Rocket Shop 4/11/2012: Rik Palieri

Words by Andy Bruhns. Photo by Kendra Merrill.

Rik was no stranger to our studio as he hosted a show called 'The Lonesome Traveler' on the Radiator about six years ago. Rik brought some music to play, but what he really brought to the show was some great storytelling. Over Rik’s 40-year musical career he’s played with the likes of Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and many more. He’s played in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe, and he talked about his recent trip to Israel.

Rik’s stories were endless, and he kept everyone captivated with descriptions of playing “Blinded by the Light” with Bruce Springsteen, performing at the Jacob's Ladder festival on the Sea of Galilee, and having his VCAM show ‘The Songwriters Notebook’ archived by the Library of Congress.

Rik also talked about the importance of the traveling musician, and how artists need to take risks and try new things in order to get their music heard. He stressed how music can help bring people together by providing an avenue to share one's experiences with new communities and audiences. Rik leads by example, and as long as he keep playing, the world of folk music will be a better place.

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