Larry Long & Friends invite you to the first ever “Water Is Life: Stop Line 3” music, art and cultural festival on the shores of the mighty Gichi-Gami (Lake Superior). Featuring an unprecedented coalition of musicians, artists, poets and Indigenous leaders, this one-day festival is a celebration of water as the fundamental life-giving resource of Mother Earth and a full-throttle resistance in music and song against the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline currently snaking its way through the waterways and Anishinaabe lands of northern Minnesota. *
Line-up of featured artists who’ve donated their include: Bon Iver, Mumu Fresh, Hippo Campus, Lissie, Quiltman, Larry Long, David Huckfelt, Keith Secola, Annie Humphrey, Charlie Parr, Corey Medina. Alan Sparhawk, Superior Siren, Adia Victoria, and more.
A sacred water ceremony will be led by Dorene Day Waubanewquay, a 3rd Degree Midewiwin, and Lead Woman singer for Center Fire in the Three Fires (Heartway) Lodge.
Local, organic food vendors, regionally-sourced food and beverages, and a variety of organizations centered around the mission of sustainability, Indigenous rights, and clean water will all be onsite.
All proceeds will benefit the Indigenous women-led Honor the Earth non-profit in its fight against Enbridge’s Line 3 construction in Native treaty Lands during a time of climate crisis and severe drought up north.
VIRTUALLY FREE JUNE 19th from 11AM – 11PM (ET)
Clearwater Festival (aka “The Great Hudson River Revival” or “Revival”) features powerful statements by life-long activists and organizations. The event will feature many musical performers, storytellers, and activists, including: Guy Davis, Larry Long, John McCutcheon, Tom Chapin, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Scott Ainslie, Donna & Rick Nestler, Matt Cartsonis, Betty and the Baby Boomers, Hubby Jenkins, Thomasina Winslow, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Emma’s Revolution, Holly Near, Tom Paxton, R.J. Storm and the Old School Bluegrass Band, Mel & Vinnie, Reggie Harris, Diana Jones, The Trouble Sisters, Magpie, Rik Palieri and more. Consistent with Clearwater’s longstanding commitment to accessibility, the Revival programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters.
Inspired by Pete Seeger‘s desire to clean up the river over forty years ago, The Great Hudson River Revival initially helped raise the funds to build the sloop Clearwater, which has since become a world-renowned floating classroom and a symbol of effective grassroots action. Today, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a non-profit organization that sails at the forefront of the nation’s environmental challenges. The revenue raised by the Revival goes to support Clearwater’s numerous educational programs and its work toward environmental and social justice—as well as keeping the sloop Clearwater afloat.
Please consider making a donation – your gift supports Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and makes possible future music festivals, sails, and Clearwater’s ability to bring together thousands in the name of clean water.
No More Pipeline Blues (On This Land Where We Belong) featured in RollingStone.com on April 20.
Mother Earth just received a lot of love from Indigenous mothers, grandmothers and others who teamed up in song, spoken word and video to push back against a new toxic, highly polluting tar sands oil pipeline. “Line 3” cuts through the heart of Native land and crosses more than 200 water bodies – including the Mississippi River twice – a drinking water source for millions of people downstream from the river’s headwaters, which begins in northern Minnesota.
Rock the Cause Records* in partnership with Honor the Earth and Larry Long have just released the audio single, “No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong)” featuring Waubanewquay, Winona LaDuke, Day Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, Jennifer Kreisberg, Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt and poet Joy Harjo.
Produced and composed by folksinger and activist Larry Long, the song will soon be available on multiple platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube and more! You can hear and download the song now by going to larrylong.bandcamp.com.
Revealing the powerful efforts of water protectors to #StopLine3, the supporting music video is an action-packed mini-documentary, shining a spotlight on the Indigenous women-led resistance to the tar sands pipeline. Produced by Honor the Earth and Pickett Pictures, it is directed by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Keri Pickett and posted to the Honor the Earth YouTube channel will also be released underscoring the battle on the land and water and in the courts to #StopLine3.
Despite active, ongoing lawsuits in the Minnesota Appeals Court and in a Federal district court in Washington DC, the highly polluting pipeline is already half built. Line 3 is owned by the Canadian multi-national, Enbridge, Inc., and dissects the heart of Anishinaabe territories and the most pristine and complex watersheds and ecosystems in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, including Lake Superior.
“’No More Pipeline Blues’ beautifully illustrates in music, singing, spoken word and images the threats of a totally unnecessary tar sands pipeline at the end of the age of Big Oil. But it also illuminates the sacredness of our environment, and yet more destructive, historical impacts to Indigenous culture. Still, the song and the music video are also like prayer offered in ceremony, asking for strength, justice and preservation.” – Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and embrace justice for those being crushed.” Proverbs 31:8
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King
Larry Long: Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica | Van Nixon: Response & Choral Vocals | George Parrish: Electric Guitar | Daryl Boudreaux: Percussion | Yohannes Tona: Bass
Brett Huus: Recording, Mixing & Master Engineer | George Parrish: Recording & Studio Engineer | Nathaniel Nelson: Music Video
Words by Larry Long | Music by Larry Long & Van Nixon
Conspiracy of Goodness Radio Show (Episode 35) Honoring the Contemplative- MONDAY, May 3, 2021 @ 8:30 AM (CT)
“Larry Long on Social Issues” to be broadcast March 8th – 14th, 2021 on the Mary Hanson Show MCN6.
Monday, March 8 – 9 PM | Tuesday, March 9 – 9 PM |Wednesday, March 10 – 9 PM | Friday, March 12 – 9 PM | Sunday, March 14 – 4:30 PM
“LARRY LONG, the well-known singer, songwriter and educator as well as a Smithsonian Folkways Artist, is back on my show, The Mary Hanson Show, this week, talking about social issues and sharing some of his great music. As we think hard about social issues now, I thought this would be a very apropos interview. Here are the broadcast times: 9 pm on MCN6 on Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri plus 4:30 pm next Sunday, the 14th. I hope you can catch one of these!” – Mary Hanson
Featuring Anishinabe and Oneida Hip-Hop Artist, Tall Paul; ‘Pavarotti’ of Gospel, Robert Robinson; Midewiwin Native Life Ways Singer & Keeper of the Song, Dorene Day Waubanewquay, and Community Builder & Troubadour, Larry Long.
This concert film celebrates the Revue’s eighth iteration, with artists doing traditional and original songs in combination never seen or heard before onstage, plus honoring the work of Woody Guthrie, John Trudell, Louis Alemayehu and Pete Seeger.
The Revue’s revamped lineup of world-class artists is equaled only by the strong supporting musicians such as: Cory Wong (Guitar), Joe Savage (Pedal Steel), Yohannes Tona (Bass), Jamie Hodges (Drumsticks, Buckets), Stephen Matier (Lambeg Drum), Jack Gunderson (Vocals).
The Longfellow Business Association is working to get resources to our community in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer.
I have lived in the Longfellow neighborhood for thirty years. This is where we raised our children. Our son, Jacob, and others worked tirelessly, day and night, to deliver medical assistance to those in need from a church basement three blocks from the 3rdPrecinct.
Streets now burning beneath the sun
Good God we pray justice be done
We can rebuild imagine that
But we cannot bring George Floyd’s life back
The time has now come to rebuild. Approximately fifty businesses and non-profits were adversely impacted. Many individual businesses have received donations, but initial estimates place total damage at well over $600 million.
George Floyd please say his name
George Floyd don’t let him die in vain
Your help is critical to rebuilding Longfellow’s business and non-profit vitality. The LongfellowBusiness Association is committed to ensuring that those impacted and displaced can remain in Longfellow. They stand in support of local businesses and non-profits, including our many black, indigenous and immigrant-owned businesses. Longfellow Business Association will work to advocate for future redevelopment is equitable and just.
“We love it here!”
Larry Long & Tom Thibodeau will be hosting a morning radio show called “Conspiracy of Goodness” on WDRT 91.9 fm Driftless Community Radio and streamed worldwide beginning Labor Day, September 7, 2020 at 8:30 AM.
Since 1983, Larry Long and Tom Thibodeau have joined together as friends to form a Conspiracy of Goodness. The word conspiracy comes from two latin words com-spirare which means to be in harmony or literally to Breathe together. Goodness is one of the Transcendental Virtues which extends us beyond ourselves for the health and well being others.
Through their friendship and work for the greater good Larry and Tom are committed to expanding the conspiracy of goodness by inviting you to be refreshed and inspired by songs and stories of virtue which bring people together from differnt backgrounds for a Greater Good. We hope to strengthen connections, expand communities, and create possibilities in working for the Greater good everyday.
Songs connect us; when our voices unite we create common ground understanding that dissonance is one step on the way to harmony. Stories reminds us of our shared humanity. Both are needed; all are a gift.
‘Conspiracy of Goodness’ will also be viewed and heard on YouTube, Facebook and Podcast.
Produced & recorded by Grammy Award winning sound engineer Brett Huus of Momentous Records.
Featuring Larry Long, JD Steele, Tonia Hughes, Billy Steele, Daryl Boudreaux, George Parrish, Yohannes Tona
A good excuse to cook up some popcorn with the one you love. Relax and enjoy the blest gift of music together.
This concert in Lanesboro was the final performance of American Roots Revue’s 2019 FIVE-CITY LEGACY TOUR. Other concerts were held in the Lower Sioux Indian Community; Live at the Levee in Winona; Milan Community Festival of Story & Song; Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Community. Available for 48 hours after its premiere, so don’t miss your chance!
Filmed by Nathaniel Nelson of Treedome Productions
Larry Long & Friends will be sharing the evening with New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger in celebration of his newest novel, This Tender Land.
Where: St John’s Lutheran Church
20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville, Minnesota
When: Saturday, April 25, 7–9:30 p.m.
For more information: OneBook
This OneBook, OneLakeville event is sponsored by the Friends of the Lakeville Heritage Library. The event is free and no tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.
Larry Long will be joined in concert by fellow friends and musicians Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott (Violin, Mandolin,Vocals), Joe Savage (Pedal Steel), George Parrish (Guitar), Sid Gasner (Bass) & Daryl Boudreaux (Percussion). Their performance will be followed by a discussion from William Kent Krueger about This Tender Land with myTalk 107.1 radio host Miss Shannan Paul.
Larry Long & Friends will be celebrating the timeless musical traditions that defined the era of This Tender Land. This Tender Land tells the story of four orphans’ journey into the unknown — crossing paths with struggling farmers, traveling faith healers, displaced families and lost souls of all kinds.
About William Kent Krueger:
Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University — before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for more than 40 years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.
About OneBook, OneLakeville:
Now in its 12th year, OneBook, OneLakeville promotes family reading, literacy and community interaction by encouraging everyone in Lakeville to read the same book.
Announcing the release of Larry Long’s new single “Firefighter (Duty,Honor,Courage)” with American Roots Revue.
Larry Long & American Roots Revue have partnered with Minnesota Firefighter Initiative (MnFIRE) to release a new song that highlights the need to do more to protect the health of Minnesota’s firefighters. The song “Firefighter (Duty, Honor, Courage),” was written by Long with MnFIRE as an anthem for the state’s firefighters as the 2020 legislative session begins and the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program (SF2264 and HF1782) is up for consideration once again.
Receive download of Firefighter (Duty, Honor, Courage) at no cost by clicking here (When you go to this link please enter $0.00 after clicking on ‘Buy Digital track – name your price’)
“It’s been a tough week in the Minnesota fire service. Millerville Firefighters, off duty, both perish in a silo accident and along with one of the firefighter’s 12 year old son. The fire department who responded saw their friend and co-worker deceased. Drake Hotel fire in Minneapolis on Christmas Day. Firefighters faced down a raging fire with hundreds of potential victims. Half of whom were children.
This fire got lots of well earned media coverage for the lives saved and the heroics of the firefighters. What doesn’t always get covered is how often firefighters statewide “answer the bell” in service to others. Saving lives and property at fires, crashes, water and ice rescues and countless serious medical emergencies. This is why the MnFIRE mission is so vital. Getting help to those who respond and helping those who are in the darkness of emotional trauma, job related cancers and cardiac issues to find the light and the hope and a path out.” – George Esbensen, MnFire President
“I was inspired to write “Firefighter” after I accompanied Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen and firefighters on a call to a business fire. While on that fire run I was so deeply struck by the brave and hardworking people that save our lives daily. When I discovered the high rate of heart disease, cancer and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among firefighters, I felt the calling to write ‘Firefighter’. For there’s no better time than now to urge policymakers to give all that it might take for us to support the physical and emotional well-being of those who serve us.” – Larry Long
Firefighter (Duty, Honor, Courage) will premier this Sunday, December 29th, on WCCO Radio (830 AM) during Larry Long & George Esbensen’s interview with Jearlyn Steele on Steele Talkin’ beginning at 8:34 PM. Please tune in.
Firefighter (Duty, Honor, Courage) features: Larry Long–Lead Vocal, Guitar; J.D. Steele, Robert Robinson, Tonia Hughes–Support Vocals; Billy Steele-Piano; George Parrish–Electric Guitar; Joe Savage–Pedal Steel: Yonathan Bekure–Bass; Daryl Boudreaux–Percussion; Brian Kendrick–Drums.
Studio & Mixing Engineers: Steve Wiese & Miles Hanson
Recorded at Creation Audio Studio A; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Source of life, gift of love
To the sea she must run
To return from above
Along the Blue Highway
Traveling with Larry this weekend along the Mississippi River valley back roads for his final two shows of 2019 will be guitarist George Parrish, whose performed nationally with Seals & Crofts, Cherrell, Alexander O’Neal and American Roots Revue.
Larry’s first concert is a double-bill with one of his favorite songwriters Raldo Schnieder and his band at one of Larry’s favorite small town driftless venues.
Larry Long & Raldo Schnieder
Leo & Leonas Tavern & Dance Hall
Friday, December 6th, 7:30 PM
W1436 WI-33, Bangor, WI 54614
Larry’s final performance of the year will be held this coming Saturday in the intimate acoustic setting of Treedome Studio, where Long will pay tribute in story and song to the revival of the Mississippi River through the inspiration of Pete Seeger on this his centennial year.
Larry Long w/ George Parrish
Saturday, December 7th, 8:00 PM
164 EAST THIRD ST, Winona, MN 55987
“You could think of the American Roots Revue as Larry Long’s version of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. Well-known rockers, soul singers, folkies and other first-class musicians rotate through the line-up at different gigs, giving audiences the rare chance to see different artists collaborating on each other’s songs” – Martin Keller, Author of Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota’s Pop Life
Back by popular demand after debuting five years ago on the same stage, American Roots Revue’s original featured cast of artists has returned. That cast includes the ‘Pavarotti of Gospel’ Robert Robinson; R&B powerhouse J.D. Steele; ‘Anishinaabe-Ojibwe Keeper & Singer of the Song’ Waubanewquay Dorene Day; soul singer Tonia Hughes and the unstoppably gifted singer-songwriter Larry Long.
Before each show Long will debut the quirky and surreal new video for his song “All Across America,” directed by St Louis Park filmmaker Buddy Cohen.
American Roots Revue band of stellar musicians includes: Billy Steele (Keyboards), Daryl Boudreaux (Percussion), Brian Kendrick (Drums), Yonathan Bekure (Bass), George Parrish (Guitar), and Joe Savage (Pedal Steel).
The American Roots Revue is a must-see event.
“…abundant talent” – Star Tribune
Larry Long was interviewed by Phil Nusbaum for Twin Cities Weekend on KBEM (88.5FM, Minneapolis) about his upcoming American Roots Revue concert at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, November 23rd, Saturday at 7 and 9:30 PM. For Tickets: Dakota Jazz Club
These two concerts will bring back the original American Roots Revue featured cast including Robert Robinson, Tonia Hughes, J.d. Steele, Waubanewquay Dorene Day, and Larry Long. Support band includes Billy Steele (Keyboards), Brian Kendrick (Drums), Yonathan Bekure (Bass), Daryl Boudreaux (Percussion), Joe Savage (Pedal Steel) and George Parrish (Guitar).
This 8:00 Minute interview includes rare American Roots Revue live cuts from their live shows over the last five years. It will be aired November 18th, Monday 8:20PM; November 21st, Thursday 11:20AM and 6:20PM.