Tom Chapin is a three-time Grammy-award winning artist who’s released 24 albums over his long career. He’s one of the few artists who’ve been able to lead a dual life as both a folk artist and popular childrens’ performer. His new album, 70, celebrates his milestone birthday with a diverse collection of acoustic-based tunes – socially-conscious tracks rub shoulders with heartfelt love songs. It’s a fitting summation of his 50 years as a performer. He tells us the story behind “Guitar Child,” a song that pays homage to some of his heroes.
He also talks about the great songwriter Steve Goodman, and why he chose to cover his “City of New Orleans.” In addition, we discuss his late brother, Harry Chapin, and his lasting impact as a social activist.