Sunday at 7:00 am

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

Rory Block October 23, 2016 | 7:00 am

Delta blues living legend Rory Block joins us for concerts and conversations.

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Recent episodes

The Kennedys October 16, 2016 | 7:00 am

Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.

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Joshua James October 2, 2016 | 7:00 am

Joshua James is a young Midwestern singer-songwriter who writes hard-bitten songs of family tragedies and sings them in a voice that’s as sun-bleached and wind-battered as a Nebraska cornfield.

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Betty Soo September 25, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Austin, Texas singer/songwriter, BettySoo. During the five years since her last album of original material, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents more than a few times. An insomniac and someone who understands depression from her own life-long struggle, her songs capture moments of grief, loneliness, and loss, contrasted with moments of joy and love.

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Harvest Thieves September 11, 2016 | 7:00 am

Next week on Art of the Song, we delve into the world of Alternative Country with the Austin Texas band, Harvest Thieves. To quote their bio, “Harvest Thieves draw on their blue-collar and back-roads heritage to craft songs that sway from brutish garage-rock swagger to traditional country honesty.” We had the pleasure of sitting down with Cory Reinisch, Dustin Meyer and Annah Fisette in our Albuquerque studio.

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Laurie Lewis September 4, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Laurie Lewis and her sideman partner, Tom Rozum. Laurie Lewis is a songwriter, fiddler, vocalist, teacher and producer. She almost quit music altogether the year she graduated early from Berkeley High School and moved out of the house. After five or six years of classical violin lessons, she was ready to move on to something new, something that wouldn’t ask her to read music.

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Melissa Monforti August 28, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guest on Art of the Song is Colorado singer/songwriter, Melissa Monforti. She started writing songs in 1999 and just recently began recording and blogging about her life as a songwriter. Born on the summer solstice of 1970 in Brooklyn, NY, Melissa grew up in a family of very talented musicians. It took her a while to live into her authentic life as a musician, but she’s living it fully without excuses now.

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Burns Sisters August 21, 2016 | 7:00 am

Art of the Song explore creativity from an Irish-American perspective with Annie and Marie Burns. Having toured the country as back up singers with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Jimmy LaFave, the Burns Sisters have released 6 albums of their own. I was unable to be there for the interview, so our Chief Community Builder, Katie Mitchell sat in. Hear the stories of their upbringing in New York state, and learn about how they explored their Irish roots.

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Meredith Wilder August 14, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guest on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter Meredith Wilder, known affectionately as the Songbird of the Sandias. Meredith is front woman of the popular Albuquerque folk band Wildewood. With a slight darkness and vulnerability in both voice and lyrics you’ll be drawn deep into her compositions.

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Matt Andersen August 7, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guest 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.

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Darryl Purpose July 24, 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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