Anne Hills & Matt Watroba
Your folk music summer in Michigan isn't complete without hearing Matt Watroba! Matt is the host of the NPR/XM satellite show "Sing Out! Radio Magazine," and he's the kind of guy who makes friends easily. Not only is he on a first-name basis with most of the major folk musicians in North America after a few decades of sharing stages with them, but he also has the kind of rapport with audiences that makes them feel as if they're sitting among friends in a living room. Matt's latest, "Shine Right Through the Dark," is a set of original songs that reflects his roots in the Detroit area.
Anne Hills has been called "the heir apparent to Judy Collins" by the Austin Chronicle, and Anne has been a folk-music institution for more than three decades now with her soaring, crystal-clear soprano and her innovative original songs. She came of age as part of Chicago's folk scene, and she has never stopped experimenting and searching: among her many collaborations are those with jazz musicians and with theatrical presenters. Anne's latest album, "The Things I Notice Now," is a tribute to Tom Paxton.