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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

Zuni Mountain Boys April 22, 2018 | 7:00 am

The Zuni Mountain Boys are an Americana duo based out of Brooklyn, NY. Connor McGinnis and Matt Campbell formed the group in early 2014 and their sound consists predominantly of two acoustic guitars with two part harmonies.

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Recent episodes

Lance Canales April 15, 2018 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song our guest is singer-songwriter-blues-artist, Lance Canales. Lance was born and raised in the southern foothills of California's Central Valley where he literally lived the life so many folk and blues artists have written songs about: hard labor, one room shacks, and taunting ghosts whispering of a better life.

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Rickie Byars Beckwith April 8, 2018 | 7:00 am

Rickie Byars Beckwith is the Music & Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center where for 29 years she has directed the incomparable Agape International Choir. Her transcendent spiritually charged music deeply touches the hearts of all she encounters through her solo concerts, charitable benefit concerts, women’s retreats, workshops, music festivals and speaking appearances. She has produced nine solo albums, one of which accompanies a colorful mini-memoir titled: Let My Soul Surrender.

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Plainsong – Iain Matthews & Andy Roberts March 18, 2018 | 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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Birds of Chicago March 11, 2018 | 7:00 am

Birds of Chicago is a full tilt revival - streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the gut.

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Grant Peeples February 25, 2018 | 7:00 am

Folk/Roots artist Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes as well as Roger Miller type humor and heart gigging ballads.

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Dean Gitter February 18, 2018 | 7:00 am

After a career that included managing legends like Odetta, Dean left the folk scene to stretch his wings in other entrepreneurial endeavors. Now, with the release of his album Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag 2.0 Dean has returned to his roots, and we are the better for it.

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Butch Hancock February 4, 2018 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week is Butch Hancock. A world traveling troubadour with a long string of recorded songs, Butch is acknowledged by his peers and critics alike, as one of the premiere singer-songwriters Texas has ever produced.

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Ani Cordero January 28, 2018 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Ani Cordero, a singer-songwriter-drummer-activist living in NYC. In addition to her performing, Ani is a passionate Latin American music researcher. Ani's second CD Querido Mundo was released in early 2017. The album is her love letter to a complicated world and addresses several themes including immigration, Black Lives Matter, Feminism, and government corruption.

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Evie Ladin and Deep Insights of the Buddha January 21, 2018 | 7:00 am

Evie Ladin is our guest this week on Art of the Song. Evie is a banjo player, step-dancer, singer, songwriter and square-dance caller with a lifetime of experience in traditional American cultural arts. In the second half of the show for the Creativity Corner, we’ll hear from Thomas Bien, PhD, psychologist and author, with an essay entitled, Deep Insights Of The Buddha Part 2

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My Darling Clementine January 14, 2018 | 7:00 am

This week, UK band My Darling Clementine is the featured artist.

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