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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

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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Recent episodes

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

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


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Jono Manson January 7, 2018 | 7:00 am

Musician, songwriter, producer, actor, performer, recording artist, audio engineer, teacher, troubadour and Santa Fe resident Jono Manson sat down with Art of the Song in our Albuquerque studios to talk about his latest projects and what's it's like to have a life immersed in creativity.


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Holiday Show! December 31, 2017 | 7:00 am

This is the 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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John Batdorf December 24, 2017 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song our guest is singer-songwriter, John Batdorf. He’s a successful singer-songwriter, film and television composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community. His latest CD, Next Stop, Willoughby, is a collection of ten original songs starting off with the title song “Willoughby” having been inspired by an episode of the Twilight Zone. We spoke with John Batdorf in front of a live audience in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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DAVID FRANCEY December 17, 2017 | 7:00 am

Art of the Song visits with award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, David Francey.


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Mark Erelli December 10, 2017 | 7:00 am

Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival.


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Vienna Teng December 3, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Vienna Teng. A native Californian, Vienna began playing classical piano at age 5. While pursuing a degree in computer science at Stanford, she joined a student-run a cappella group. She began recording her compositions and eventually released in her début album, Waking Hour. After graduating in 2000, Vienna worked as a software engineer at Cisco Systems, but she continued to write music and perform in her free time.


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Lance Canales November 19, 2017 | 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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Leon Russell Tribute November 12, 2017 | 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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Benmont Tench November 5, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Benmont Tench. You may not have heard of him, but chances are, you have heard him. He’s best known as the keyboard player and founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. As a sought-after session musician, he’s played on tracks by artists as varied as Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, and the Rolling Stones.


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