About Matt Watroba
Selected for the folk D.J. Hall Of Fame at the 2019 International Folk Alliance conference in Montreal
Recipient of the Lantern Bearer award --Folk Alliance Midwest (FARM)
Outstanding Folk Performer--Detroit Music Awards
Matt Watroba has spent most of his adult life singing, writing, and talking about folk & roots music to anyone interested in listening. He discovered commercial folk music in his 9th grade English class when he was 13 years old. The record that changed his life back then: Tom Paxton's Ain't That News. That record inspired a lifetime of sharing this music as a popular public radio host and producer, as a writer, and as a sought after performer and community song leader. This podcast was inevitable. Matt has interviewed hundreds of folk & roots music performers over the years. He has produced thousands of hours of broadcast radio, including syndicated shows for Sirius XM, Sing Out! , Folk Alley, and the Folk Music Notebook. He continues his local radio work with WKAR out of Michigan State Public Media in East Lansing, Michigan with "Folk With Matt Watroba," a three hour folk show on Sunday nights starting at 6pm (E). He is also the co-founder of the Detroit Non-Profit, Common Chords--an organization devoted to using music and art to tear down the walls that divide us. He co-created this with his decades old musical partner and friend, Rev. Robert Jones.