Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 2:21 pm
On June 9, 2013, Kenny Barron turned 70 — and he was celebrated in style. The pianist, composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master has booked a week-long residency with his quartet at the Village Vanguard in New York and a live WBGO/NPR webcast on June 5.
The Indiana folk-rock band Houndmouth makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. Houndmouth surprised many of its fans by signing with the London-based Rough Trade label — home of The Smiths, The Buzzcocks and The Strokes.
All four band members share lead vocal duties, with keyboard player Katie Toupin bringing her own measure of rock 'n' roll glamour to play against the earthy Americana presentation of bassist Zak Appleby, drummer Shane Cody and guitarist Matt Myers.
I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Now, a lot of people think they're divas, but Audra McDonald has actually earned the title. She's graced Broadway theaters for more than 15 years, and she has won a stunning five Tony awards, her most recent last year for her role in the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess." But the Broadway stage isn't big enough to contain her talent. She's filled concert halls around the country and the world, dazzling audiences with her soaring voice.
Petula Clark's new album, Lost In You, is her first since 2004. The 80-year-old actress, singer and entertainer launched her career in film and on the radio; she even entertained the troops in WWII, and was later known for her worldwide hit "Downtown."
A tween homeschooled by her veterinarian parents who wants to be a singer. A husband-wife duo taken with psychedelia, swinging, no-budget horror movies and the teachings of guru Sai Baba. A New Jersey truck driver who hoped Waylon Jennings would sing his songs. A Dallas musician who looks like a cross between Miles Davis and your high school chemistry professor. A scrawny Minnesotan Ph.D. student with a Barry White-deep baritone.