July 29, 2002 Pianist and singer Michael Feinstein. His repertoire is American popular song and he is a collector of vintage recordings and musical memorabilia. In the fall he plans to release a collection of radio duets by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, on his new record label Feinery. Feinstein released a new CD with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Feinstein and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Concord).
July 28, 2002 Guitarist Justin Adams has been called "Britain's answer to Ry Cooder." He played on Robert Plant's new album, and is now touring with the former Led Zeppelin frontman, lending touches of his Middle Eastern and North African influences to Plant's bluesy sound.
July 24, 2002 Guests: Nick Spitzer * Host and Producer, American Roots (public radio series) * Professor, Folklore and Cultural Conservation, University of New Orleans Pete Seeger * Folksinger Worth Long * Co-producer of the documentary film The Land Where the Blues Began On Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan and guests remembers the folklorist who travelled the country recording traditional music and inspired artists like Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.
July 15, 2002 Bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley. He came to fame late in life when his music was featured on the triple-platinum soundtrack of the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? Stanley sings and plays banjo. He won two Grammys this year for his performance of "O Death" on the O Brother record. At age 75, Stanley has just released a self-titled CD and continues to tour. He's recorded over 170 albums in total, and has been performing continuously since 1946.
July 13, 2002 Songs of longing and despair are a national tradition in Portugal — a music called fado. And a singer named Misia is the reigning queen of the mournful, melancholy musical genre. Misia talks with guest host Jacki Lyden about fado and Portugal's emotional inner life.
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July 13, 2002 Lucy Kaplansky is a folksinger turned clinical psychologist turned folksinger again. She talks the about similarities between her two careers and about her new album, Every Single Day.
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July 10, 2002 Lynn talks to songwriter Dan Masse and singer Sally Ellyson of the band Hem. Their debut CD is called Rabbit Songs. The music is a mixture of many American styles, from folk to Aaron Copland classical. Dan and Sally came together almost by accident, but their musical sensibilities are so close that Dan now writes music with Sally's voice in mind.
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July 8, 2002 DJ and hip hop forefather Grandmaster Flash. At the dawn of hip hop, he recorded with the Furious Five. Their hits included "The Message" and "White Lines (Don't Do it)". Nearly 3 decades ago, Flash created the 'Quick Mix Theory,' the process of blending one music break with another. His chose the songs for the new CD, Essential Mix: Classic Edition. It includes a collection of 70s and 80s dance songs.
July 8, 2002 A song that had America dreaming of California sunshine actually was born on a New York winter's day. As part of the Present at the Creation series, NPR's Susan Stamberg has the story of "California Dreamin'," the Mamas and the Papas' enduring anthem to homesickness.
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July 3, 2002 Record producers Charles Granata and Didier Deutsch have collaborated on the new CD box set, Frank Sinatra In Hollywood (1940-1964) (Reprise records/Turner Classic movies) which collects Sinatra's film recordings - many of them rare. In fact only ten percent of the 160 tracks included on the collection have been released before. Granata is a Sinatra historian and author of Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra And the Art of Recording (A Capella Books, 1999). He was Project Director for the box set: Frank Sinatra: The Best of the Columbia Years 1943-1952. Deutsch is a music producer and historian and is author of MusicHound's Soundtracks (Visible Ink Press,
July 1, 2002 Jewel has been performing before live audiences since she was a little girl growing up in Alaska. So it's no surprise the singer/songwriter is more comfortable on stage than in the recording studio. On Morning Edition, Host Bob Edwards' interviews Jewel.
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June 30, 2002 Murray Horwitz has this appreciation of singer Lena Horne, who turns 85 today.
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June 28, 2002 June 28 marks the centennial of master melody-maker Richard Rodgers, composer of such beloved musicals as Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music. Hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg, Easy to Remember explores Rodgers' life and career. The program features music from cast albums, soundtracks, period recordings and popular records.
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June 27, 2002 Musician and actor Steve Van Zandt is a guitarist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He's also recorded solo and has produced a number of records and written songs for other musicians. He plays hitman Silvio Dante in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. He's also now a radio DJ. His syndicated show, Hard Rock Cafe Presents Little Steven's Underground Garage plays Sunday nights on a number of classic rock stations across the United States.
June 27, 2002 NPR's Renee Montagne talks with musician Ann Savoy about her latest project, Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music. Savoy invited non-Cajun singers, including Rodney Crowell, John Fogerty and Linda Ronstadt, to perform traditional songs backed up by a band of all-star Cajun musicians.
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