A new CD is out this week, which features long-lost recordings of Don McLean, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pete Seeger and others. The recordings were made at the oldest continuously operating folk coffee house in the country, Caffe Lena.
Host Dick Gordon speaks to Jocelyn Arem, who has spent years gathering reel-to-reel and other taped recordings from attics and basements, and digitizing the music. She’s also traveled the country, recording oral history memories of the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. shop with musicians such as Ani DiFranco.
The project is called the Caffe Lena History Project, and it includes a CD boxed set, a book, and a traveling exhibition.