A Conversation About Art and Soul

A while back, I wrote you about a great new podcast here in our area, called Art and Soul of North Texas. I’m writing you about it again today because I was the featured artist for March. Because of our vacation, we didn’t get the interview done until late in the month, and I wanted to have this notice displayed on the April page of this blog, so it would get more visibility for a longer time. So, I waited until today to mention it to you…

I’m inviting you to give it a listen. Art and Soul is created and produced by my friend, Shelly Niebhur, who is herself quite an accomplished musician and painter. Check out her own website here.


I have been interviewed for “radio” many times. But I have to say –with all due respect to the interviews that have come before– this is the best one, hands down. The podcast format allows us lots of time to explore the issues, and have a true dialogue, and not just “canned” responses.

Here’s how Shelly describes the interview:
Eric Folkerth is in studio today. A prolific singer/songwriter, minister, and blogger, Eric’s intelligent songwriting and skillful guitar playing have earned him a loyal and large fan base in our area. You’ll get to hear songs from his upcoming CD, along with songs from his first CD “Songs for the Time Being”. And, you’ll hear about a new love in his life, his Santa Cruz guitar.

You can listen online by clicking right here.

Once you’re there, you can also “subscribe” to the podcast too, which allows it to be automatically downloaded into your iPod.

Many thanks to Shelly for asking me to be a guest. I hope you’ll all take the time to give this interview a listen.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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