Oklahoma

This week, we continue our long tradition of featuring great musical artists with Oklahoma roots as we welcome an incredibly gifted Americana artist, John Moreland, to the eTown stage. Also with us is up-and-coming singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Phoebe Hunt. Plus, we’ll hear a great eChievement Award story about a California woman’s program to help women transition from prison to a productive life.

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.

The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a renowned evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who cast aside the idea of hell, and with it everything he'd worked for over his entire life.  

Update: In this show, The United Church of Christ is cited as the only denomination to openly accept gay marriage. Since this show first aired, several more denominations have officially adopted that position.

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.