May 30, 2002 Liane Hansen talks to Eliza Gilkyson about her new CD, Lost and Found. Gilkyson has spent 30 years in the music business, and the CD reflects her long experience as a songwriter. There is a song written for her father, who was also a songwriter, and the album closes with a hymn-like piece, "Riverside," that reflects the turn of the millennium and Sept. 11. (7:30) The CD is on Red House Records. Catalog # RHR CD 162. See http://www.elizagilkyson.com/.
May 28, 2002 He's been called the 'not-so missing link between soul and country'. His songs have been recorded by Vince Gill, George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Shelby Lynne and many others. But he's also recorded over a dozen of his own solo albums and has sung background vocals on more than 40 albums. In 1999 he collaborated with his hero, blue grass legend Ralph Stanley on the album, I Feel Like Singing Today which was nominated for a Grammy. Recently he collaborated again with Stanley on the album Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone); He also has a new solo album The Hummingbirds (Dualtone).
May 24, 2002 Singer Keely Smith has been called "The Queen of Swing" and "First Lady of Las Vegas." Smith is perhaps best known as the duet partner and wife of Louis Prima. Smith and Prima drew crowds to the lounges of Las Vegas in the 1950s. Their hits include "Jump, Jive, an' Wail," "Just a Gigolo," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "That Old Black Magic." This interview first aired April 4, 2000.
May 21, 2002 Since the 1973 release of his first album, Closing Time, Tom Waits has won fans over with his original songwriting and distinctive, gravelly vocal style. He has two new CDs out this month: Alice and Blood Money.
May 21, 2002 Host Tavis Smiley highlights this month's WORTHY project. We hear about Paul Robeson from WORTHY scholar Dennis Nelson. And Tavis also sits down with the son of Paul Robeson, Paul Robeson Jr. who authored the book, The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: An Artist's Journey, 1898 — 1939.
May 17, 2002 Host Steve Inskeep talks to musician Corey Harris about his "diaspora rock." On the singer's latest album he composes music influenced by Africans around the world — from the Caribbean and the American South to the hip hop clubs of Washington, D.C. Learn more about Corey Harris.
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May 12, 2002 Weekend Edition Sunday host Lynn Neary talks with rising opera star Juan Diego Florez, who some say will take over from Luciano Pavarotti as the world's top tenor. Sunday, May 12, 2002 .
May 7, 2002 Otis Blackwell wrote more than a thousand songs for top name performers, including Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. Some of Blackwell's best known hits include Don't Be Cruel and All Shook Up. Blackwell died last night at the age of 70. Liane Hansen talks about Blackwell's career with Peter Guralnick, author of Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. (5:00) The book is published by Little Brown, 1999.
May 7, 2002 Tavis Smiley interviews singer Phillip Bailey about his new CD Soul on Jazz as well as his career and his amazing falsetto.
May 6, 2002 Shula Neuman reports on how the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra overcame bankruptcy. The orchestra made budget cuts and raised nearly $30 million to pay off debt through a cooperative effort. The musicians agreed to pay cuts and a shortening of the orchestra's season. St. Louis area foundations and individuals contributed the rest of the money.
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May 5, 2002 Vocalist and songwriter Rene Marie likes to re-invent tunes by Billie Holiday, Enya, and the Beatles. Sunday on Weekend All Things Considered, she takes one of her own tunes to her band for the first time. Part two of two.
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May 5, 2002 Vocalist and songwriter Rene Marie likes to re-invent tunes by Billie Holiday, Enya, and the Beatles. Sunday on Weekend All Things Considered, she took one of her own tunes to her band for the first time. Part one of two.
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May 4, 2002 Blues veteran Bonnie Raitt talks with Weekend Edition Saturday's Scott Simon about her new album, Silver Lining. The collection of blues numbers, ballads and collaborations with Malian musicians is one of her most varied projects to date.
May 2, 2002 Tavis Smiley interviews grammy award winning bassist Marcus Miller about his life, his career, and his new album M2.
May 2, 2002 Founder of the band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy. He also sings, writes songs, plays guitar and banjo. The band got started as an alternative country band, but has recently left that sound behind. Their new recording is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch). Before forming Wilco in 1994, Tweedy headed the band Uncle Tupelo.
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