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.
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.
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, BenmontTench, 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.
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.
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.
Conversations With Writers is one of the show's signature round-table discussions where four guests share microphones, and host Gil Mansergh tries to make sure listeners know whose voice is filling the airwaves.
I Can't Imagine is the 13th album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. I Can't Imagine is Shelby's first for Rounder Records. Perhaps the most beautifully crafted and intensely affecting set of songs since her landmark I Am Shelby Lynne in 2000, I Can't Imagine is powered by Lynne's lustrous vocal performance, indelible, illuminative songwriting, and the sympathetic, versatile playing of her top-flight band. Shelby's career began in 1989 when she released her debut album for the country market.
This Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful explores the world of Sonoma County wool, including the upcoming Second Annual Wool Festival, taking place May 16 and 17. Among the evening's special guests are the founders of Haverton Hill Creamery, producers of the country's first sheep milk, sheep milk butter and sheep milk ice cream.
It's all about local wool and sheep on Mouthful, with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB Radio 91.
Sunday at 6 p.m., Mouthful tackles the complicated issue of fluoride in our water system, with four special guests: David Little of Little Organic Farm; Scott Goyne of Henhouse Brewing; Michael Girout of Alvarado Street Bakery and Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh, director of Clean Water Sonoma Marin.
That's this Sunday evening at a new time, 6 p.m., on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming in the North Bay and Beyond, with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB FM Radio 91.
Internationally beloved bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith calls his hour-long chat with Word By Word host Gil Mansergh "something quite extraordinary...a real conversation." The creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has over 100 titles in print. A fabled raconteur, McCall-Smith shares anecdotes and advice for other writers while reading selected passages from his latest challenge— the updating of a classic Jane Austen novel in Emma: A Modern Retelling.
Memphis is a tough crowd. It's a rare thing for a band to roll into town and knock our socks off because Memphians have kind of seen it all. But St. Paul and The Broken Bones aren't just any band. Listen to them set the crowd on fire in an electrifying set at the Levitt Shell on Beale Street Caravan this week. Also, Beale Street Caravan contributor Eddie Hankins checks in with us and continues his insightful series, "American Studios: Memphis' Hit Factory."
Tune in for Curtain Call at its new time, Sunday morning at 10, when your host, Charles Sepos, chats first with art collector and philanthropist, Jordan Schnitzer. They talk about the exhibition “Andy Warhol to Kara Walker: Picturing the Iconic,” opening April 10th at the newly expanded Art Museum of Sonoma County.
Tune in to A Novel Idea, this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT -
John C. Hampsey’s boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill standsout as a personal reflection that reads like a good novel.The story is set in the mid-sixties during that marked transition in urban landscapes and in race and culture. John’s voice is unique and compelling and he joins Suzanne Lang in conversation this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT. John’s engaged in a book tour around the country; find out more at www.johnchampsey.com .