pokey lafarge

For me, the lines between design and music are constantly blurred. The sounds playing in your home can be as effective as beautiful artwork or great furniture in creating a space that feels like you. While my musical tastes are pretty much all over the map (and I’m always looking for something new that will knock me off my feet), I’ve always had a deep love and appreciation for traditional music that reminds me of what my grandparents and their parents must have listened to. I find myself not only drawn to the scratchy warmth of the recordings but the style of the musicians, as well. So when I saw the newest Tiny Desk Concert on NPR* yesterday with Pokey Lafarge, I stopped dead in my tracks. When AC woke up, I forced him to watch this, hoping he would melt into one giant smile like I did. Pokey Lafarge was recently signed by Jack White’s Third Man Records (is there anything Jack doesn’t do right?) and played this small show in anticipation of his upcoming 78. I was completely smitten with Pokey from the second his mouth opened. I love his style, his voice, his lyrics — the entire package. It was love at first sight & sound. (Bonus points for the fact that he reminds me of Delmar from O Brother, Where Art Thou?) If you are looking for some beautiful, joyful sounds to fill your home this morning, I highly suggest clicking “play” below. I’ve done that at least five times this morning and have loved it more each time. Sadly, the video isn’t embeddable, just the audio, so if you want to watch (which is really part of the experience), you can do that here at NPR. xo, grace

*If you don’t listen to/watch this series on NPR, I highly recommend starting. It’s a wonderful way to see some new and familiar faces in a lovely, intimate setting.

  1. thanks for this, this is exactly what i needed this morning!

  2. Vicki says:

    I love this style of music and I love Pokey! I hear a little bit o’ Dylan in that voice. Thanks for the tip on the Tiny Desk Concerts. I’ll be tuning in.

    1. grace says:


      i agree- we were listening to his old album last night and ac said it reminded him of “the tallest man on earth”, the singer who sounds remarkably like dylan. ;)


  3. frances says:

    thanks so much. :) had never heard of him. i’ll be listening now.

  4. Kim says:

    As a St. Louisan (Pokey is from the STL area) and a Pokey fan, very excited to see this on one of my favorite sites! He is super talented and a really nice guy. Definitely check him out live if you ever get a chance!

  5. kelly says:

    i am dancing in my seat as i am stuck in front of the computer

  6. Jes says:

    This is the second place I have read about Pokey LaFarge today and it’s not even 10AM. So, I had to comment and share the other place, because it’s an article about one of my favorite artists, who should definitely be checked out if you like this- http://noladefender.com/content/meschiya-lake

  7. Kim says:

    I saw them Pokey LeFarge and the South City Three play last month! St. Louis’ finest….

  8. Amy M. says:

    Future husband, pretty much.

    1. grace says:

      please marry him, amy. then we’d be able to beg him to play small shows at our houses ;)


  9. Erin says:

    I live in St. Louis and we love Pokey LaFarge. Very fun to see him here :)

  10. Molly says:

    Hey! He’s managed by a good friend of mine. How awesome to see him on here. Check out more at http://traderootmusic.com/artists/pokey-lafarge/

    1. grace says:


      so cool! i’m dying to do an interview with him- he just oozes the sort of style and sound i love.

      grace :)

  11. What a way to start the day!
    Fabulous – I love it!

  12. Liza says:

    Oh thank you so much for posting! This absolutely made my summer playlist as it’s perfect for drinking lemonade and sitting on big wooden porches.

  13. Joan says:


    You might have to check with him and his girlfriend first… I was at Pokey’s show in Nashville and she was there. You can tell that he is completely in love with her. Plus, she’s gorgeous.

  14. lucy says:

    jack white [my future husband ;p] can do absolutely not wrong in my book…and thank you for sharing this amazing artist…instantly a favorite!

  15. Hannah says:

    Fabulous! Thanks for the introduction!

  16. Hannah says:

    P.S. Anyone have an album rec? Which one should I start with on itunes?

  17. Emily says:

    Grace, thank you.

  18. Holly Jones says:

    love the tip on the Tiny Desk Concerts. thanks so much. and yes, pokey, he is smooth.

  19. Dana says:

    pure awesomeness!

  20. claire says:

    Wow, those Tiny Desk Concerts are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing! I love the whole Pokey sound/look, too. He’s like something from another time…

  21. jenni o says:

    Joan, I was at his Nashville show too with a friend! Rainy night, small bar, hardly anyone there, but we were all rapt with attention. He has some of the best stage presence I’ve seen in a long time..and his expressive face while singing fascinated me!

  22. Megan says:

    Hey Grace! If you like Pokey then you would love The Devil Makes Three and Jackie Greene. I am a big oldy timey music fan. :)

  23. Sommer says:

    LOVE it!!! thanks for sharing this

  24. Harriet says:

    Thanks for letting me in on this Grace! Love him. I often get so behind with the Tiny Desk concerts, so its great to be reminded…

  25. Nicole says:

    He is amazing! I luckly live in St. Louis so get to see him alot! i am really happy that he is on here!

  26. Bridget says:

    check out his website for tour dates, music videos and more. http://www.pokeylafarge.net

    Also lots on YouTube

  27. This is awesome! I have a huge grin on my face now.

  28. elizabeth says:

    ooh, thanks for sharing this. I immediately bought his album on iTunes and have been listening to it all evening!

  29. Jackie says:

    Aren’t you jealous of those of us who live in St. Louis? Great food, great museums, great houses, a tremendous printmaking scene…and Pokey. Let’s not mention that whole cold and snowy thing…

  30. Jackie says:

    Say, Design Sponge needs a St. Louis City Guide, complete with directions to Pokey’s next appearance!

    1. grace says:


      i believe we have one in the works- i can add in some pokey dates when it runs ;)


  31. lara says:

    brilliant! i am grinning from ear to ear. …i always look forward to tuesdays with your music but thanks for a surprise wednesday music bit.

  32. Lisa says:

    what a great way to start kick my day! thanks

  33. Robin says:

    Saw him in Nashville last week at Music City Roots and he was FABULOUS. His band is great too. If you look here, he is playing the third set. Probably @ the 3/4 hour point. The whole show was great, but Pokey was the BEST.

  34. I wnder if he is distantly related to the LaFarge family which produced a poet, history writer, and the stained glass artist John LaFarge, who produced the windows for Trinity church in Boston!! I knew the late poet W.E.R. Larfarge very well, and it is a gene pool of genius talents!!
    This young man is of that caliber!!!!!!!

  35. AnnieMac says:

    One of my favorite blogs meets the wonderful sounds of STL music. :)

    I’m excited for the STL Guide and to see what Julia Rothman has in store for our landmarks.

  36. Robin says:

    Not to be too much of a stalker, but I did talk with the bass player before the show in town and I loved knowing that the three guys in the band have known each other since they were in high school in St. Louis together. Makes sense–they are so in synch.

  37. Mike G. says:

    It’s good to see so many St. Louisans on here shouting out for Pokey. He’s the real deal. Seeing him live is a trip back in time like no other. I don’t know how he manages to feel so authentic and not fake, but he pulls it off.

  38. Jill says:

    Just loved this, thanks so much!

  39. Vanessa says:

    Oh, this is an old friend of mine! I lost contact with him when I moved to Chicago, but you just made my DAY with this posting!! :)

  40. Kineret says:


    ~big smile~

  41. Julia says:

    I just saw the Tiny Desk Concert and pretty much did the same thing! I love this style if music, their look, the whole package!!


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