My Backstage Pass

"Paul" of Peter, Paul, and Mary - Noel Paul Stookey

July 12, 2021 With Hosts Lee Zimmerman and Billy Hubbard Episode 11
My Backstage Pass
"Paul" of Peter, Paul, and Mary - Noel Paul Stookey
Show Notes

This episode our guest is a man well known as one of the most prolific forces behind the early ‘60s folk revival and a champion of civil rights during the decades that came after. His name is Noel Paul Stookey, the "Paul" who was an essential part of the trio known throughout the world as Peter, Paul and Mary. Always served on the front lines when it comes to advocacy and education, he, along with Peter Yarrow and the late Mary Travers, helped bring those populist precepts into the modern era in the midst of a tidal wave of social change that swept across America and the world throughout the iconic era of the 1960s. The group also played a critical role as part of the transition to modern music, sharing the songs of Bob Dylan, John Denver and Pete Seeger with audiences that were, up until that point, often unawares. Following the death of Mary Travers in 2009, Stookey doubled down on a solo career he intimated in 1971 with his Paul And album, and he’s been at it ever since. His latest album, the aptly titled Just Causes, consists of a collection of his songs that span the past 50 years, and, as the title implies, continues to share his commitment to concerns he’s focused on since early on. Please join us as we revisit the history of this major musical mainstay. Learn more about Noel Paul Stookey and his music at http://www.noelpaulstookey.com/ and you can even add your own selfie to his music video at https://www.revolution1x1.org

Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS - affiliated television stations. Lee, who currently lives in East Tennessee, recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. You can contact Lee at [email protected]

Cohost/Producer Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer and booking manager of The Station in East TN. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars. You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com