An Extraordinary Evening of Artists Sharing the Stage and Each Other’s Songs!

There’s never been an American Roots Revue show like this one! Internationally renowned singer and songwriter Haley (Bonar), national-international touring artist with Ben Rector and Vulfpeck, Cory Wong, and Vulfpeck singer, gospel and R&B artist Antwaun Stanley, are joining singer-songwriter and community builder Larry Long, with select members of The Hornheads (Prince, Mavis Staple, Jimmy Jam, Phil Upchurch, et al) and members of Wong’s The Green Screen Band as the American Roots Revue backing group for just two shows January 13, 2018, at The Dakota at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for the 7:00 p.m. show and $25 for the 9:00 p.m. show and available in advance at at the door.

This incarnation of the Revue will feature what the singular, always-changing band line up does best — capture first-rate artists that have never shared a stage before teaming up to do each other’s songs, plus classic tunes from America’s great songbook. It’s a truly special night whenever ARR is onstage that has produced some exceptional performances that will never be seen again!

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Join Larry for a special, intimate two-hour concert of original music with Daryl Boudreaux on percussion and Sid Gasner on Guitar at the Folk House (4500 Culver Road in Golden Valley) on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m (doors open at 6:30).  This is a concert you’ll not want to miss. Please RSVP by emailing Chuck Ericksen at <>.

Tune into WDRT-91.9 Driftless Community Radio at 12pm on Sunday Nov. 11 when Radio Free Space takes you to Cashton, Wisconsin for a very special Birthday Celebration honoring Marian Sullivan Schultz as she turns 104 years old. Join singer and songwriter Larry Long, Master Storyteller Tom Thibodeau, Teacher Tara Schmitz and her 8th grade servant leadership class as they weave together true community in honoring this strong woman and Driftless elder. You can also

WDRT-91.9 can be heard through southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota and is available to everyone online:

This November the revue returns to its roots with powerhouse vocalist and 2017-2018 McKnight Artist Fellow Tonia Hughes; J.D. Steele (eldest sibling of ‘The Steeles’), the “Pavarotti of Gospel” Robert Robinson, acclaimed songwriter and front man for the Honeydogs Adam Levy with troubadour and community builder Larry Long.

All backed by a superlative all-star band, which includes Billy Steele (Keyboards), Joe Savage (Pedal Steel), Yonathan Bekure(Bass) and Kenyari Jackson (Drums).

This must-see bill will make you feel like you’re going to a revival inside the intimate nightclub that is the Dakota.

When: Saturday, Nov 18, 2017   Time: 7:00pm & 9 PM   Tickets: BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant • 1010 Nicollet Avenue • Minneapolis, MN 55403 • 612-332-1010

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Larry Long will be performing his new song “No One Can Keep a Good Woman Down” with 8th Grade Leadership students in honor of Mrs. Marian Sullivan Schwarz’s on her 104th Birthday at the Cashton Community Hall on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

This performance is part of a Cashton Community Celebration where students will also be reciting select words shared by Mrs. Schwarz about Mrs. Marian Sullivan Schwarz’s life.  She will also be presented with a framed copy of the song lyrics and photo put together by her great grandson, Aiden Cook.

About Mrs. Marian Sullivan Schwarz:  Mrs. Marian Sullivan Schwarz grew up in Lyon’s Valley with her five sisters.  During that time she grew to be a strong woman full of moxey and hope.  

 In 1933, Marian received her first teaching job at Clements School in Portland, WI.  For over 40 years she worked in the field of education in either a teacher or principal role.  Her love of children and respect for the field has continued to this day.  

 While teaching, Marian raised four children, milked cows, took care of a home, and attended college to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  Many challenges faced her along the way such as WWII, Women’s Rights, and the day-to-day doings of a mother and a wife.  Through it all she remained strong and driven.  That drive is evident to this day as she reaches a new milestone in her life.  

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Join Larry Long & Friends for a Autumn Feast and Concert at Hawk’s Ridge Ranch on September 23rd, Saturday, 5 PM – 9 PM.    Bring your family and friends!

The proceeds from this celebration will go to secure Larry’s audio archives which honor the life stories of over 1,000 elders from every continent of the world who call the United States home.

Larry will be joined by Joe Savage (Pedal Steel), Sid Gasner (Bass, Guitar) and Daryl Boudreaux (Percussion).

Address:  457 County Road U, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016
Contact information:  (715) 426-7350  Email:

All are welcome!
Bring your favorite dish to share.
Hay bales to sit on, bring chair or blanket if you like. BYOB.
$50 suggested donation.

Rick McArthur, who spearheaded this event, will be honored at this gathering.

Rick McArthur
Veteran of Wounded Knee
February 1, 1951 – September 6, 2017

Rick McArthur spoke truth to power, through helping us all realize that true power comes from a power far greater than ‘I’. He rarely crossed a river without putting a pinch of tobacco down into the waters to give thanks.


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After all these years
I wouldn’t change a thing
Always one more road to travel
One more song sing

Larry Long & Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott have been playing music together for over 40 years. In the early 1970’s they traveled and played music extensively throughout the United States – hitchhiking, hopping freights, and in the mid seventies traveled in the Lone Prairie Schooner and the Red Caboose down the back roads of America.

Since those early days, they’ve both established their own separate remarkable musical careers. From singing with Kris Kristofferson at the Hollywood Bowl, Joan Baez at Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden, on the California Zephr, to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, and the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada. Their journey is a true American journey!

Though Fiddlin’ Pete and Larry now live thousands of miles apart (Pete in Bishop, California and Larry in the Longfellow Neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota), they continue to get together to play music and celebrate with family and friends.

Larry Long & Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott played at the first ever Barn Dance back in 1977 and they are going to be performing at this years Barnyard Jamboree!

Full Schedule of Campbell Homestead Barnyard Jamboree on August 25th & 26th listed below.

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Larry Long will be performing in Fredrikstad, Norway at a gathering with Rigoberta Menchú. Rigoberta Menchu received the Nobel Peace Prize for dedicating her life to publicizing the rights of Guatemala’s indigenous feminists during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996), and to promoting indigenous rights in the country. Other performances between September 3- 11 will include a concert at the International Meeting Point and a cultural-diversity workshop with students at Haugeåsen Middle School. Larry will be singing My Rainbow Race in honor of Pete Seeger at each event. My Rainbow Race by Pete Seeger was sung by over forty-thousand people in Norway at a “rose rally” in response to the murder of seventy-seven innocent people by a far-right extremist in Norway on July 22, 2011.  These performances coincide with the 450th Anniversary of the founding of Fredrikstad in 1567.

My Rainbow Race

One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I’ll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It’s too soon to die.

Some folks want to be like an ostrich,
Bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams
Can unclench all those greedy hands.
Some hope to take the easy way:
Poisons, bombs. They think we need ’em.
Don’t you know you can’t kill all the unbelievers?
There’s no shortcut to freedom.

One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I’ll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It’s too soon to die.

Go tell, go tell all the little children.
Tell all the mothers and fathers too.
Now’s our last chance to learn to share
What’s been given to me and you.

One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I’ll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It’s too soon to die.


American Roots Revue: Larry Long, Robert Robinson, JD Steele, Tonia Hughes reunite at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, November 18th for two shows.

American Roots Revue works from the core of America’s richest musical traditions of First Nation, gospel, blues, folk, rock and R&B. This November the revue returns to its roots with its original line up that includes acclaimed gospel vocalist and community leader JD Steele! JD joins musicians that will also include the show’s producer and community builder Larry Long, with powerhouse gospel and soul singer Tonia Hughes, and the American Roots anchor artist — the “Pavarotti of Gospel” — Robert Robinson.

Larry Long’s American Roots Revue boasts the artistic range to salute iconic America music heroes like Pete Seeger on what would have been his 95th birthday with a cavalcade of talent. And the poetic license to present artists in unique combinations with each other, like this must-see bill! It’s not unusual to see internationally known blues singer and writer Guy Davis with best-selling rockers like Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum, and rising pop star Chastity Brown with Minnesota’s favorite chanteuse, Prudence Johnson, all backed by a superlative band and vocalists who will make you feel like you’re going to a revival inside the intimate nightclub that is the Dakota.

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant • 1010 Nicollet Avenue • Minneapolis, MN 55403 • 612-332-1010




Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Pre-Summit Fundraiser

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017,

Time: 6 PM to 9 PM
Where: First Universalist Church 3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Hau Mitakuyapi, dear friends, relatives, and allies, you are cordially invited to the Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Pre-Summit Fundraiser. It will feature indigenous rights defenders, artists, traditional foods by an indigenous chef, presentations, and a short documentary related to the upcoming Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit.

Contributions and donations will support the first annual Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit that will convene diverse indigenous peoples and youth from the world community in the spirit of Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred on August 1st and 2nd, 2017. Your presence will help support the historical inauguration of the Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit.

To Donate online, contact:


Join us to honor all of creation in spoken word and song
Summer Solstice, June 21st, 7 PM, FREE!

Saint Joan Of Arc Church
4537 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

To embrace the world with open arms of curiosity. To listen without judgment to the subtle magical rhythms and musicality of an ancient language spoken, as it rolls off the tongue of hard working people. To embrace each breathe, each step, and each new day with joy and laughter. To see one’s own reflection within the sparkle of the eyes of another. To fall in love with the wonderment of it all. To be alive.

-Larry Long

“To honor the life of another is to honor oneself…The word “honor” simply means to listen.” Songwriter Larry Long, this season’s final TED Talk-PV-Style presenter, on Tuesday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Boutique Theater, will share inspirational examples of how he has embraced that philosophy in his work as a modern-day troubadour, committed to celebrating the lives and struggles of ordinary people in narrative and song. His message, in short, is to be kind to all.

A social advocate, Larry has had the unique experience of living inside the lives of communities at important moments in history and utilizing these experiences as the focal point of his music. As a Midwestern young man he rode with farmers on their tractorcade to Washington DC. On the East Coast he came to know Pete Seeger, who shared his efforts to clean up the Hudson River. This led Larry to go back home to Minnesota and create the Mississippi River Revival to celebrate and help restore that great river. Along the way, he was adopted by the American Indian Movement and traveled with their caravans to affirm their sovereign rights. His great respect for Woody Guthrie led him to Woody’s hometown of Okemah, where after many years of silence, Larry was able to help create their first tribute for Woody.

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“Larry Long on Social Issues” will be broadcast tonight, Monday, March 20, at 9 PM on Channel 6, the Metro Cable Network. Channel 6 interconnects the 14 cable systems in the seven county metro area, reaching approximately 1.86 million.  

The interview tonight is a biographical interview and I’m very proud of this piece because I feel it captures who I am. I hope you’ll tune in.

Helen Tsuchiya passed away at the age of 92 on February 4, 2017. As she shared with young people through Larry’s  ‘Elders’ Wisdom, Children Song’ program about her Japanese-American Internment experience in World War II, “When you think about it, it’s my parents who really suffered. Now I want to share my story with the children so it will never happen again.”  In return the children and Larry honored her in song. As the closing verse to Be Kind To All That Live reads:

If I were to change tomorrow
I would start here right now
To help put an end to sorrow
I know we each know how

Be kind to all that live

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Larry’s electrifying new release is now available is now available through our online store as well as at Amazon and iTunes. A perfect gift for the holiday season along with his previous releases on Cereus Records, Smithsonian Folkways and Rounder/Flying Fish Records.

“The late Johnny Cash coined the phrase “a dove with claws” to describe the fierce pacifism that grew from his first-hand look at America’s endless wars while entertaining soldiers in Vietnam. Cash’s words are a perfect description of the life and work of Larry Long.

“Long’s music had an indelible influence on a young cousin from Iowa who became the charting rock artist, Melvin James. Now Larry and Melvin have joined forces. The claws of Melvin’s guitar sharpen the urgency of Long’s message in a way that will surprise and delight you.”