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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

Walter Parks August 20, 2017 | 7:00 am

Over the past three decades, Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage. His original music is inspired by the swampy gospel blues that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in and around the southeast Georgia low country.


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Recent episodes

Plainsong – Iain Matthews & Andy Roberts August 13, 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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Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky August 6, 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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Joe Crookston July 30, 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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Claudia Schmidt July 23, 2017 | 7:00 am

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present, bring people to expect a relationship between themselves and memories driven deep with the passage of time.


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Seth Glier July 16, 2017 | 7:00 am

Seth Glier is an outspoken advocate for autism awareness and has been a national spokesperson for the organization, Autism Speaks. His song “Love Is A Language” was inspired by his nonverbal autistic brother.


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Darryl Purpose July 9, 2017 | 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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James Lee Stanley July 2, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter/renaissance man JAMES LEE STANLEY. James was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been recording and performing since he was fourteen. He has toured consistently since he returned from the Air Force (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, NICOLETTE LARSON and the late ROBIN WILLIAMS. With over 30 albums to his credit, James Lee Stanley is one of the most prolific artists we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing. We spoke with him in our Albuquerque studios after the release of his LIVE CD, Alive At Last.


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Mindy Dillard June 25, 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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Billy Crockett June 11, 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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Jimmy LaFave Tribute June 11, 2017 | 7:00 am

Beloved Austin, Texas singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave passed away on May 21, 2017, just a couple of days after the music community came together to say goodbye with a tribute concert.


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