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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

Tom Bennett June 5, 2016 | 7:00 am

Tom Bennett is an authentic folk blues one man band born and raised in the rural North Georgia Countryside. Tom left the south and headed west seeking religion at age 19. He fell in with Mormon Polygamists, studied Tibetan Buddhism and eventually became a cocaine dealer in Salt Lake City. When he is not on tour he rests in the Southern Utah desert near the town of St. George.


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Phillip LaRue May 29, 2016 | 7:00 am

For chart-topping songwriter Phillip LaRue, accolades, awards, and chasing singles isn’t conducive to the creative process. When the session starts, what truly matters are the stories, the people that inspire the songs, and the act of bringing those characters and journeys to life with authenticity and fine songcraft.


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Claudia Schmidt May 22, 2016 | 7:00 am

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners.
She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.


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Michael Batdorf May 15, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guest next week on Art of the Song is Wyoming singer/songwriter Michael Batdorf. Attaching himself to the stories of the people and the land around him, he has found a voice that is uniquely his own.


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Harvest Thieves May 8, 2016 | 7:00 am

Harvest Thieves released RIVAL, their first full-length album, in January of 2016, with plans to hit the road in support of the record.


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Terry Kitchen May 1, 2016 | 7:00 am

Award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen is as much a storyteller as a musician. His new CD The Post-American Century combines his considerable skills as a singer, composer and guitarist with his fearless emotional honesty, keen eye for detail, and deep empathy for his subjects for a compelling portrait of the land we live in.


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Gabrielle Louise‬ April 17, 2016 | 7:00 am

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song.


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Benmont Tench April 10, 2016 | 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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Rosanne Cash April 3, 2016 | 7:00 am

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Rosanne Cash and her husband/collaborator, John Leventhal. The eldest daughter of country music icon, Johnny Cash, Rosanne has had an illustrious career of her own, with 21 top 40 country hits including 11 number ones.


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Elizabeth Hareza March 20, 2016 | 7:00 am

A little bit of love and music can go a long way! Elizabeth is raw, honest, hilariously quirky and out for the greater good. Spreading love and music is her passion and she does that through sharing stories about her real life, experiences of others (anonomyously of course) and a few tall tales here and there.


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Freebo March 13, 2016 | 7:00 am

Freebo is a master of the bass and tuba who you have heard many times if you listen to Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III or Dr. John. He also has a great solo career and is an acclaimed song-writer. His advice... "Jump in the damn water, you'll get used to it..if it turns out it really is absolutely too cold, you learned..it's the wrong pool..I think, everything I've ever learned has been by making a mistake."


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