Yearly Archives: 2016

Gregory Porter – 7/11/16

    One of the world’s great vocalists, Gregory Porter, joins us this week as our in-studio guest. Known as a jazz vocalist primarily, Gregory has also collaborated with Common, Disclosure, Van Morrison, and other greats from the jazz world like Lizz Wright and Diane Reeves. Gregory Porter and pianist Chip Crawford perform songs from Gregory’s latest

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    Judy Collins & Ari Hest – 7/4/16

      Two great guests, together, are our in-studio guests this week as Judy Collins and Ari Hest play songs from their new album of duets called “Silver Skies Blue.” Folk legend Collins, now 77, teamed with pop rocker Hest, 36, to write and perform brand new duets, a first for both singer-songwriters. Pianist Russ Walden joins

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      The Staves – 6/27/16

        Photo: Graham Tolbert The Staves are our guests this week, playing songs from their two most recent projects, the 2015 album “If I Was” and this year’s EP “Sleeping In A Car.” Both projects were produced with Justin Vernon, and the U.K. trio found a whole new sound in the experience, but Emily, Jessica and

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        Peter Wolf – 6/20/16

          We’re thrilled to welcome back Peter Wolf and his fabulous band (Duke Levine, Kevin Barrie, Marty Ballew and Tom Arie) as our in-studio guests. The front man for The J Geils Band in the 70s and 80s has released his 8th solo album called “A Cure For Loneliness,” and Peter talks about this interesting collection,

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          Brett Dennen @ The Leon Loft – 6/13/16

            Brett Dennen joins us for songs from, and conversation about his new album called “Por Favor”. Always generous with his time and talents, Brett did a live session with us as a fundraiser for a nonprofit camp called North Star Reach (NorthStarReach.org) which is starting its first season in July, providing a camp experience for

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            Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – 6/6/16

              Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop join us in the studio for songs from their first album together called “Love Letter For Fire”. As Iron & Wine, Sam has always written alone, and the same goes for Jesca’s songwriting for the last decade, so this project was an experiment to see what would come of teaming

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              Alejandro Escovedo @ St. Cecilia Music Center – 5/30/16

                Alejandro Escovedo joins us for a live session recorded on May 5th at St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Al will have a new album with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey coming in the fall (2016), but on this week’s show he shares some older songs and great stories to go along with

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                Houndmouth @ The Leon Loft – 5/23/16

                  We’re back at The Leon Loft this week for a live session with Houndmouth on Acoustic Café. With Katie Toupin’s departure just before their session, they added a horn section and a new keyboardist/vocalist and unveiled a new sound for our live audience. Houndmouth played songs from their two releases and a gem from the

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                  Jim Lauderdale – 5/16/16

                    Americana MVP Jim Lauderdale joins us to talk about his latest album, a double CD called “Soul Searching.” Jim, a veteran songwriter and player who’s worked with everyone from Ralph Stanley to Elvis Costello to Lucinda Williams to Buddy Miller, went in search of soul in Tennessee’s two music capitals, Memphis and Nashville. Jim also

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                    Robbie Fulks – 5/9/16

                      This time we welcome back Robbie Fulks as our in-studio guest. We’ve been following Robbie closely since he made his debut in 1996 with the album “Country Love Songs,” right through his new album “Upland Stories.” Discussion of his music, past and present, plus performances of songs from “Upland Stories” make for another great visit

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