Mavis Staples

This week, eTown is back at Denver’s historic Paramount Theater for part two of our special broadcast featuring music and Civil Rights legend Mavis Staples, and one of America’s most independent female artists Ani DiFranco. We’ll pick up where we left off last week, with more great music and conversation with Mavis and Ani, plus a show-closing finale that’s sure to bend a few ears. Make sure to tune in!

It’s Pt. 1 of a special encore broadcast this week as we revisit our show at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Denver from last year featuring two female artists that embody what it means to be strong and independent – the legendary Mavis Staples and singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco. Along with lots of great music and conversation with the artists, we will check in with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and present the Lifetime eChievement Award honor to Mavis Staples for her decades of inspiration and contributions to the Civil Rights movement. 

This week on Folk Alley, in honor of Women's History Month, it's an encore broadcast of a show first heard in August 2017 featuring songs by artists who made NPR Music's 'Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women' list. We spotlight our favorite folk, roots, and Americana artists who made the cut including: The Roches, Iris DeMent, Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Cassandra Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Bobbie Gentry, and much more.

How Many Roads: Bob Dylan’s Back Pages Volume II In this second edition of "How Many Roads?" Bob Dylan's Back Pages, we'll rejoin the great American wordsmith by listening to his work from the last 25 years. We won't forget the historic and ancient roots of his modern sounds, from the Old Testament to the Civil Rights movement. We'll hear from collaborators and friends, Mavis Staples and Joan Baez, and from Kris Kristofferson who overheard Dylan's recording sessions while working as a custodian in Nashville.

In HOUR ONE of Folk Alley, new music from Ben Sollee, Jason Wilber, David Rawlings, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer; we'll feature songs to help heal the divide with Martin Sexton, Mavis Staples, North Mississippi Allstars; an exclusive in-studio session from the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival with Texas songwriter - Robert Ellis; plus favorites from Red Horse, The Sparrow Quartet, The Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, and many more.

Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy tells of the impact on his songs of growing up in the blue-collar town, Belleville, Illinois.  Music became his creative outlet in high school and lead to founding the seminal Americana band, Uncle Tupelo. We hear from Jeff in his Chicago studio "The Loft" about the emergence of Wilco and the place that making music has in his life, including work with Woody Guthrie’s lyrics and producing records with Mavis Staples. 

Guilty Pleasures:  Music We Love More Than We Can Say. We take a deep dive into the memory vaults to spin the tunes that we shamelessly love. From guilty pleasures, including a disco dance number, to confessional ballads like James Carr’s “Dark End of the Street” and songs of redemption ala Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny,” we shine a light on our heart’s true delights. Plus, we explore social protest anthems including Mavis Staples' "Long Walk to D.C.," Simon & Garfunkel's "Richard Cory," and a standout R & B version of Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer" sung by Shreveport's Toussaint McCall.

 In this second edition of How Many Roads? Bob Dylan's Back Pages, we'll rejoin the great American wordsmith by listening to his work from the last 25 years. We won't forget the historic and ancient roots of his modern sounds, from the Old Testament to the Civil Rights movement. We'll hear from collaborators and friends, Mavis Staples and Joan Baez, and from Kris Kristofferson who overheard Dylan's recording sessions while working as a custodian in Nashville.

For the week of March 24, 2015:

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