Legacy: Interview with Sonny Ochs

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While God Help The Troubadour’s regular episodes are on hiatus, we will periodically be releasing bonus content. We’ve decided to call these “Legacy” episodes, as they will focus on the enduring impact that Phil Ochs has had on those who knew him, on his fans, and on folk music as a whole.

In this installment, we had the pleasure of interviewing Sonny Ochs, Phil’s older sister. Topics include Phil’s early life, his family, his later years, artists who carry on his musical spirit, and why his story still connects to young people today.

Below is a list of the artists Sonny mentioned during the episode – we highly recommend you check them out.

  • Martyn Joseph
  • SONiA disappear fear
  • Pat Wictor
  • Kim & Reggie Harris
  • Tony Rice
  • John Flynn
  • Greg Greenway
  • Pat Humphreys
  • Tom Prasada-Rao
  • Ellis Paul
  • Colleen Kattau
  • Tom Paxton
  • Holly Near
  • Roy Zimmerman
  • Joe Jencks

Part Two: I Ain’t Marching Anymore

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Part two defines the meaning of the term “hootenanny,” reluctantly explores our hero’s relationship with another little-known songwriter, and leads us into the release of Phil’s second record.

After the biography portion, listen to a small circle of friends discuss the album and its impact. 

Salutations + Phil Ochs Podcast

Hello readers! My name is Tori, and I’m here to help break the long Phil Ochs fast.

A couple things: I have recently started work on a podcast about Phil, titled “God Help the Troubadour: The Eternal Voice of Phil Ochs”. I go into detail in this video:

I’m not making any promises, but my goal is to start releasing episodes by December 19 this year, Phil’s 80th birthday. I’d like to host episodes and their liner notes here once I get the ball rolling. Thanks to the sheer amount of research this project requires, I have already acquired plenty of content––mostly in the form of articles and interviews––which I’ll be happy to share. Thanks for stopping by!



Celebrating Phil Ochs will be going on a bit of a hiatus. The site will remain up, but the posts will stop for awhile. This has been a five year labor of love, and it’s a good time to take a break. See you all in awhile.