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These finely edited features present the music and voices of artists discussing their songs, their sounds, their bands, their lives and their creative influences.
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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Yearly Archives: 2003
Jens Joneleit is a modern composer who explores a range of moods and human expressions in avant-garde musical settings. This recording, featuring some of his chamber works written between 1998 and 2001, takes listeners on a musical journey that’s both … Continue reading
Special EFX’s latest recording "Party" finds the jazzy instrumental group going in yet another musical direction – into the world of smooth, funky club music. Guitarist-composer Chieli Minucci wrote most of the material, which features David Mann’s distinctive saxophone. The … Continue reading
Shannion Lawson is a singer-songerwriter-guitarist who can easily fill a room with his large voice and high-energy picking, but whose reportoire is larger than its bluegrass- and country-inspired roots. On "the acoustic living room session," Lawson and his all acoustic … Continue reading
The 17-piece Devil’s Workshop Big Band comes from Richmond, Virginia, where bandleader Stephen Norfleet the other members met while studying music at Virginia Commonwealth University. The band developed its improvisational jazz-meets-funk sound while playing weekly gigs. This first recording is … Continue reading
Virko Baley’s "Sacred Monuments: Symphony No. 1," is the composer-conductor’s meditation on the cycle of life and death. It is a grand work whose point of departure is the music and struggles of four Ukranian composers. Passages capture the hope … Continue reading
John Gorka is a most unusual and talented singer-songwriter. His lyrics and music tug at emotions and feelings that linger beneath the surface of everyday conversations. His latest recording, "Old Futures Gone," is an uneasy meditation on the emotional life … Continue reading
Joe Henry’s is not a typical songwriter or bandleader. He works like a filmmaker who brings different elements together and watches how it all unfolds. "Tiny Voices" is his ninth recording. In his latest musical world, one finds threads of … Continue reading
Buck Howdy’s "Skidaddle!" is the farmer-cowboy-singer-songwriter’s major label debut of western swing-inspired songs for families with young children. Buck sings about cowboys, cowgirls and life on the range. His songs have plenty of silly lines for kids – and just … Continue reading
Montell Jordan’s latest recording, "Life After Def," finds the modern R&B singer-songwriter-producer creating a deeply personal album that shares his life and lessons learned in recent years. The recording is a rare combination of great writing, fabulous singing and equally … Continue reading
Darrell Scott is one of Nashville’s best singer-songwriters. But before he wrote his well-known work, he recorded a major label debut that wasn’t released. That story now ends with "Theatre of the Unheard," where Scott re-recorded the early songs where … Continue reading