October 23, 2000 Host Bob Edwards talks with musician Emmylou Harris about her latest album, Red Dirt Girl. The prolific artist has released 25 albums in 25 years, covering genres from pop to country. She plays songs from her newest release and discusses her childhood influences.
October 19, 2000 Omara Portuondo's career as a vocalist in both female- and male-dominated groups has brought her worldwide success. With her latest album, she's finally able to realize her musical goal to be "in the middle of a lot of men, and to control them."
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October 17, 2000 Elysa Gardner reviews the new CD by The Wallflowers, Breach. The Wallflowers' front man in Jakob Dylan - son of Bob Dylan - and Gardner says that Jakob is a strong musical presence in his own right. (4:00) Breach, by The Wallflowers is on Interscope Records.
October 17, 2000 Singer Songwriter Dion. He's just released a new record of doo-wop tunes Deja Nu (Collectables 2000). In the late 1950s, Dion and his band the Belmonts topped the chart with several pop hits, earning him the status of teen idol. Dion split amicably with the band in 1960 and continued to write Top 10 hits until the British Invasion changed the pop preference. Now, in his 50s, he continues to produce, write and sing new material. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
October 15, 2000 When we think of Hawaiian music, we think of hula dancing, Don Ho and Elvis' Blue Hawaii. Liane talks to HAPA, two "local" musicians who have created a new sound of contemporary island tunes. (For more information about HAPA visit their website at http://www.hapa.com)
October 14, 2000 Scott speaks with former host of NPR's Performance Today, Martin Goldsmith, about the life and times of Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein died ten years ago today, and the New York Philharmonic has released a 10-CD set commemorating the conductor/composer.
Songwriter and guitarist Bruce Springsteen.
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October 9, 2000 Bruce Springsteen called his 1975 album Born to Run the dividing line between adolescence and adulthood. Its songs are about getting out, and Springsteen had a lot to get away from. NPR's Joanne Silberner discusses Born to Run, an album that still has a hold on her.
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October 8, 2000 Host Jacki Lyden talks with singer Aaron Neville about the ups and downs of his 30 year music career. Neville has just released Devotion, his first-ever collection of inspirational songs and a new book, The Brothers, which tells of his colorful past encompassing drug addiction, burglary and chart- topping records.
October 5, 2000 Hip Hop Artists De La Soul. Formed in 1985, De La Soul released their latest record Art Official Intelligence this August. Once dubbed "the hippies of hip hop", De La Soul continue to pen songs without gangsta rap influence, focusing instead on the use of samples, jazz vamps, and wordplay. Consisting of Posdnuos, Trugouy the Dove, and Pasemaster Mace, the male trio began recording at the same time as Queen Latifah, Monie Love, and A Tribe Called Quest. De La Soul hails from Long Island, New York.
October 3, 2000 Anima, a group from Brazil, mixes its classical training and early music experience with an interest in Brazilian folk music and instruments. The band will tour the United States later this month. Susan Kaplan, of member station WFCR, reports. (7:45) Anima's CD's, entitled Especiarias and Espiral Do Tempo (Time Spiral) are available from MCD World Music. Websites in Spanish:Especiarias and Espiral Do Tempo
October 1, 2000 Singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson may only have one CD to his name, but the Thompson name has been a major force in folk music since the 1960s. Teddy's father, Richard, formed the seminal folk rock band Fairport Convention, then later paired with Teddy's mother, Linda, to record six acclaimed albums. The pair divorced shortly after recording their last record, which eerily previewed the breakup. Teddy Thompson was just 7 at the time; he talks with Frank about his debut CD, the inspiration behind the music, and the effects of growing up in the English folk tradition.
September 24, 2000 Liane Hansen speaks with Joel Chadabe, president of the Electronic Music Foundation about a new 3-cd set called OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music (Ellipsis Arts CD3670). Chadabe served as consultant for the package, which is one of the most complete surveys of electronic music ever released on disc.
September 18, 2000 Guest: The Reverend Al Green Pastor, Full Gospel Tabernacle, Memphis, Tennessee Author Take Me To the River (Harper Collins, 2000) Singer, songwriter and 9 time Grammy Award winner Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, 1995 Al Green is unquestionably a success story. He started as the son of an Arkansas sharecropper and went on to become one of the greatest soul singers in American music. Al Green has sold more than 40 million records and won nine Grammy Awards and in 1995, he was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. He's also the author of a new autobiography Take Me To the River. Join Juan Williams for a conversation with the Reverend Al Green.
September 16, 2000 Scott talks to Detroil blues singer Alberta Adams who recorded her first album at the age of 77.
September 14, 2000 Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. He was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein, and went on to revolutionize musical theatre. His first major success was writing lyrics for West Side Story. Sondheim wrote the lyrics for Gypsy. He composed the music and wrote the lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeny Todd, Sunday in the park with George, and Into the Woods. In 1954 he wrote the musical Saturday Night but it wasn't performed for 40 years. There's a new cast recording of it.
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