The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-and-wife team of singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, have grown into one of the most deeply skilled and admired musical ensembles in the world. Produced by Derek Trucks and recorded at Swamp Raga Studios, the band’s home studio in Jacksonville, Florida, Let Me Get By – 10 new songs all written or co-written by the band – is an absorbing, self-assured artistic leap forward.
Aoife (pronounced EEE-fah) O’Donovan’s debut solo album, Fossils, was released to critical acclaim and ended up on many Best of 2013 lists from outlets like NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine and No Depression, among others. Aoife appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Weekend Edition, SiriusXM The Coffee House and The Village. President Obama even exposed himself as a fan by including the track Red and White and Blue and Gold on his first official Spotify playlist in the summer of 2015.
It's pretty amazing how quickly blues music became an international art form, despite its humble and isolated origins in the Mississippi Delta. Take a quick glance at our programming over the past couple of seasons, and you'll see a strong international presence: Kid Anderson, Ian Siegal, Anna Popovic, and many more. This week we add Norwegian blues star Daniel Eriksen to that list. We captured this performance right in the heart of the delta with the banks of the Mississippi River serving as his backdrop.
This week on American Routes, we'll talk to folk rocker songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson. An advocate for British lyric and music tradition in new settings with refashioned traditional songs and stories, Thompson evolved from playing in the seminal folk-rock band, Fairport Convention to his present day role as an in-demand guitarist and songwriter.
Beale Street Caravan lost a longtime friend when soul music great Otis Clay passed away on January 8th. Clay rose to prominence behind '70s R&B hits such as "Trying to Live my Life Without You" and "All Because of Your Love," both songs birthed through the production genius of Memphis' Willie Mitchell and the Hi Records Rhythm Section. This week's program was originally scheduled to air in February, but with Clay's passing, we felt an urgency to release it now in his memory.
This week on our investigative news program Reveal: "Do Not Drink: The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan." The economically depressed city of Flint, Michigan, is making headlines across the country because there’s something in its water that shouldn’t be there. You may have heard about the problems in Flint: about how the tap water can be brownish, stinky, funny-tasting. After denying there was a problem for months, state and city officials finally discovered the cause – there was lead in the water.
WordTemple host Katherine Hastings airs a live reading from the WordTemple Poetry Series featuring: Stephen Kessler reading from his translation Forbidden Pleasures — New & Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda, one of the great Spanish poets of the Generation of ’27; Devereaux Baker reading from her latest award-winning collection out of the bones of the earth; and Michelle Wing, author ofBody on the Wall.
Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Wyoming singer/songwriter Michael Batdorf. Michael received his first guitar at age 12 and started immediately writing his own songs. After a few years, he began recording his creations in his own little studio, which had a huge impact on his craft by allowing him to explore the depths of a song beyond just a guitar and a voice. Michael studied music recording and music business at Middle Tennessee State University. After leaving the Nashville area, he settled into the Tetons of western Wyoming and has committed to his songwriting craft.
This week, we celebrate the first month of the new year with songs from The Decemberists, John Whelan, John Doyle; some moon magic with Claire Lynch and Hal Ketchum; a couple of live tracks featuring the amazing Joan Baez; a set from the Earls of Leicester and one from their musical idol, Earl Scruggs; feel the cold of winter with Mumford & Sons, David Francey, Claudia Schmidt; plus more favorites from The Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck & Abigail.
This episode of KRCB’s A Novel Idea features Suzanne Lang in conversation with Kermit Roosevelt on his latest novel, Allegiance, an historical fiction set in the Supreme Court during WWII, with the Japanese internment presenting moral issues that resonate today.
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night long with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations, contributing something new to the musical feast. Ten hours of music will start at 7 pm and continue throughout the night until 5am.
David Dye is joined by Martin Courtney on the World Cafe. He’s the lead singer of the New Jersey rock outfit, Real Estate, making his solo debut with Many Moons. In a departure from his previous band work, the new project is driven by acoustic guitar, as we’ll hear in today’s live performance. Don’t miss a set of great new songs with Martin, plus conversation about his songwriting process.
Monday night December 14th on the 'Newtopian Dream' (7 -10PM PST on KRCB 91.1 and 90.9FM and streaming on the web at www.krcb.org), a phone interview with the fabulous Kristin Hoffman for the first hour or so (including some of her music, of
We’ll re-visit the moment when the “California long-hairs” took over a Nashville studio to pay tribute to aging country heroes. A look back at the 1972 LP Will The Circle Be Unbroken with John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and his memories of those historic sessions. Then, a conversation with another musician familiar with Nashville, jazz vibraphone master Gary Burton. Plus a visit with Jake Shimabukuro, for whom any genre is a fine match for the ukulele.
There's only one Bobby Rush. Honed and refined (or unrefined, depending on your point of view) through decades on the Chitlin' Circuit, his self-described "folk-funk" act has become a headlining attraction at festivals and events around the world. But this week we've got something a little different: Bobby Rush, stripped down and raw, backed only by Super Chikan on guitar, singing his biggest hits and telling the stories behind the songs.
Hear him Tuesday at 11 pm on Beale Street Caravan.
Over the course of a career that lasted some sixty years, pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint's music and sound became a hugely influential force for artists working in many different genres. Toussaint died on Monday night in Madrid, at the age of 77. Michael O’Brien will be guest-hosting New Orleans by the Bay while regular host Linda Seabright is in New Orleans. Michael will be spinning tunes in tribute to the late Allen Toussaint.
Join us for New Orleans by the Bay, Sundays 11 am - 1 pm.
First up this week we have the incomparable Guy Davis, AKA "The Kokomo Kid." His gravelly vocals, freight train fingerpicking, and introspective storytelling will have you hanging on to every minute of his set. Then we hear from The NightOwls, a fresh, new soul revue that's celebrating the release of their album, The Fame Sessions - recorded down in Muscle Shoals and features original Swampers David Hood and Spooner Oldham.
A conversation with a man of many talents: songwriter, actor, boxer, military man, among many titles, Kris Kristofferson, reflecting on his life in music, his songwriting craft, and the nature of gratitude for his life’s adventures.
He's just 16 years old, y'all. It's incredible. Yes, he's toured over in Europe and played for the Obama family at the White House, but tonight his loving mother sits on the front row, as she always does, and makes sure the show doesn't run over. Why? Because Christone "Kingfish" Ingram has to get up and go to school the next day just like any other 16 year old. We're excited to feature Kingfish on Beale Street Caravan, and we have a feeling that he's got a long career in music ahead of him.