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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,

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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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Rebecca Loebe June 4, 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 May 28, 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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Diana Krall May 21, 2017 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song we feature one of the world's most beloved voices, Diana Krall. A jazz musician who achieved crossover success with her unique blend of bop piano and soulful, sultry vocals. With multiple awards and over 6 million albums sold, Diana is fearless in her creative expression. She talks this week about taking risks, passion and her latest project Wallflower, where she shares her interpretation of some of her favorite songs from her high schools days.


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Peter Buffet May 14, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest next week on Art of the Song is musician, composer, author and philanthropist, Peter Buffett. Along with his wife, Jennifer, Peter is the co-chairman of the NoVo Foundation supporting the development of capacities in people to help create a caring and balanced world. They envision a world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation. We spoke with Peter after the release of his CD, Songs in the Current.


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Jonathan Edwards May 7, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter, actor, and harmonica player, Jonathan Edwards. Perhaps best known for his 1971 hit song, Sunshine (Go Away Today), Jonathan has released 15 albums to date. We had the pleasure of visiting with him in his home studio in Maine. In the second half of the show, we’ll hear from improvisational guitarist, John McLaughlin as he talks about authenticity and being in the moment for the Creativity Corner.


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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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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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