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.
Monday, October 26, 2015. On this Vintage Cafe, an in-studio performance and conversation with Punch Brothers from earlier this year.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015. English rock band, Alberta Cross, returns with their new self-titled record.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015.Perpetual Motion People is the new solo album from idiosyncratic musician and songwriter Ezra Furman, a guy who performs in a skirt and pearls and whose website is titled: Ezra Furman: A Guide for the Perplexed.
This week we've got not one, but two of the greatest living practitioners of the blues. First up, Kenny Brown shakes 'em on down in a raucous set of foot stomping jams, then Alvin Youngblood Hart kicks it into high gear with his brand of genre-twisting, psychedelic, blues-rock. Also joining us is recording artist John Paul Keith as he continues our Made In Memphis segment which takes a look at the behind the scenes stories of hit songs crafted in the Bluff City.
We Reopen the Case of this Famous Actress/Restaurateur
Who killed Thelma Todd? This Halloween we reopen the case of this famous Hollywood actress and restaurateur to investigate the most popular theories about the culprit, from the Mob to a jealous lover to even her closest relatives. We'll taste American cheese, and we'll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about salt. Then we'll head into the test kitchen to uncover the secrets to making the best Black Bean Burgers. And of course, we'll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15 a.m. on October 15* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America's PrepareAthon! More information is available at http://www.shakeout.org/california
Ryan Adams joins David Dye on this special episode of the World Cafe. He began his career with the alt-country band Whiskeytown and later formed The Cardinals, but he’s best known for his prolific solo work. The latest is his song-for-song reimagining of Taylor Swift’s extremely popular album, 1989. He’ll explain what inspired this surprising project and spins some of his favorite songs as guest DJ today.
You might remember the jump-rope rhyme “Rich man, poor man beggar man thief, doctor lawyer, indian chief” and regular listeners to Word By Word: Conversations With Writers know that host Gil Mansergh has interviewed writers who who are rich and poor, who beg and steal, heal people, defend people and serve as Chairman of a local Native American tribe.
But Gil has never had a celebrity chef as his guest.
Ashley Monroe joins David Dye on the World Cafe. Before her solo career took off, she came to fame with the Pistol Annies, along with fellow country singers Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. Her new album, The Blade, is her second with famed producer, Vince Gill. She's live in the studio today to perform some of the new music, and Ashley talks about what drives her songwriting.