Roger McGuinn made a name for himself as lead singer of the Byrds. Being one of the masterminds behind songs like "Eight Miles High" and "Mr. Spaceman", it only stands to reason he'd be the guy to embrace both technology and tradition. Over the last decade he has quietly done one of the coolest things since the dawn of the internet. The Folk Den is a project he took on in an attempt to use the fledgling internet medium as a tool to turn on a new generation to folk music. Every month, he has been recording a song and posting it to his website for free, the hope being that people could take these songs and sing them with their friends and family. Folk music and the internet sound like polar opposites, but the idea rings true. Folk music, with its reliance on word of mouth, is the ultimate form of a grass roots tradition. And we've found in the first decade or two of the internet that it also spreads ideas in a viral fashion.
McGuinn commemorated the occasion of 10 years of the Folk Den by releasing a boxed set of the 100 or so best songs from the project. If that sounds a little daunting, there's also a "best of" single CD available. He's also been featured on "Mixed Bag Radio" on XM.