This week, Pickin' on WHRV and the Acoustic Highway honor Gordon Lightfoot. When Gordon Lightfoot died May 1st,, he left behind a legacy as a brilliant musician. He rose to fame first as a songwriter in the early 60s with songs like “Early Morning Rain” and “For Lovin Me.” When Country Star Marty Robbins reached the top of the charts with “Ribbon of Darkness” Lightfoot’s reputation soared and artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and the trio Peter, Paul, and Mary, began covering his music. Bluegrass artists Tony Rice, JD Crowe, and other Americana stars also covered his tunes. As the folk boom of the early 60s waned, Lightfoot transitioned into the burgeoning acoustic music scene of the 70s and had countless crossover hits including “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “Rainy Day People,” and the haunting “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” On this week’s Pickin and Acoustic Highway, we remember the joy of Gordon Lightfoot’s music. Local and regional musicians and listeners will be sharing their remembrances and reflections of how he shaped their musical journey.

Join us this Sunday evening beginning at 7 on 89.5 FM.

You can also listen live online.