It’s time once again for our annual Phil Ochs Song Night broadcast live from The Linda on WAMC. Hosted by Phils sister Sonny Ochs and our own Wanda Fischer host of WAMC The Hudson River Sampler. We have a phenomenal lineup featuring :Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, Tom Prasada-Rao and Reggie Harris. Join us for what has become known as an exceptional night of great music celebrating this distinctive voice in American songwriting.
He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” Another reviewer perhaps described it best, “A profoundly rich poet and musician. Folk Music is too narrow a description.”
A highly-rhythmic approach to the acoustic guitar is combined with soulful vocals and well-crafted lyrics by Baltimore-based singer-songwriter Tom Prasada-Rao. A popular performer in the Washington, D.C. area since the early-1990s, Prasada-Rao has been increasingly building a much wider following. The winner of a WAMMIE (Washington area music association) award as “Best Male vocalist- folk traditional of 1994”, Prasado-Rao was called, by Billboard magazine, “the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre”.
A songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie Harris writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world wise point of view with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience and cover topics from his own personal journey to world issues and history.
An adept improviser and accompanist, he is sought after as a collaborator, sideman and session musician, with dozens of recording credits to date. His monthly e-mail column, “A Few Choice Words,” is read by thousands of subscribers. He is a music educator of note, teaching workshops on improvisation, writing, interpreting, and rearranging songs, on slide guitar and other guitar techniques, and various topics of music history.