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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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JON POUSETTE-DART July 1, 2018 | 8:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Jon Pousette-Dart, founder of the rock group, the Pousette-Dart Band. Jon has recently released an album new tunes and re-makes of two PDB classics. Viv enjoyed an intimate conversation with Jon in his New York home studio.


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Billy Crockett June 24, 2018 | 8:00 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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Dean Gitter June 17, 2018 | 8:00 am

After a career that included managing legends like Odetta, Dean left the folk scene to stretch his wings in other entrepreneurial endeavors. Now, with the release of his album Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag 2.0 Dean has returned to his roots, and we are the better for it.


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Loreena McKennitt June 10, 2018 | 8:00 am

Loreena McKennitt’s recording career began in 1985 with the album Elemental. She has since released total of 18 albums. An active member of her community, she has founded and oversees charitable undertakings in the fields of water safety and family/childhood support services.


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Gretchen Peters June 3, 2018 | 8:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Grammy nominated, Nashville singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters. She’s well known as the writer of the 1995 CMA Song of the Year, 'Independence Day’. We spoke with Gretchen about her 2018 release Dancing with the Beast.


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John Batdorf May 27, 2018 | 8:00 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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KC Clifford May 20, 2018 | 8:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is three-time Woody Guthrie Award winning singer/songwriter, KC Clifford. Music has always been a guiding force in KC’s life, and her talent and love of performing on stage revealed itself at an early age. We visited with KC in front of a live audience at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma.


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BettySoo May 13, 2018 | 8:00 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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John Oates May 6, 2018 | 8:00 am

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is John Oates. Best known for his work with the hit-making duo Hall & Oates, John has 6 solo albums to his credit. We spoke with John after the release of Arkansas. Originally inspired by the music and legacy of Mississippi John Hurt, the project grew to encompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music. According to John, “It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”


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Gabrielle Louise‬ April 29, 2018 | 8:00 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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