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Art of the Song

Art of the Song is a one-hour, independently-produced radio show with music and interviews exploring inspiration and creativity through songwriting and other art forms.

The program is heard on over 160 stations worldwide. Learn why songwriters and artists
create, how they become inspired, and how you can tap into that creative source in
every aspect of your life. Art of the Song is not just for songwriters and musicians, as it
explores universal truths common to all creative expression. We talk with writers of folk
and roots music as well as novelists and visual artists.Our mission is to inspire listeners
to find and express their unique creative voices, and to connect and grow the worldwide
community of creative people.The show is hosted by performing songwriting duo John &
Viv and originates in the Creative Heart of the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque, New Mexico,

Upcoming episodes

Plainsong – Iain Matthews & Andy Roberts April 30, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts of Plainsong. Plainsong was a British folk-rock band, formed in early 1972 by Iain Matthews (formerly of Fairport Convention), Andy Roberts and 2 others. The original group split up before the end of that same year. Some eighteen years later, Andy encountered Iain when he was performing in a pub in Brighton, and the two decided to revive Plainsong. In 2014 they recorded some songs of Richard Farina, to mark the approaching 50th anniversary of his death. The result was Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Farina. We spoke with Iain and Andy in front of a live audience at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.


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Recent episodes

Ryan Tedder April 23, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter/producer . Billboard Magazine has dubbed him “The Undercover King of Pop.” He is a six-time Grammy nominee, winning in 2012 for his production work on Adele’s One. His singles and albums have sold millions worldwide. Ryan has written or produced some of the best selling singles of all time including Beyoncé’s “Halo” and OneRepublic’s own "Apologize” - briefly the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of the Mainstream Top 40 chart.


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Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky April 16, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky. They’ve collaborated their vocal and songwriting talents to create Liv On, a collection of songs for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope. It’s the hope that this music can uplift hearts burdened by grief while at the same time bring comfort to the listener.


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Handsome Family April 9, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Brett and Rennie Sparks, together known as the Handsome Family.


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Seth Glier April 2, 2017 | 7:00 am

Since he dropped out of college, Seth Glier has averaged over 200 shows a year, and shared stages with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe, Edwin McCain and Ani DiFranco. He has been compared to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.


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Joe Crookston March 26, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is renaissance man, Joe Crookston. He is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.


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Beth Hart March 12, 2017 | 7:00 am

Beth is a rising star, collaborator with guitar legend, Joe Bonamassa, and performer to sold out audiences across the US and Europe. This episode goes to the depth of her soul, revealing past pain, family issues and personal demons as well as her coming to grips with them and using that knowledge to find the real beauty in her life.


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Lauren Adams March 5, 2017 | 7:00 am

“You don’t have to be perfect,” Adams sang in “Perfect Right Now,” from her 2001 Thirsty CD. (That’s a lyric the fan tattoo’ed onto her foot.) With Somewhere Else, Adams again brings us stories from her viewpoint of this imperfect world. She’s mature enough to embrace the imperfections and she’s artist enough to know how to turn them into great songs and engaging performances.


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Kina Grannis February 26, 2017 | 7:00 am

Kina Grannis' recent music reflects a maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life. The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful. We visited with Kina after the release of her collection of live cover songs… The Living Room Sessions, Volume 2.


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Billy Crockett February 19, 2017 | 7:00 am

Crockett is also a music producer and the creative director of Blue Rock Studio in the Texas hill country. He has recorded twelve solo albums and toured internationally. Billy is a multi-instrumentalist and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis, Beth Wood, RJ Cowdery, Darryl Purpose, and others.


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Rebecca Loebe February 12, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Rebecca Loebe. Since quitting her job as an audio engineer, Rebecca has received numerous songwriting accolades including the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award. With her home base in Austin, Texas, she tours the the US and Europe with 150 to 200 dates per year.


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