Now one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the business, Kathleen Edwards released her second album, Back to Me, just months before this Mountain Stage performance in West Virginia in June 2005.
The Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival is featured on this week's show. Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle welcome Betty Druckenmiller and Norm Williams, who share information about the festival's workshops, ranging from dulcimer and mandolin to old time fiddle and autoharp, taught by 15 different artists who will also perform during the evening concerts. This year's special guest is Ken Kolodner who, with his son Brad, will be teaching banjo master clinics as well as performing. The Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival will be held on Sunday, July 29 in Blandon, PA.
Welcome to the new modern. L.A. musician Nick Waterhouse and his band The Tarots are young revivalists who offer a contemporary spin on classic sounds. Waterhouse comes from a world of "record people" and grew up just down the road from The Distillery (an all-analog Costa Mesa recording studio which houses the old console from Muscle Shoals), so he was afforded the privilege of seeing how the music-making process used to work. Working in precise detail, he crafts and refines a sharp modern-vintage sound throughout his first album, Time's All Gone.
The blues may come in myriad shapes and sizes, but on the eve of 2012's South By Southwest music festival, it took the form of two sisters from Los Angeles: Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, who make up the core of Bleached. A rough-and-tumble garage-rock band, Bleached is one of many young punk-infused acts playing three-minute, three-chord bashers with sneering, unraveled immediacy. When played on stage, the band's music takes on a messy-but-fun live-wire buoyancy.
Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:05 am
It just so happens that Elton John and Rufus Wainwright were both at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. today. Rufus played a Tiny Desk Concert for us (on an upright piano that fit perfectly behind the desk) and Elton was here for an interview on Talk Of The Nation. If only they had crossed paths! So we sent a note out on Twitter (@allsongs): If we could have gotten them together in the same room, what would have been the perfect duet?
Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:06 am
Archie Powell has been surrounded by music since he was little: His father was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Powell himself picked up the guitar at 11, so songwriting became a natural next step for the music prodigy. He joined up with his band The Exports — brothers Ryan, Adam and RJ Export play keyboards, bass and drums, respectively — soon after college. By 2010, the Chicago-based power-pop band was ready with its first full-length studio album, Skip Work.
Petra Anderson is a gifted 22-year-old composer and violinist who was critically injured in the movie theater shootings last Friday in Aurora, Colo. She was shot four times. Three shotgun pellets landed in her arm and a fourth nearly killed her.