipper

Lament for the Landlocked Whale

Hauling Home


Wee Pot Stove

Divas of the Dockside


Tanqueray Martini-o

Yup, I Said That

Gordon Lightfoot

Ghosts of Cape Horn

Gord’s Gold Vol. II

Jeff Warner et al

Away Rio

Steady as She Goes

The Cutters

Roll Down

Live Aboard the Wawona

Chris Roe

Bad Boys and Privateers

A Round for the Company

Roberts and Berrand

Get Up, Jack, John, Sit Down

Across the Western Ocean

Folk Espresso playlist for 03/24/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Tim GrimmRovin' GamblerThe Turning Point
Martha ScanlanThe West Was BurningThe West Was Burning
Roy Book BinderThey Called Him JuniorThe Good Book
Maggie & Terre RocheUnderneath the MoonSeductive Reasoning
Laura SmithWhat Goes Around (Comes Around)Everything Is Moving
Abigail WashburnCity of RefugeCity of Refuge
Lauren SheehanBearcat BluesThe Light Still Burns
Boy and BeanTonight You Belong To MeSelf-Titled CD
The Libertine BellesPlinkin'Self-Titled CD
Johnny EdsonMeditationMore Than Friends
Katie McNallyBad Soup / Riff Raff and WidgetFlourish
Aaron ZigSlippery SlopeThe Medicine's Kicking In
Bruce CockburnGreat Big LoveNothing But a Burning Light
Leo KottkeRingsEssential Leo Kottke
Leo KottkeBusted Bicycle6- and 12-String Guitar
Leo KottkeI Still Miss SomeoneGreat Big Boy
Ernest TroostI'll Be Good To YouAll The Boats Are Gonna Rise
Shari UlrichEverywhere I GoEverywhere I Go
The Craig Carothers TrioDay At The BeachSelf-Titled CD
KGBWasabi / March of Ides / Broken Concrete / The WetlandIn From The Cold
ChildsplayThe Dear CompanionAs the Crow Flies
Dear Listeners,

Get out and listen to some live music!  Katie McNally is coming to town with Neil Pearlman and Ryan McKasson to bring us some wonderful Scottish fiddle music in Tualatin on Saturday night and at a house concert in SE Portland on the 2nd (; Bruce Cockburn with fill us with his Great Big Love on the 6th at the Aladdin; Tinariwen will be there too, soon; and a Tuvan throat-singing group will be at the Alberta Rose Theater on April 20th.  Folks, this is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg......there's a TON of music all over town every night of the week for as far into the future as the eye can see.  And all of it will lift your spirits, so get out there!

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 03/03/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Nancy K DillonNo GoodbyesRoses Guide to Time Travel
Aaron ZigSouls CollideThe Medicine's Kicking In
Harpeth RisingThe SparrowTales from Jackson Bridge
Odus Maggard with Lois FullerAt the Break of DawnSouthern Melody
Brett RatliffBluegooseCold Icy Mountain
Addie GrahamLong and a Country JakeBeen A Long Time Traveling
Joshua Rilko and Lindsay LouHere BetweenTime & Luck
Beth HamonSparksTen Miles
Bruce MolskyBimini GalIf It Ain't Here When I Get Back
Ana EggeSilver HeelsBad Blood
Hounds of FinnWild Mountain ThymeGravity Pulls
The Carper FamilyFancy PantsOld-Fashioned Gal
Frank FairfieldOut On the Open WestOut On the Open West
Lowell LevingerBlues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to MeDown to the Roots
Harry Manx and Kevin BreitGood Time Charlie's Got the BluesJubilee
First Aid KitEmmylouThe Lion's Roar
Peter MulveyRiseKitchen Radio
The Portland MegabandLe Reel des Menteries / Marie Sauce ton Pain / The Telephone TuneA Beneficial Tradition
Iris DeMentMom & Dad's WaltzMy Life
Poor AngusAriel's WaltzGathering
Leo KottkeGreat Big BoyGreat Big Boy
Steve WackerThe One ThingShadows and Grace
Dear Listeners,

Have I told you lately how much I appreciate your listening to Folk Espresso on Mondays....and to all of the wonderful folk and folk-ish music that we FolkStrippers bring you each weekday morning?  Well, I DO appreciate you....and I hope you find that this daily dose of good and generally upbeat music sets the scene for a positive day for you.  We're not denying sorrows and troubles--we're just trying to conquer them with a few G-clefs.

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 02/24/2014

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Lowell LevingerBlue DriverDown to the Roots
Lyman LouisSteam TrainSteam & Smoke
The Steel WheelsWhistle BlowsNo More Rain
Aaron ZigWalking BackwardsThe Medicine's Kicking In
Rita HoskingNothing Left of MeLittle Boat
The HobosNightmareSelf-Titled CD
Aireene EspirituPut Back CharlieGoodnight Aireene Goodnight
Ronny CoxDadgummitRonny, Rad, & Karen
Wild PoniesTrouble Looks Good On YouThings That Used to Shine
Jennifer EvansCheatin' KindThe Last Cheap Hotel
Sally BarrisFionaWilder Girl
Poor AngusHarrison'sGathering
Molasses CreekGalway GirlSomething Worth Having
Beth HamonTen MilesTen Miles
The Barn BirdsClose Enough to TouchSelf-Titled CD
The Stray BirdsJust Sayin'Self-Titled CD
The Bee EatersD Over EverythingSelf-Titled CD
Bill Evans & Megan LynchMorningsideLet's Do Something...
David WilcoxMoeLive Songs & Stories
Leo Kottke6- and 12-String Guitar
Dear Listeners,

Again this week you're hearing a lot of new music.  And it's all really good!  It blows my mind how much talent is out there....and how much of it gets recorded for the rest of us to enjoy.

Thanks for your calls this morning!  It's always good to know that folks are listening and that everyone's diggin' the tunes!

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 02/03/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Wild PoniesWant To Be GoneThings That Used To Shine
The Stray BirdsHarlemSelf-Titled CD
The Steel WheelsCorrineNo More Rain
Christine ParkerWhile I'm GoneLooking Glass
Jonathan ByrdScuppernongCackalack
Poor AngusGatheringSomething I Can't See
John Batdorf & James Lee StanleyAs Tears Go ByAll Wood and Stones
Jaime Leopold & The Short StoriesC'mon Mexico!Self-Titled CD
Melissa GreenerParisDwelling
Merlin SniderStuck in OjaiRight Here
Darryl PurposeRace the WindNext Time Around
Beth WoodMy Miles Davis Kind of BlueYou Take the Wheel
The Barn BirdsOne Night At A TimeSelf-Titled CD
Allen StoneRocky Mountain HighThe Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver
Lindsay Lou & The FlatbellysHey Little BirdieA Different Tune
The Carper FamilyComes A TimeOld-Fashioned Gal
Rita HoskingParting GlassLittle Boat
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party LineListen With Your HeartCarnival
The Wood BrothersLuckiest ManWays Not To Lose
Dear Listeners,

Welcome to Folk Espresso!  I am so pleased you're listening.  A lotta loving effort goes into these shows....and it's time spent joyfully, so even if no one were listening, I still had fun.  BUT that would be doing a grave disservice to the wonderful and talented musicians who land on this show.  So having "no one" listen is just not gonna cut it.  These artists deserve millions of listeners!  Heck, you KNOW you wanna start getting up earlier--it's so healthy.  So do your bod and your soul a favor and change your radio alarm to KBOO.  That's an order.

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 01/27/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Stan RogersDelivery DelayedBetween the Breaks...Live!
The Stray BirdsDream in BlueRecord Label Sampler CD
The Hard Road TrioYou Got Me Thinkin'Monticello
ChildsplayThe Last AlleluiaAs the Crow Flies
Buena Vista Social ClubY Tu Que Has HechoSelf-Titled CD
Ali Farka Toure with Ry CooderLasidanTalking Timbuktu
Le Vent du NordManteau d'hiverTromper le Temps
Bill BerryThe BrickDemo CD
Sugar in the GourdBall and ChainSelf-Titled CD
Colin LindenBetween the Darkness and the Light of DayStill Live
Joshua Rilko and Lindsay LouMiner's SongTime & Luck
Molasses CreekTennessee StudSomething Worth Having
Alison RiceValley LamentRed Horse Ranch
Raina RoseWoodsmokeCaldera
Aaron ZigRockin' Chair BluesThe Medicine's Kicking In
Jennifer EvansThings That Lovers DoThe Last Cheap Hotel
Susan JamesWanderingDriving Toward the Sun
Lowell LevingerNobody Knows When You're Down and OutDown to the Roots
Mike and RuthyAnother Dawn Another DayWaltz of the Chickadee
Frank FairfieldPoor Old LanceOut On the Open West
Lindsay Lou & The FlatbellysBarbarossaRelease Your Shrouds
Dear Listeners,

I brought you some old favorites and some brand spankin' new sounds this morning.  I hope you enjoyed the whole shebang!

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 01/06/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Cindy Kallet & Grey LarsenCourageCross the Water
Ben BullingtonAppalachian Mountain Delta BluesSelf-Titled CD
Iris DeMentWhen My Mornin' Comes AroundThe Way I Should
Craig GriffinMilk My CoconutIn the Morning When I Rise
TorCHDindiSounds for Staying Home
Acoustic Blues-DuoJazzmanComic Book
Terry RobbLucky LabradorWhen I Play My Blues Guitar
Steve CheseboroughArrangement for MeFetch It!
Christine ParkerBack To YouLooking Glass
Oscar Isaac & Marcus MumfordFare Thee Well (Dink's Song)Inside Llewyn Davis
Aaron ZigI Know ChangeThe Medicine's Kicking In
John McCutcheonThe Man Walking His Dog22 Days
Tim GrimmBlame It On the DogThe Turning Point
Deborah CrooksMaybeLittle Bird
Jaime Leopold & The Short StoriesTake A Trip DowntownSelf-Titled CD
The LovebirdsLove LettersNutsy Pants
Angelo M.AnytimeFrom Steel to Strings
Carrie ElkinSt. LouisCall It My Garden
Danny SchmidtKnow Thy PlaceMan of Many Moons
Beth WoodBackroadsThe Weather Inside
Dick WeissmanMcFrenzie's RantSolo

Dear Listeners,

There is nothing better than sittin' in this Big Chair and bringing you great music.  Thanks SO much for listening and for letting me know that you're diggin' the sounds comin' over your stereo during Folk Espresso.  That's why we do this....

Lots of new stuff on the always, get out there and support musicians by hearing them LIVE and buy their CDs.  Where would we be without them?

Musically yours,


Folk Espresso playlist for 12/30/2013

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Aaron ZigMy Green Grass GrowsThe Medicine's Kicking In
Lightnin' HopkinsHappy New YearWhere Will You Be On Christmas Day?
Deirdre FlintWe'll All Meet Up Next Year (A New Year's Song)Just One Angel
Miguel MartinezBrand New StartStories
Gillian WelchThe Way The Whole Thing EndsThe Harrow & The Harvest
Ben BullingtonThe Last AdiosSelf-Titled CD
Mary HarrisHappy New Year BluesWhere Will You Be On Christmas Day?
The Head and the HeartWhat Are You Doing New Year's Eve?Holidays Rule
Dave van RonkPuttin' On The RitzSweet & Lowdown
Stephanie DavisBronco Buster's BallWestern Bliss
Caravan GoghFeline Fur Coat BallSelf-Titled CD
The ElevatorsMidnight StrollShades of Bossa Nova
Lauren SheehanIn the Wee Midnight HoursRose City Ramble
Elephant RevivalTwelveSelf-Titled CD
Dylan SneedMidnight PromenadeTexodus
Tom WaitsMidnight LullabyClosing Time
Chris KokeshHell of a YearOctober Valentine
Bruce CockburnWhen It's Gone, It's GoneNothing But A Burning Light
Marty MitchellGoing, GoneSelf-Titled CD
Haris BlackwoodSong of PeaceGentle Ride
Martin SimpsonLa RivolteProdigal Son
Andrew BirdAuld Lang SyneHolidays Rule
Dear Listeners,

Here's hoping you enjoyed the new year's related music this morning.  There were themes of new starts, endings, midnight, and joyful the requisite Auld Lang Syne, done up real nice by Andrew Bird.  As always, there were some brand new CDs debuted right here, including a nice one from Seattle-favorite, Aaron Zig, and Montana's Ben Bullington.  Plus, I gave you some GREAT ideas of what to do on New Year's Eve:  take in a Bronco Buster's Ball.....or maybe the Feline Fur Coat Ball.  Whatever you do, put on the ritz!

Happy Musical New Year,

Folk Espresso playlist for 12/02/2013

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Happy and Artie TraumTrials of JonathanLive at Caffe Lena
Patty LarkinIsland of TimeLive at Caffe Lena
Michael CooneyThyme It Is A Precious ThingLive at Caffe Lena
The Jake Leg Stompers & FriendsFreight TrainWalkin' the Dog
Lauren SheehanSay Darlin' SaySome Old Lonesome Day
Roy Book BinderWhat You Gonna DoThe Good Book
Burl IvesBorn for TroubleSweet Sad and Salty
Christine ParkerWho I SeeLooking Glassq
The Stagger & SwayArpeggioBreak Til You Bend
Darryl PurposeAmyNext Time Around
Si KahnWinter Coming OnBristol Bay
Dar WilliamsI Am the One Who Will Remember EverythingIn the Time of Gods
Sam AmidonMy Old FriendBright Sunny South
Cathy Fink & Marcy MarxerHopelessly in LovePostcards
Greg BrownRailroad BillHoney in the Lion's Head
George Chudacoff with Carol HarleyThat's AlrightUnfinished Business
Justin Robinson and the Mary AnnettesButcher BirdBones for Tinder
Suzie BrownEverywhere I GoAlmost There
Bluff City BackslidersLet Me Play With Yo' Yo-YoSelf-Titled CD
Doug Smith and Judy Koch SmithEmbryonic JourneyJust for Fun
Dick WeissmanCape Cod RevisitedSolo
The Craig Carothers TrioNothin' Like a DameSelf-Titled CD
Dear Listeners,

Music has a lot of power.  The power to heal.  The power to calm.  The power to express that which mere spoken words cannot.   I hope you got something from the music you heard this morning here on Folk Espresso.

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 11/18/2013

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Nitty Gritty Dirt BandRipplin' Waterstwenty years of dirt
RedbirdBuckets of RainRedbid
Black Mtn Bluegrass BoysI Believed in you Darlin
GTM String BandBye Bye Blues
Keith GreeningerAll Who HaveGlorious Peasant
Front RangeSo Many PathwaysBack to Red River
Del McCouryBlack Vincent
Eagle McCallBetter in LiveSpirit of '76
Kim BradyDancin' Shoes
Tom PettyWild Flowers
Down at the Crossroads
Sam HillOh True Love
Salamander CrossingIndigo RoseBottleneck Dreams
Summer MencherQuench This LonlinessBreak the Mold
Joni MitchellFor Free
Chuck MasiShadow in the Wind
Louvin BrothersIf I Could Only Win Your Love
Chris & ThomasSea of Land
Jason RutledgeJack of DiamondsThe Early Windows
Broken TopPaint the Town Blue
Misty RiverLife is Good
Mary FlowerGood News Waltz
Tim O'Brian & Darrell ScottWalk Beside Me
Guest Hosts Bob & Linda


Regards from Puerto Rico I got my Outlook reminder for 9:30am local time and thanks to Diane, I'll be a first time listener today. Look forward to today's program.

Great week to all!

Kind Regards,
Claudio Rivera
Juncos, PR


let's hear some Fruition! 

re: new music

Hey there - I love this show, can't really get by without it!

I want to just share some music I really think could be included here, if you haven't heard:

Eddi Reader - formerly with Fairground Attraction, legendary Scottish singer whose Songs of Robert Burns changed the way people heard these songs and established her as living treasure in Scotland. Her new album Love is the Way is gaining raves in the UK. - you can hear some samples.

Kate Rusby - probably Britain's most important young folk singer - Awkward Annie is her most recent album and astonishing since she writes most of the material herself. Chris Thile and Eddi Reader are both featured artists on the album.

It would be wonderful to see them here in the US, but just getting them on the radio would be a start!

Thanks and keep up the awesome music!

Doug Smith

Hi Diane,

I'm listening to your show and was pleasantly surprised to hear our pal, Doug, doing "Anything Goes". I'll have to tell him he got some airtime when I see him next. Your voice sounds great on the air and your playlist rocks! Keep up the very good work, my friend! Tell the management they need to give you a raise.


Diane Hunt

This is Randy from Colorado, and I *loved* the show! Quirky mix of music is just right to start my day out right. Diane, when are you going to teach me how to contra dance?

Thank You

Dear Randy,

Yikes! Only today did I see your kind email from September 22 that you left on the KBOO website. I wasn't expecting any "fan mail" here at so I didn't thing to check...until a friend told me about the hundreds, nay, thousands of emails piling up at this website all about my show. Oddly enough, only one (yours) was positive. All the others said something to the effect of "what the *&^!%&# is SHE doing on this venerable radio station!"

That's ok.

I can take it.

So, Mr. Randy, you liked my quirky music? Hope you heard my show yesterday morning (October 27). It, too, was filled with a wide variety of, uh, good stuff. I'm on again on Monday, November 24th. I do hope you'll tune in. I'll play a randy tune, just for you.

I'm pretty big into contradancing, so I have made it my mission to play at least one contra tune each show. Next time you swing through P-Town, I'll give you a lesson. You won't ever be the same again...

Um, is this my friend who goes by the name of Randy in Colorado? You know, the Randy with the beautiful wife and the two red-headed kids? If so, thanks, my friend. If not, you, stranger Randy, have just finaigled yourself into the most elite fan club on Earth...

Warm regards,
Diane Hunt, DJ
Folk Espresso - KBOO
Portland, Oregon

8/18/08 Folk Esspreso show new DJ

I listen to your station ocasionally and enjoy it. I particularily enjoyed this mornings Folk Espresso show and the new DJ Diane Hunt. She is interesting and articulate and did great on her debut!!

give her KUDO's and tell her Contra Dancing Music is fine, fine stuff.



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