Sean Knight

FM Program Director


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.

Join us on Friday, November 6 at 12 pm

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

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.

On this coming week's show we'll hear new music from Pepper Proud out of the Seattle music scene and new music from a trio of women called The Box Car Lilies out of Western Mass in the Pioneer Valley. We also give a listen to Karine Polwart, a Celtic/Gaelic singer/songwriter with new music from Scotland, as well as a classic Irish tune from Pauline Scanlon off of her 2004 release "Red Colour Sun." Then settle in for the progressive sounds of Julia Easterlin doing a brilliant cover of the Pixies' "Break My Body" and new music from Courtney Jaye based in Nashville.

Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent returns to the landscape and soundscape of her youth, the Arkansas Delta. We'll speak with Iris about her musical homecoming, and listen in on an exclusive solo piano performance of her most recent songs. Then we catch up with the Lafayette punk and rockabilly-inflected Cajun band, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, fronted by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, who can count Gordon Gano (of the Violent Femmes) as a collaborator and fan.

Hear American Routes Friday, October 2 at noon.

Here's what you'll be hearing this week on Women in Music: Two Boston-area singer/songwriters (Patty Larkin from her 1995 release Stranger's World and Lori McKenna from the 2004 release, Bitter Town; new music from Americana/roots trio out of Pittsburgh, called The Early Mays, and a classic cover of "Landslide" written by Stevie Nicks performed by Dixie Chicks. Also, new progressive sounds from Canadian singer/songwriter Frazey Ford, and Austin Texas singer/songwriter Erin Ivey and her band The Finest Kind.

Rebecca Roudman and her group Dirty Cello can be described as one of the hardest working bands if their touring schedule -- past and present -- is any indication. What compells them? Who are they?

Hear the band's interview with David Sharp live on KRCB's Crossing Borders Sunday September 20th at 2:00 PM.

Featuring on Beale Street Caravan this week is native son Greg Cartwright's garage-rock juggernaut, The Reigning Sound. For the record, we suggest listening to this week's show at a very high volume.

BSC contributor Jim Spake stops in to continue his series on the sidemen who played rock and roll's original lead instrument. The series is called "Crazy 'Bout A Saxophone."

Here are some links to get help with and/or help for those affected by the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties:

General information directly from CalFire

CalFire fire information line: (707) 967-4207

Or online at

Sonoma County information updates for Valley Fire

Learning is an integral part of human nature. But why do we -- as adults -- assume learning must be taught, tested and reinforced? Why do we put so much effort in making kids think and act like us? In this hour, TED speakers explore the different ways babies and children learn -- from the womb, to the playground, to the web. Sugata Mitra is trying to tackle a big problem: the best schools don't exist where they're needed most. For years, Mitra has given kids in Indian slums self-supervised access to the web. He talks about how the results have changed the way he thinks of teaching.

Rare is the band that can cover themselves. Rarer is the band that would even think of it and rarer still is a band that would return to the conception and re-imagine its first breakthrough record. Stuff Like That There, a fourteen song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Yo La Tengo’s landmark 1990 album, Fakebook.

Watkins Family Hour - an acclaimed musical collective featuring siblings Sara and Sean Watkins along with Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz and Sebastian Steinberg - will release their debut, self-titled album on July 24. Additionally, in celebration of the release, the collective will take their 'variety show of epic proportions' (Los Angeles Times) to cities across the U.S.

Something More Than Free is the follow up to Isbell's 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was the subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR's All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits.

This Tuesday night on Women in Music, we'll hear singer/ songwriter from western Massachusetts Heather Maloney;  Canadian singer/songwriter Annabelle Chvostek, a classic from Lisa Loeb, new music from award- winning vocalist and composer Lisbeth Scott, progressive sounds of Rebekka Karijord out of Sweden, talented NYC guitarist Kaki King, Irish singer/ songwriter Roisin Murphy, and the sounds of Nigerian performer Nneka... and more.

That's all coming up on the next Women In Music, Tuesday, July 14th at 11 pm.

On Sunday, June 14th, Gil Mansergh hosts a special Grateful Dead version of Word By Word Conversations With Writers on North Bay Public Media KRCB-FM. His guest is librarian and cultural historian David Dodd, author of a massive book with the rather long title: The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics: The Collected Lyrics of Robert Hunter and John Barlow, Lyrics to All Original Songs With Selected Traditional and Cover Songs.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 1 pm:  Kasim Sulton. Despite a list of sideman and guest artist  credits as long as your arm—he has worked with  Utopia, Metaloaf, Joan Jett, Hall and Oates,  Cheap Trick, Mick Jagger, Bon Jovie,  Patti Smith, Blue Oyster Cult, and more—Kasim  Sulton is arguably at his most potent when he's  delivering his own music. and that's what  you'll hear on air when Kasim Sulton chats with  Doug Jayne on Tuesday afternoon before his  upcoming performance in San Francisco at the Hotel Utah on June 2.

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Mouthful holds a freewheeling conversation with host Michele Anna Jordan, engineer Mike Young and you! That's right, Mouthful wants you to weigh in with a phone call, a Facebook post or an email with your request, question or opinion. Topics to be explored include newly-released cookbooks, the county's current harvest of fruit and vegetables and a stunning documentary on the wild salmon of North America, along with anything you want to talk about.

Tuesday, May 26 at 11 pm: Hard-hitting Blues veterans Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King feature on Beale Street Caravan this week as they tour the U.S. in support of their new release, Fat Man's Shine Parlor. Beale Street Caravan contributor David Less stops by to continue his series, The Memphis Beat. We'll also reach into the  archives and hear a performance from the late, great, T-Model Ford.

With their third album Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids have evolved their signature sound into its purest essence. Writing on the road, these duo found themselves finishing and editing each other's songs, resulting in a batch of songs where, for the first time in the band's career, friends and family cannot tell who wrote what.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind

Sunday evening, May 10th at 6 pm, Mouthful welcomes Melita Love, founder of Farm to Pantry, and Dani Wilcox, a member of the organization. Farm To Pantry gleans unharvested produce, following a long-honored European tradition that is now at risk locally. Gleaning, what it is and how you can help protect it, on Mouthful, Smart Talk about Food and Farming, with host Michele Anna Jordan.

Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. on KRCB Radio 91

During our KRCB-FM Radio 91 "Spring FUNds Drive" - we have some of the hardest tickets to get: 3-day passes to Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2015! These 3-day general admission passes are SOLD OUT! But - we have 2 pairs! These hard-to-get tickets could be yours - with your donation of $600.00 per pair.