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,

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Darrell Scott July 27, 2014 | 7:00 am

We feature American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott
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George and Led July 20, 2014 | 7:00 am

This week George Kahumoku, Jr. and Ledward Ka’apana
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David Broza July 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

This week Art of the Song feature Israeli singer-songwriter and activist David Broza
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Awna Teixeira July 6, 2014 | 7:00 am

Po' Girl's Awna Teixeira
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Hayley Reardon June 29, 2014 | 7:00 am

In this weeks episode hear from Hayley Reardon, a shy, quiet girl from Marblehead.
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Hillel Tigay June 22, 2014 | 7:00 am

How might the spirit of devotional prayer have felt in the Jerusalem Temple during the lifetime of Christ? Hillel Tigay may have an idea.
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Freebo June 15, 2014 | 7:00 am

Come Listen to guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer Freebo (Daniel Friedberg)
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Shannon McNally June 8, 2014 | 7:00 am

On this weeks episode singer-songwriter Shannon McNally is the featured artist.
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Benmont Tench June 1, 2014 | 7:00 am

We feature American keyboardist and founding member of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Benmont Tench.
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Dido May 25, 2014 | 7:00 am

UK singer-songwriter Dido is the featured artist this week.
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Leon Russell May 18, 2014 | 7:00 am

Oklahoma-born singer and songwriter Leon Russell is the featured artist.
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Hungrytown May 11, 2014 | 7:00 am

We present husband-wife roots band Hungrytown.
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Jesse Winchester — In Memoriam May 4, 2014 | 7:00 am

We have a special schedule preemption this week, as Art of the Song pays tribute to American musician and songwriter Jesse Winchester, who died April 11, 2014.
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My Darling Clementine April 27, 2014 | 7:00 am

This week, UK band My Darling Clementine is the featured artist.
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Andy Byrd April 20, 2014 | 7:00 am

futuristic songwriter and Grammy-winning producer Andy Byrd is featured.
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Loreena McKennitt April 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

On this installment, acclaimed Canadian musician Loreena McKennitt is the featured artist.
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Bob Livingston April 6, 2014 | 7:00 am

Singer/songwriter and founding member of The Lost Gonzo Band, Bob Livingston, is the featured artist.
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Amy Grant March 30, 2014 | 7:00 am

This installment of Art of the Song features interviews and music from American singer/songwriter Amy Grant, often called "The Queen of Christian Pop".
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Butch Hancock March 23, 2014 | 7:00 am

This week's featured guest is country/folk artist Butch Hancock, member of The Flatlanders along with Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
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Rosanne Cash March 16, 2014 | 7:00 am

We present the music and insights of legendary performer Rosanne Cash.
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Vienna Teng March 9, 2014 | 7:00 am

Taiwanese-American pianist and singer-songwriter Vienna Teng is the featured performer.
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Bryan Ferry March 2, 2014 | 7:00 am

This week's artist on Art of the Song is English singer, musician and songwriter Bryan Ferry.
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Boris McCutcheon February 23, 2014 | 7:00 am

Folk and roots-music artist/songwriter Boris McCutcheon is the featured guest.
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SONiA of Disappear Fear February 16, 2014 | 7:00 am

Baltimore indie singer SONiA of pop/folk band Disappear Fear is the featured artist.
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Darryl Purpose February 9, 2014 | 7:00 am

American singer/songwriter Darryl Purpose is the featured artist.
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Sarah Gillespie February 2, 2014 | 7:00 am

British-American singer/songwriter Sarah Gillespie is highlighted.
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Alan Doyle January 26, 2014 | 7:00 am

Canadian musician Alan Doyle (best known for his work with band Great Big Sea) is highlighted this morning.
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Tony Joe White January 19, 2014 | 7:00 am

Celebrate your Sunday by hearing songs and interviews with singer-songwriter and guitarist Tony Joe White, who is highlighted.
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Vusi Mahlasela January 12, 2014 | 7:00 am

On this installment of Art of the Song, African singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlesela is the featured artist.
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Mike + Ruthy January 5, 2014 | 7:00 am

Acoustic indie roots duo Mike + Ruthy are featured this week.
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Jay Farrar December 15, 2013 | 7:00 am

Musician and former Uncle Tupelo frontman Jay Farrar is featured.
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Shannon McNally December 8, 2013 | 7:00 am

American singer-songwriter Shannon McNally is featured.
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Ali Eskandarian (In Memoriam) December 1, 2013 | 7:00 am

Today on Art of the Song, we celebrate the life of singer-musician Ali Eskandarian, who passed away last week
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Vance Gilbert November 24, 2013 | 7:00 am

Folk singer-songwriter Vance Gilbert is the featured performer.
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Jon Herington November 17, 2013 | 7:00 am

This morning on Art of the Song, the inimitable, incredible musician Jon Herington is the featured artist.
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Blue Sky Riders November 10, 2013 | 7:00 am

Kenny Loggins' group Blue Sky Riders is highlighted.
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Michael Mandrell November 3, 2013 | 7:00 am

Guitarist Michael Mandrell is the featured musician.
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Joshua James October 27, 2013 | 7:00 am

Joshua James is an American rock and folk musician currently based out of Provo, Utah and Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Tony Furtado October 20, 2013 | 7:00 am

Musical artist Tony Furtado is the featured performer this morning.
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Rondi Charleston October 13, 2013 | 7:00 am

This morning on Art of the Song, we celebrate the music of Rondi Charleston.
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Todd Tijerina October 6, 2013 | 7:00 am

Guitarist Todd Tijerina is profiled this morning.
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Evie Ladin September 29, 2013 | 7:00 am

Folk rock artist Evie Ladin is featured this morning.
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David Francey September 22, 2013 | 7:00 am

Today we hear from folk singer/songwriter David Francey.
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The Kennedys September 15, 2013 | 7:00 am

American rock duo The Kennedys take over Art of the Song this morning.
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Amy Grant September 8, 2013 | 7:00 am

Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, media personality and actress, best known for performing Christian music. She has been referred to as “The Queen of Christian Pop”.[1][2] As of 2009, Grant remains the best-selling contemporary Christian music singer ever,[citation needed] having sold over 30 million units worldwide.
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Celtic Thunder September 1, 2013 | 7:00 am

Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder are highlighted.
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Herbert Groenemeyer August 25, 2013 | 7:00 am

On today's episode of Art of the Song, German artist Herbert Groenemeyer is the highlighted artist this morning.
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Dido August 18, 2013 | 7:00 am

British singer-songwriter Dido is highlighted today.
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Sarah McQuaid August 11, 2013 | 7:00 am

Today on the show, singer Sarah McQuaid is profiled.
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Alan Doyle August 4, 2013 | 7:00 am

On this week's installment of Art of the Song, musician Alan Doyle is the featured artist.
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Rebecca Martin July 28, 2013 | 7:00 am

Jazz artist Rebecca Martin is featured.
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My Darling Clementine July 21, 2013 | 7:00 am

On today's Art of the Song, British Americana band My Darling Clementine is the featured artist of the week.
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Jay Farrar July 14, 2013 | 7:00 am

Today on Art of the Song, musician Jay Farrar is featured.
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Acoustic Eidolon July 7, 2013 | 7:00 am

This week's Art of the Song features Acoustic Eidolon, a world music duo consisting of Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire.
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Bryan Ferry June 23, 2013 | 7:00 am

This morning on Art of the Song, legendary British rocker Bryan Ferry (formerly of Roxy Music) is featured on the show with jazz stylings courtesy of his newest lineup, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
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Hillel Tigay June 16, 2013 | 7:00 am

Art of the Song is pleased to feature progressive Los Angeles cantor Hillel Tigay on today's show.
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Sid Selvidge Tribute Show June 9, 2013 | 7:00 am

This very special installment of Art of the Song will pay tribute to the late Sid Selvidge, the Memphis visionary folk rock star who passed away after a long battle with cancer on May 2nd.
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Blue Sky Riders June 2, 2013 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is new collaboration Blue Sky Riders.
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Bill Staines on this week’s show! May 26, 2013 | 7:00 am

This week's installment of Art of the Song features folk artist Bill Staines.
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Tom Paxton features this week! May 19, 2013 | 7:00 am

On the current edition of Art of the Song, we welcome the legendary Tom Paxton to the show!
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Simon Spire on this week’s program! May 12, 2013 | 7:00 am

This week's installment of Art of the Song features singer-songwriter Simon Spire.
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Jon Herington this week! May 5, 2013 | 7:00 am

On this week's Art of the Song, we are proud to feature guitarist Jon Herington on the show.
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A Visit with Susan Werner April 28, 2013 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song, the contemporary folk artist, singer-songwriter Susan Werner will be featured.
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Interview with Tony Furtado April 21, 2013 | 7:00 am

This week, Art of the Song is pleased to host Tony Furtado, an American banjo player, slide guitar player and singer/songwriter of Portuguese and Italian heritage who was born in Oakland, California.
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A Chat with Freebo April 14, 2013 | 7:00 am

On this week's edition of Art of the Song, we visit with Freebo, a bass and tuba player, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer noted primarily for his work with Bonnie Raitt
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Interview with Rondi Charleston April 7, 2013 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song, we visit with Rondi Charleston, a Juilliard-educated jazz vocalist and songwriter (in collaboration with Lynne Arriale) with four albums to her credit.
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The Kennedys March 31, 2013 | 7:00 am

Art of the Song is excited to have The Kennedys on this week's program. The Kennedys are an American folk-rock band, consisting of husband and wife Pete and Maura Kennedy.
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Bettman & Halpin March 24, 2013 | 7:00 am

On this week's program, Art of the Song is pleased to host Bettman & Halpin, a duo who are fast earning a reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals.
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Ben Taylor March 17, 2013 | 7:00 am

Ben Taylor on Art of the Song
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Joan Osborne March 10, 2013 | 7:00 am

“I knew when the time was right and my voice was ready, I wanted to make a recording like this one,” says Joan Osborne.
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Rickie Byars Beckwith March 3, 2013 | 7:00 am

Rickie Byars Beckwith is one of the 21st century’s most revered singer-songwriters whose transcendent music opens the heart, touches the soul, and uplifts the spiri
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John Fulbright February 10, 2013 | 7:00 am

John Fullbright burst upon the Southwest music scene in 2009 with a stellar live album recorded at the Blue Door, the legendary venue in Oklahoma City. From his home in Okemah, Oklahoma—also the hometown of Woody Guthrie—Fullbright had already honed his songwriting and playing skills to a degree that he was a favorite at festival campgrounds before he was even out of high school.
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Joshua James February 3, 2013 | 7:00 am

Raised in hard-bitten Nebraska, Joshua James’ work reflects a distinctly American ache, a yearning for a big sky and an open road. Beckoned westward out of his heartland home by the voices of Jim Morrison and Isaac Brock, he made it as far as the mountains of Utah, where like the settlers before him, he was stopped in his tracks by the arresting beauty. Here, where the mountains pierce the heavens, some believe a conduit is open between man and the divine.
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Kim & Reggie Harris January 27, 2013 | 7:00 am

Kim and Reggie Harris are two vibrant, superbly talented and engaging performers whose captivating stage presence has inspired audiences around the world for over 25 years.

As singers, songwriters, storytellers, educators, historical interpreters and cultural advocates, they have used their remarkable voices and their unique talents to bring new insights to the entertainment and educational spectrum.

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Sara Hickman January 20, 2013 | 7:00 am

Sara Hickman, the offical state musician of Texas shares her craft with Viv and John. Click 'Read More' to get her whole story.
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Guy Clark January 13, 2013 | 7:00 am

A re-broadcast of the very first national broadcast of Art of the Song back in 2005. This is the first time on KKFI and features songwriting master, Guy Clark
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Janis Ian January 6, 2013 | 7:00 am

The Legendary singer-songwriter, famous for Society's Child, and At Seventeen.
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Sarah McQuaid December 23, 2012 | 7:00 am

Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”
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A Tribute to Utah Phillips December 16, 2012 | 7:00 am

A Tribute to the late great Utah Phillips, organizer, activist, singer-songwrite
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Daniel Boling December 9, 2012 | 7:00 am

Daniel Boling is a songwriter with a storyteller's ear for detail and a balladeer’s turn of phrase. His songs are inhabited by interesting characters drawn from Daniel's life, family and friends: the vagabond running off with a tiny circus to tour the West; an aging Viet Nam veteran looking back with surprise at his departed youth; a young rancher inheriting his grandfather's nearly worn out rangeland and hoping he can hold on and live up to the family legacy; a passenger on Flight 93 calling his wife to say goodbye; and morons with a death wish proving Darwin’s theory of evolution! His finger-picked guitar and banjitar support a good, clear tenor voice that evokes his characters' emotions perfectly.
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Keith Harkin December 2, 2012 | 7:00 am

As a lead singer and a songwriter for the vocal group phenomenon Celtic Thunder, Harkin has already scaled heights that few performers ever see: the Irish powerhouse has sold millions of albums and DVDs, performed at the White House, and was named Top World MusicArtist by Billboard. But Harkin—a native of County Derry in Northern Ireland who began his performing career at the age of four—started out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter, and with his self-titled debut solo album, he reveals an emotional range and eclectic sensibility that will surprise even the group’s most die-hard fans.
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Doug & Telisha Williams November 25, 2012 | 7:00 am

Dead right, honest songwriting delivered in a hauntingly beautiful yet gritty, neo-traditional Americana wrapper. Doug and Telisha write songs about a place where old time religion, superstition, run down bars, gravel parking lots and boarded up factories all mingle together. On stage they have a stunning charisma that can transform a raucous bar into a quiet listening room, with even the most jaded hipsters waiting for the next line before ordering another PBR, then launch right into a blistering rocker that will have everyone clapping and singing along. Quick wit and fearless delivery make every show original and personal.
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Donald Fagen November 18, 2012 | 7:00 am

Donald Fagen, half of the legendary Steely Dan is the featured guest this week on Art of the Song!
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Mike & Ruthy November 11, 2012 | 7:00 am

As a duo Mike + Ruthy have refined their sound down to the very core of acoustic American music, demonstrating an uncommon ability to create songs as lyrically sophisticated as Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen and as harmonically beautiful as Gillian Welch & David Rawlings or Simon & Garfunkel. With their arsenal of fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and their hallmark harmony singing, a Mike + Ruthy concert is overstuffed with soulful songs and stories and a timeless sound that is spellbinding and pure.
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Darrell Scott November 4, 2012 | 7:00 am

Darrell Scott does the theme for Art of the Song. Click Read More to read his amazing array of credits.
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David Berkley October 28, 2012 | 7:00 am

David Berkeley is a romantic realist, known for his ability to look at the human condition in all its complexity and give us luminous songs full of sunshine and anguish, melancholy and delight. He brings the people and situations he sings about to vibrant life with a warm, rich tenor that often slips into an aching falsetto to underline the overwhelming emotions that can move us to tears or laughter. On Some Kind of Cure, his fourth studio album, Berkeley delivers some of his most heartfelt tunes blending folk, rock, and classic pop to create timeless expressions of love and longing.
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Harry Manx October 21, 2012 | 7:00 am

“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.
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Ian Moore September 30, 2012 | 7:00 am

Ian Moore (born August 8, 1968 in Berkeley, California, USA) is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. He studied fiddle as a child, but switched to guitar when wrist problems interfered. His music contains elements of folk, rock and roll, world music, and blues.
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Carrie Elkin September 23, 2012 | 7:00 am

With her Red House Records debut release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year.
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The Hard Road Trio September 16, 2012 | 7:00 am

Original Southwestern acoustic blend of Americana and Bluegrass music from the wide-open spaces of New Mexico

Mandolinist Steve Smith, guitarist/vocalist Chris Sanders and bassist Anne Luna are three songwriters who have found their collective voice in the light and air of the Southwest. The Trio's roots extend into old time, jazz, country and modern chamber music, the product of over 30 years of performing. "The Trio has the kind of empathic harmony that comes from deep listening and familiarity (as in "familial")," says Bruce Bergathon, host of WGLT's Acousticity.

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John Fullbright September 9, 2012 | 7:00 am

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Ben Taylor September 2, 2012 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on this, the 400th edition of Art of the Song Creativity Radio, is Ben Taylor. The son of legendary singers, James Taylor and Carley Simon, Ben grew up surrounded by creativity.
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Sam Baker August 26, 2012 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song we welcome Sam Baker. Recorded live at Woody Fest in front of an audience of his fans, Sam talked with us about his creative point of view which is at once hilarious and tragic.
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Eve Fleishman August 19, 2012 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song we welcome Eve Fleishman to the program. Eve stopped in the studio while on tour with a fascinating project, Peace Or Drama - A Journey Through Music And Art.
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Jonathan Edwards August 12, 2012 | 7:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the song is Jonathan Edwards. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, he delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor. He’s perhaps best known for his tune, “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” a fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands of frustrated young people when it was first released in 1971.
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Will Kimbrough August 5, 2012 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song we visit with Will Kimbrough. Will has a voracious appetite for every aspect of music. Born and raised in the deep south of the Alabama Gulf Coast, he soaked up eclectic FM radio sounds and the music of nearby New Orleans
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The Wong, Leslie, Burhoe Trio July 29, 2012 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song we feature Sandra Wong, Dominick Leslie, and Ty Burhoe, recorded live as a part of our Concerts and Conversations series in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trio brings together an unusual combination of instruments... the nyckelharpa, fiddle, mandolin, and tabla... to explore music from all corners of the globe, as well as their own compositions.
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Peter Mulvey July 22, 2012 | 7:00 am

This week we talk with guitarist/singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey. Peter’s musical journey took flight in the depths of the Boston subway system after he had been fired from a job at a coffee shop. His musical styling encompasses just about every genre accented by the poetic vision of his lyric writing
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Rory Block July 15, 2012 | 7:00 am

Delta blues living legend Rory Block joins us for concerts and conversations in collaboration with AMP Concerts recorded at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
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