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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

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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Jack Tempchin February 5, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest next week on Art of the Song is California singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin. Perhaps best known for his collaborative work with the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles, Jack wrote their classic Peaceful Easy Feeling, and co-wrote most of the songs on Glenn’s solo album. He also wrote Slow Dancing (Swayin’ to the Music) which was a top ten hit for Johnny Rivers. Then, hear a clip from our 2012 interview with the late Glenn Frey where he talks about the process of co-writing with Tempchin, and others.


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Wyatt Easterling January 29, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter/producer and record exec Wyatt Easterling. Having grown up in Chapel Hill, NC, Wyatt moved to Nashville and began striving to make his way in the music business. He wrote for various publishers, and in 1990, became head of A&R for Atlantic Records Nashville. Wyatt's career has been full of chart-topping songs including cuts with Dierks Bentley, Joe Diffie, Billy Joe Royal, to name a few. Now he embraces the life of a troubadour, focusing on bringing his music and stories directly to his audience.


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Mindy Dillard January 15, 2017 | 7:00 am

Mindy Dillard is a self-described musical alchemist , she plays clawhammer banjo and guitar to accompany her crystal-clear voice. She is known for her unique storytelling style which blends spoken word and song.


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Annual Holiday Show! January 1, 2017 | 7:00 am

This is our annual Holiday Edition of Art of the Song. This year we feature music contributed entirely by featured artists at our sister site, The Standing 'O' Project.


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Darryl Purpose December 18, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Darryl Purpose. With a storyteller’s heart Darryl has connected with audiences in the top folk venues in the country, including Club Passim, McCabe’s, The Bluebird Cafe, and The Kennedy Center.


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Leon Russell Tribute December 11, 2016 | 7:00 am

We're deeply saddened about the recent passing of Leon Russell's passing. As a tribute we play our 2014 interview with the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer from a tour bus in Roswell, NM,


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Song of America December 4, 2016 | 7:00 am

Former Attorney General Janet Reno passed away on November 7, 2016 at the age of 78. To honor Attorney General Janet Reno’s legacy, we’re proud to re-broadcast our Song of America program. The songs illustrate the struggles and victories of our past, and offer a measure of hope as we look for ways to heal a deeply divided country.


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Jay Farrar November 20, 2016 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song our guest is Jay Farrar. One of the fathers of the alt country movement, he's a veteran of two critically acclaimed groups, Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt. Jay visited with us from the studios or KWMU in St. Louis, MO.


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