Pokey LaFarge keeps American roots music fresh

Pokey LaFarge keeps American roots music fresh
Pokey LaFarge keeps American roots music fresh

Pokey LaFarge keeps American roots music fresh

Like the riverboats that used to come up the Mississippi, St. Louis-based Pokey LaFarge is floating upstream with a guitar case full of ragtime, blues, western swing, and trad jazz. But make no mistake-there’s a difference between “retro” and “classic”. LaFarge banks in the latter, using sounds and elements from days gone by…not to trade in nostalgia, but to create a solid base for music that instantly becomes timeless. His latest album is Something in the Water, and he joins the Morning Shift before a gig at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. (Joshua Black Wilkins courtesy of Pokey LaFarge)