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JPR Live Session: Joe Troop

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The folk singer, banjo player, band leader and self-described 'artivist' joined us to talk about his new album Borrowed Time, and the social issues he focuses on outside of music.

After an 18-month drought, we welcomed Joe Troop into our performance studio for an actual live in-person session. He was on his way to Mexico after doing some work with United Farm Workers in eastern Washington.

Troop's band Che' Apalache was put on lengthy hiatus as a result of the difficulty and delays processing artist visas, which gave Troop time to focus on a collection of tunes for a solo project. Borrowed Time is a sharply written album that touches on immigration, America's bail bond system, climate change, and other societal issues that Troop is passionate about.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.