August 4, 2008
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC WEBCASTS RANDY NEWMAN
IN CONCERT ON AUGUST 5

ALSO: NEWMAN GUEST DJS NPR’s
“ALL SONGS CONSIDERED” TODAY;
“ALL THINGS CONSIDERED” INTERVIEW AIRING TOMORROW



August 4, 2008; Washington, D.C. – NPR Music will webcast a complete concert by Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Randy Newman beginning Tuesday, August 5 at noon (ET), offering the entire show for free streaming at www.NPR.org/music. The concert – recorded on July 23 at the Largo in Los Angeles – features Newman on all 10 tracks of his forthcoming album, Harps & Angels. This will be the only webcast from his summer tour.

Newman is known as one of America’s wittiest and most satirically biting songwriters, and for his distinct, southern-styled piano playing. During the concert webcast, Newman revisits many standards and classics, performing “I Love L.A.,” “You Can Leave Your Hat On” and “Louisiana 1927.”

Today, Newman also takes a turn at spinning records as a guest DJ on the popular NPR Music program All Songs Considered. (His picks include songs by The Beatles, Ray Charles, Toscanini and LaVern Baker.) On Tuesday, August 5, he talks about his new album with host Melissa Block on the newsmagazine All Things Considered. For local stations’ broadcast times for both programs, visit www.NPR.org/stations

NPR Music frequently live webcasts concerts from venues across the country as part of its expanding “Live in Concert” series, which has featured more than 100 live events to date. On August 2 and 3, NPR Music, together with WFUV 90.7FM New York, webcast and broadcast two days of performances from the Newport Folk Festival. Those performances are available at: www.nprmusic.org/newportfolkfestival. Next weekend, NPR Music teams up with WBGO/Jazz88.3FM in Newark, NJ, to live webcast and broadcast concerts from the JVC Jazz Festival Newport, including artists Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Howard Allen and many others. For details, visit www.nprmusic.org/jvcjazzfestnewport

NPR Music launched in November 2007 as a free, comprehensive music discovery destination, featuring content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, as well as original-to-NPR Music features such as live performances, studio sessions, interviews, reviews and blogs. Specific sections of the site are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. The site culls from NPR’s and the stations’ extensive music archives to present thousands of features; its popular Concert section offers hundreds of regional and national web concerts, with more than 15 new performances added each month. NPR Music also has dozens of original music podcasts.