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U. Utah Phillips: NPR Talkin' Blues

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U. Utah Phillips is a legend in folk music and activist circles of all stripes.

He's been an anarchist long before the term was "fashionable," and he represents the best of American hobo culture. Utah's wit and storytelling talent allow him to be thoughtfully radical that can touch people in ways that a more "direct" approach would turn them off (although he himself is a big believer in direct action).

"NPR Talkin' Blues" was first recorded in 2000 at KVMR, the community radio station in Nevada City, California that Utah likes to call home, and released on Sing We Sing, an album released to support Ralph Nader's campaign for president. The version provided here was recorded during Utah's October 2003 appearance on A Prairie Home Companion - one of NPR's most popular programs, and was dedicated not only to KVMR but "all of you brave what we call now 'microbroadcasters' who are workin' hard to take back the people's airwaves."

Oh, the irony!