Art of the Song

Thursday nights - 11:00 pm

Art of the Song explores universal truths common to all creative expression. We hope you’ll find useful tools and information here to help you explore your own creative process, whether it be music, writing, visual arts, or just living your life as a work of art. We all have a song to sing…

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The guest this week on Art of the Song is renaissance man, Joe Crookston. He is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Joe served as Folk Alliance International’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence, and his songs are being made into films. Joe Crookston is a master storyteller seeking the creative edge. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for well-written songs.  

Best known for his work with the hit-making duo Hall & Oates, John Oates has 6 solo albums to his credit. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s. Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, he was influenced by multiple styles including folk, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime, while also immersing himself in R&B legends. We spoke with John after the release of Arkansas.

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This week on Art of the Song is Ani Cordero, a singer-songwriter-drummer-activist living in NYC. In addition to her performing, Ani is a Latin American music researcher. 

Art of the Song is heard Thursday nights at 11pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Today our guest is Steve Farber. Steve is a speaker, author, leadership guru, and musician. He is the author of 3 books: Radical Leap, Radical Edge and Greater Than Yourself, which illustrate his leadership concept called LEAP – Love, Energy, Audacity and Proof. In collaboration with Art of the Song alums, The Brothers Koren, he recorded an EP of original songs, entitled There’s Not a Dream I Wouldn’t Keep. Steve Farber is one of the very few who preach the practice of LOVE in a business context.

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is California singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin. Perhaps best known for his collaborative work with the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Jack wrote their classic Peaceful Easy Feeling, and co-wrote most of the songs on Glenn’s solo album. He also wrote Slow Dancing (Swayin’ to the Music), which was a top ten hit for Johnny Rivers. In the second half of the show we’ll hear a clip from our 2012 interview with the late Glenn Frey where he talks about the process of co-writing with his friend Jack Tempchin, and others.

We consider it part of our mission at Art of the Song and the Standing O Project to raise awareness of people who are using music in unique ways to change the world. The Brothers Koren, Isaac and Thorald, are such luminaries, using music as a vehicle for personal growth. With a successful career as a band known as The Kin, playing to arenas of 20,000 fans, opening for the likes of Coldplay & Pink, The Brothers Koren now specialize in taking individuals and groups through a process of songwriting and singing as personal transformation with their program The Songwriter’s Journey.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Dean Gitter. Reading the liner notes for Dean’s latest project is a veritable who’s who in American Folk Music. In those tiny pages, we found enough information to keep researching the journey of folk music for months to come. After a career that included managing legends like Odetta, Dean left the folk scene to stretch his wings in other entrepreneurial endeavors. Now, with the release of his album, Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag 2.0, Dean has returned to his roots, and we are the better for it.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Canadian singer/composer Loreena McKennitt. In a career spanning three decades, Loreena’s “eclectic Celtic” music has won critical acclaim worldwide and gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in fifteen countries across four continents.

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Grammy-nominated, Nashville singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters. She’s well known as the writer of the 1995 CMA Song of the Year, 'Independence Day’. We spoke with Gretchen about her 2018 release Dancing with the Beast.

From her bio: “Dancing with the Beast puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women, and intentionally so. With the 2017 Women's March and #MeToo movement as bookends to her writing, Gretchen knew that a feminist perspective would be the critical core of the record.”

This week on Art of the Song our guest is singer-songwriter, John Batdorf. John is a solo artist, and one half of the folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney. He’s also a successful film and television composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is three-time Woody Guthrie Award winning singer/songwriter, KC Clifford. Music has always been a guiding force in KC’s life, and her talent and love of performing on stage revealed itself at an early age. She was two when she first sang in public and composed her first song at age seven. KC Clifford studied opera at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, but found her true voice in folk music while earning a degree in vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is the legendary Canadian-American folk singer, educator and activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Although Buffy’s music today is far from traditional folk, it embodies the anti-war and native rights sentiments that were prevalent in the sixties. Her music was blacklisted by the FBI during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Despite the setback, she persevered with her music and teaching, and found a new venue, the children’s TV show, Sesame Street.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Nashville singer/songwriter Phillip LaRue. Phillip nearly lost his ability to play music after shattering his elbow in an accident. His arm was barely functional, and he endured an extensive recovery period, having to retrain his muscles to play guitar. Phillip LaRue’s commitment to music and being able to play guitar again kept him fighting - and pushed him to fully commit to a career in songwriting. He has since solidified himself as an in-demand songwriter in Nashville.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Dan Navarro. Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick and many more. In the 1990s, Dan recorded and toured with Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit.

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts of Plainsong. Plainsong was a British folk-rock band, formed in early 1972 by Iain Matthews (formerly of Fairport Convention), Andy Roberts and 2 others. The original group split up before the end of that same year. Some eighteen years later, Andy encountered Iain when he was performing in a pub in Brighton, and the two decided to revive Plainsong. In 2014 they recorded some songs of Richard Farina, to mark the approaching 50th anniversary of his death.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Colorado singer/songwriter Darryl Purpose. After a time studying guitar, he went to Las Vegas as a teenager and began a career as a professional card player. He was soon known as the world’s fastest card counter. Banned from casinos on six continents, he still calls this the “only real job he’s ever had.” In 1996, Darryl began to tour nationally as a solo singer/songwriter. Eight years, six CDs and a thousand shows later, he was headlining the top folk venues and festivals across North America.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is musician, composer, author and philanthropist, Peter Buffett. With an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years, Peter is an Emmy Award winner, and New York Times best-selling author. He is the youngest son of investor Warren Buffett. Along with his wife, Jennifer, Peter is the co-chairman of the NoVo Foundation supporting the development of capacities in people to help create a caring and balanced world.

Guests this week on Art of the Song are Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky. They’ve collaborated their vocal and songwriting talents to create Liv On, a collection of songs for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope. This inspiring project grew out of the three artists’ personal experiences with loss and illness, which they all survived to Liv On and celebrate each day with a depth of gratitude.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter Seth Glier. The Massachusetts native attended Berklee College of Music for a year before dropping out to tour full-time. Since then, he’s averaged over 200 shows a year, and shared stages with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, and Ani DiFranco. He has appeared as a mainstage performer at Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festivals. Seth Glier is an outspoken advocate for autism awareness and has been a national spokesperson for the organization, Autism Speaks.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is renaissance man, Joe Crookston. He is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Joe served as Folk Alliance International’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence, and his songs are being made into films. Joe Crookston is a master storyteller seeking the creative edge. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for well-written songs.  

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is pop/folk singer/songwriter Kina Grannis.  Kina first rose to fame by winning the Doritos Superbowl songwriting contest in 2008.  Since then, her YouTube videos have received more than 99 million views and have propelled her to become one of YouTube's most popular artists.  Her recent music reflects a maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life.  The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful.

 

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is California singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin. Perhaps best known for his collaborative work with the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Jack wrote their classic Peaceful Easy Feeling, and co-wrote most of the songs on Glenn’s solo album. He also wrote Slow Dancing (Swayin’ to the Music) which was a top ten hit for Johnny Rivers. In the second half of the show we’ll hear a clip from our 2012 interview with the late Glenn Frey where he talks about the process of co-writing with his friend Jack Tempchin, and others.