The Acoustic Outpost

The Acoustic Outpost The Acoustic Outpost is the latest in a long line of media, mostly traditional radio stations, on which Dan Murphy has played folk and acoustic music.

www.acousticoutpost.com Internet Radio. Our core is acoustic and urban folk music from the 60s to the present, plus rare tracks straight from vinyl. Hosted by Dan Murphy, formerly of WCAS, Cambridge, WATD, and New Hampshire Public Radio.

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Gone Fishing

It’s been a great 50+ years of being a working entertainer, but I reached the difficult decision that touring and stage shows are no longer possible. I've cancelled the upcoming shows, and am not accepting offers for new ones. That’s the short version. For the longer version continue reading…

As a folksinger, I never really thought much about getting older. It seemed to me that I could just continue year after year, decade after decade, singing and playing as I had done for most of my life. As the years went by, it got more difficult to keep touring, but I did it, mostly because I’d been doing it my entire life. It was the life I knew and loved.

In 2016 on April 1st, April Fools Day, I got really dizzy in the parking lot of the hotel, and started seeing as though I were looking through a kaleidoscope. That evening the show went on as though nothing had happened. I had no idea I’d just encountered a mini stroke until weeks later, when I was told about it. It didn’t appear to affect my performance, or my state of being. I continued touring for the next 4 years.

Then, on Thanksgiving Day 2019 (of all freaking days) it happened again. This time I was on my way to The Church / The Guthrie Center to help out with our annual Thanksgiving Dinner that we hold every year. I had pulled over to fuel up and realized I couldn’t continue to drive safely, as everything was spinning around, sort of like the old days, but without the help of illegal substances. I was taken to the hospital, and was under evaluation, when I broke out. I had an important gig at Carnegie Hall in New York - The end of an annual series I’d been doing for decades and it was Sold Out. I had to be there. It was imperative.

The next morning I left the hospital, took the family and headed for New York. And what a show it was! We wrapped up 50 years with a terrific evening with the entire family on stage. I really enjoyed it.

The following day I flew to my home in Sebastian, FL just as I had done for years, this time with the history of Carnegie Hall behind me. My girlfriend, Marti picked me up at the airport, and we settled into the routine of being on the river I loved. Two nights after arriving home, I awoke in the morning and was lurching from sIde to side. I knew something was wrong, and went to keep a doctors appointment we’d previously set up. The doc said “You need to go to the hospital - Now.”

So, Marti took me to the hospital nearby in Vero Beach. They kept me there for 3 days, running tests of all kinds, and essentially informed me that I’d suffered a stroke. This time was more serious, as I’d lost some ability to walk, and I wondered if if would be able to play music. I spent about a week in a rehab center to re-learn the basics, like walking. I went home after that, and began a regimen of playing guitar, walking… All the things I would need to continue touring and performing. During the entire time, Marti kept the family and close friends advised as to my progress, and took really great care of me. I needed all the help I could get. And she was there to see it done right.

By the the time our first shows began in 2020, I was at about at 80% and felt like I was improving. Then the pandemic hit. All the shows we had planned for 2020 were at first, postponed, then rescheduled and finally cancelled. My hopes for a gradual recovery onstage came to an abrupt end.

Meanwhile, I’d decided back in 2018 to move from the home in Florida. And just as I’d returned from our last gig in Tennessee, a buyer appeared, and we had a deal on the table to sell The CrabHouse. I wasn’t in any shape to go through the intricacies of selling a guitar pick, let alone a home with 30 years of stuff we’d collected. Marti ended up doing it all. She finalized the deal, and dealt with the stuff that either had to be sold, moved or thrown out. It was quite a lot. But, through garage sales, online markets, movers and friends, she’d pretty much emptied the CrabHouse of everything, and we moved into her place about a mile away.

We were there for a few weeks, before it was safe enough to return to The Farm in Massachusetts. That was in June 2020. Since then we’ve been holed up at The Farm trying to keep out of harms way, and also trying to provide some online entertainment for our friends who were, and continue to be, holed up wherever they are. My band and crew arranged a few short gigs that were filmed at The Church, but when I saw the play-back in the editing room I realized that it was not up to the standards I expected of myself, let alone the expectations that our friends and fans had come to enjoy.

A folksinger’s shelf life may be a lot longer than a dancer or an athlete, but at some point, unless you’re incredibly fortunate or just plain whacko (either one or both) it’s time to hang up the “Gone Fishing” sign. Going from town to town and doing stage shows, remaining on the road is no longer an option.

I don’t remember answering the question on the other side of that piece of paper when I was asked “Kid! Have you rehabilitated yourself?” But, the short answer is now clearly, “No!” In fact, I hope to be a thorn in the side of a new administration pretty soon. Tom Paine once wrote “To argue with a man who has renounced the use … of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead….” In other words, you cannot and should not argue with people who don’t care, or hold the caring of others in contempt. A healthy suspicion of authority, left, right or center has been the hallmark of my career since the beginning, and I will continue to poke fun at cultural, political, or personal absurdities as I see it. I’m actually looking forward to it.

I’m happy, healthy and good to go, even if I’m not going anywhere. I’ve taken back 6-9 months that I used to spend on the road, and enjoying myself with Marti, my family and friends. In short - Gone Fishing.

Another of the greats has done the final load-out.  A salute to Jerry Jeff.
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Jerry Jeff Walker, Who Wrote 'Mr. Bojangles,' Dies At 78

Another of the greats has done the final load-out. A salute to Jerry Jeff.

Walker was a pioneer in Austin's country music scene in the 1970s. His most famous song, "Mr. Bojangles," went on to inspire countless covers.

Livingston Taylor
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Livingston Taylor

'A Livingston Taylor performance is intimate and informal; sensitive and wistful; relaxed and unpretentious. Even in the most dreary of climates, Livingston Taylor can produce a Carolina Day.' - The Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, New York), February 8, 1975.

Photo: Courtesy of The Acoustic Outpost - Boston, July 1977

"Make me an angel that flies from MontgomeryMake me a poster of an old rodeoJust give me one thing that I can hold on to...
04/08/2020
John Prine, One of America's Greatest Songwriters, Dead at 73

"Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go"
Hail and farewell to John Prine.

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12/17/2019
THE LAST MIX (2019 © Linda Sussman)

Thanks to Linda Sussman, one of our regular artists, for this video. This and many other seasonal songs are now playing on The Acoustic Outpost.

I hope you enjoy this holiday video that I created with my song "The Last Mix" and a mixture of personal and fair-use online photos. (The track is from my co...

We have a new app -- a big improvement over the old one.  Better performance, lower battery use, and no ad before the mu...
07/28/2019

We have a new app -- a big improvement over the old one. Better performance, lower battery use, and no ad before the music starts. Plus, the one app play all of the 11 Outpost Radio stations. Search "Outpost Radio" in the app store for your device, or click the store link on http://outpostradio.com/

Lots of new music being added every week.  This week, we added the latest from long-time favorite Ellis Paul, as well as...
05/23/2019

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All day Sunday and Monday we celebrates MLK Day, black history, and civil rights. These themes have been a core part of ...
01/20/2019

All day Sunday and Monday we celebrates MLK Day, black history, and civil rights. These themes have been a core part of our music through all the decades, and the music has been a part of the movement. Join us for the music and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Thanksgiving Day and also the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Outpost Radi...
11/22/2018

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Today we celebrates MLK Day, black history, and civil rights. These themes have been a core part of our music through al...
01/15/2018

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See? It really did happen.  Arlo himself tells the whole story today on the Acoustic Outpost - the original Alice's Rest...
11/23/2017

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09/02/2017

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On the air now! A rebroadcast of The Folk Show from this date in 1995.  Coming up in a few minutes, in-studio visit with...
07/31/2017

On the air now! A rebroadcast of The Folk Show from this date in 1995. Coming up in a few minutes, in-studio visit with Steve Schuch, NH singer-songwriter and multi-talented instrumentalist.

On the air now!  Rebroadcast of an archive program from 1994, back when we did it live and with turntables. Let us know ...
06/05/2017

On the air now! Rebroadcast of an archive program from 1994, back when we did it live and with turntables. Let us know how you like it.

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Now in the rotation - a couple of the best current blues men reprise the great songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.

All day Sunday and Monday we celebrates MLK Day, black history, and civil rights. These themes have been a core part of ...
01/16/2017

All day Sunday and Monday we celebrates MLK Day, black history, and civil rights. These themes have been a core part of our music through all the decades, and the music has been a part of the movement. Join us for the music and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Albums added this week:
C. Daniel Boling - These Houses
Lorrie Newman Keating - Lightened By Love
Spook Handy - Keep The Flame Alive
The Boxcar Lilies - Knockout Rose
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06/23/2016

New to The Acoustic Outpost? Click the "watch video" button above to listen now. (FB doesn't have a "play" button for some reason.)

05/18/2016

First Live365, now Radionomy is having problems. But we're still here! Haven't missed a day. If the main play buttons don't work for you, try the 'alternate' buttons and TuneIn.

The Acoustic Outpost is back in the iTunes Internet radio directory, now in the "International/World" genre.  We are als...
02/29/2016
The Acoustic Outpost

The Acoustic Outpost is back in the iTunes Internet radio directory, now in the "International/World" genre. We are also in the shoutcast.com directory, tunein.com, and others. If you haven't tuned in since Live365 shut down, come on back now.

It's Martin Luther King Day, and I invite you to share the spirit of the day with music. Every year on this day, The Aco...
01/18/2016

It's Martin Luther King Day, and I invite you to share the spirit of the day with music. Every year on this day, The Acoustic Outpost features a special mix of songs celebrating MLK, the Civil Rights Movement, and black history, along with the words of MLK. Tune in at www.acousticoutpost.com

Things are always changing in the internet world, and so it is with our long-time streaming provider, Live365. They are ...
01/08/2016
The Acoustic Outpost

Things are always changing in the internet world, and so it is with our long-time streaming provider, Live365. They are shutting down most stations, including The Acoustic Outpost, and may soon go out of business. Not to worry! We'll still be here. We are already operating on a new streaming provider, so you can keep listening without a hitch. Just use the play buttons on our web site and keep listening. Directories like TuneIn and Radionomy are up-to-date. Some, like iTunes, move slowly, so using an alternate method to listen may be needed for a while.

Our broadcasts are fully licensed through ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and Sound Exchange as required by US Copyright law. We pay performance and songwriter royalties on each song played.

07/18/2015
"Memories" - Robin Lane

This is a great song from the mid 70s, never released commercially, but played on WCAS from a Live At Passim broadcast. Just recovered from the archives and now in the mix on the Acoustic Outpost.

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05/06/2015

Our feature album all this week: "Tell Tale Heart", new from Chuck Brodsky. Some of the best songwriting to come down the pike in quite a while, plus great instrumental work from the band.

Live365 featured The Acoustic Outpost in their monthly newsletter, and included an interview with me.  It was a good opp...
05/02/2014
Broadcaster Spotlight with Dan Murphy of The Acoustic Outpost | Live365 Broadcast Blog

Live365 featured The Acoustic Outpost in their monthly newsletter, and included an interview with me. It was a good opportunity to talk about the background that led to the station and some of what we do. I hope you'll check it out.

Broadcaster Spotlight with Dan Murphy of The Acoustic OutpostThe Acoustic Outpost, programmed by terrestrial and internet radio veteran Dan Murphy, features a perfect blend of acoustic and urban folk tunes that spans from modern music back to the songs of the 60s.From keeping the flavor of the folk…

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This week we present a live concert by Cosy Sheridan recorded March 29 at www.hollisfolk.org. Set 1 will be on Sunday, 4/13, and set 2 will be Wednesday, 4/16. Showtime is 2 pm EDT with a replay at 8 pm PDT both days.

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02/26/2014

Tune in the New Music Showcase, Wednesday and Sunday at 2 pm eastern time. For an hour, we feature tracks from the most recent releases and chat with the performers. Tomorrow, Laura Zucker joins us as we feature tracks from "Life Wide Open." The show repeats at 8 pm Pacific time Wednesday and Sunday.

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01/28/2014

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No easy walk to freedom:  All day Sunday and Monday, we celebrates MLK Day, black history, and civil rights. These theme...
01/19/2014

No easy walk to freedom: All day Sunday and Monday, we celebrates MLK Day, black history, and civil rights. These themes have been a core part of our music through all the decades, and the music has been a part of the movement. Join us for the music and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/09/2014

Join me for the New Music Showcase starting in 20 minutes. The program repeats at 9 pm PST (midnight EST) also.

We have received a wealth of great new releases in the past few months.  See our web page for a list of artists with new...
01/06/2014
The Acoustic Outpost

We have received a wealth of great new releases in the past few months. See our web page for a list of artists with new albums in rotation. Plus, we are doing a special 1-hour "New Music Showcase" program twice each week, Sunday at 2 pm and Wednesday at 9 pm.

Sunday and Wednesday: Chuck Brodsky in a house concert from last April.  Chuck is a many-faceted performer, especially g...
12/02/2013

Sunday and Wednesday: Chuck Brodsky in a house concert from last April. Chuck is a many-faceted performer, especially good in an intimate setting. 2 pm Sunday and 9 pm Wednesday.

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11/02/2013

Sunday and Wednesday: Two sets from the Passim Coffeeshop in 1981. Lui Collins, a singer-songwriter who has released several albums in the years since. She will be followed by Pete Kairo, an excellent guitarist as well as vocalist. Airtimes are 2 pm Sunday and 9 pm Wednesday, eastern time.

Right now on Acoustic Outpost Live: David Mallett and a great set from Passim in 1981.  Repeats Wednesday at 9 pm.  Don'...
09/29/2013

Right now on Acoustic Outpost Live: David Mallett and a great set from Passim in 1981. Repeats Wednesday at 9 pm. Don't miss it.

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07/20/2013

This week on Acoustic Outpost Live: The Passim All-Stars - Bill Staines, Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser, and Jeanne Stahl and Mason Daring. Recorded January, 1979. Sunday at 2pm, Wednesday at 9pm EDT.

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Dear Dan, on behalf of everybody in the band, thanks for playing our music!
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