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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

Leon Russell Tribute December 11, 2016 | 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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Recent episodes

Song of America December 4, 2016 | 7:00 am

Former Attorney General Janet Reno passed away on November 7, 2016 at the age of 78. To honor Attorney General Janet Reno’s legacy, we’re proud to re-broadcast our Song of America program. The songs illustrate the struggles and victories of our past, and offer a measure of hope as we look for ways to heal a deeply divided country.

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Jay Farrar November 20, 2016 | 7:00 am

This week on Art of the Song our guest is Jay Farrar. One of the fathers of the alt country movement, he's a veteran of two critically acclaimed groups, Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt. Jay visited with us from the studios or KWMU in St. Louis, MO.

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Claudia Schmidt November 13, 2016 | 7:00 am

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present, bring people to expect a relationship between themselves and memories driven deep with the passage of time.

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Kina Grannis November 6, 2016 | 7:00 am

Kina Grannis' recent music reflects a maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life. The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful. We visited with Kina after the release of her collection of live cover songs… The Living Room Sessions, Volume 2.

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The Handsome Family October 30, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guests last week on Art of the Song were Brett and Rennie Sparks, together known as the Handsome Family. The Husband and wife duo experienced unexpected worldwide fame when their song “Far From Any Road” was picked as the season 1 theme song for the HBO hit show, True Detective. Their songs have been covered by artists including Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of Handsome Family covers).

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Rory Block October 23, 2016 | 7:00 am

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

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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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