First up this week we head to the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic and hear from the legendary Rising Star Fife and Drum Band led by Sarde Thomas - the granddaughter of Otha Turner. Then we go to the front porch of Shangri-La Records in Midtown Memphis to listen to the ancient, gospel tradition of Daptone Records recording artists, The Walker Family Singers, from Como, Mississippi.
Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Benmont Tench. You may not have heard of him, but chances are, you have heard him. He's best known as the keyboard player and founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. As a sought-after session musician, he's played on tracks by artists as varied as Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, and the Rolling Stones.
Monday, March 28: This episode of the World Cafe begins a week of the special series, Sense of Place, and this time around the focus is on Asheville, North Carolina. Hear the talents of the Asheville-based folk quartet, River Whyless.
We talk to three soul singers from the formative era of the mid 1950s through Motown of the late 60s, and an all-female New Orleans brass band. Justine "Baby" Washington talks about growing up in Harlem and her hits “The Times,” “Nobody Cares,” and “That's How Heartaches Are Made.” Maxine Brown started as teenager in NYC singing with gospel groups. By 1960 she penned the hit, "All in My Mind," and would later have hits with "Oh No Not My Baby" and a duet with Chuck Jackson on "Something You Got." Chris Clark is a rare white soul singer who recorded for Detroit's Motown Records.
What allows us to endure our darkest moments? What does it take to show resilience in the face of adversity? In this hour, TED speakers explore the outer limits of inner strength. 1) Explorer Ben Saunders is the first person to finish the perilous trek from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. He describes what he had to endure in order to survive the journey. 2) Humanitarian Zainab Salbi explains how life continues in the midst of war -- and how the ones who "keep life going" are women.
While they don't all have blue-eyes, the white soul and swamp pop guys and gals from Philadelphia and South Louisiana have created distinctive regional sounds of national significance. In Philadelphia, we sample soul roots of the famed band Hall & Oates; and learn from John Oates that -- despite years of pop music, big hair and synthesizers-- at heart he is also a folkie into to country blues and flat-picked guitar a la Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt… which he plays live for us!
Celebrate the many types of love with this coming week's Love Songs Valentine's Day Special on Women In Music with Laney Goodman. On this coming week's show, you'll hear the music of Karen Savoca, Jane Siberry, Arianne Lydon, Janis Ian, MeShell N'degeocello, and Liz Wright, just to name a few. Celebrate Valentine's Day this coming week with Women In Music with Laney Goodman.
Celebrate Black History Month with this coming week's Women In Music with Laney Goodman, as we honor the lives of the late Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks with the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou and the music of Pantera Saint-Montaigne , and Tracy Chapman. We'll also hear the multi-cultural experience of the African Diaspora with Les Nubians, and the griots (or storytellers) of Mali. So, tune in tonight for a Black History Month Special as we honor the lives and music of women of color around the world on Women In Music with Laney Goodman.
For our annual pre-Lenten bacchanal, we bring you classic Mardi Gras songs from the Crescent City and beyond. We travel to Nice, France - grand city on the Cote d'Azure - for a float parade that parodies American fast food assembly lines and French political scandals as stinky as local cheese; From there, on to the vintners village of Limoux, where free glasses of blanchette are never empty. We end our journey in Coney Island NY, where we hear of carnivalesque revelry at America's great amusement park by the sea and walk with the fishes in the Mermaid Parade.
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.