Greg Greenway

Singer-songwriter Greg Greenway is a modern-day troubadour, traveling the country plying his trade--playing the guitar and singing folk songs. Lisa talks to Greg about songwriting during a performance chat in NPR's Studio 4A.

Greg Greenway
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A Mexican Christmas

Tish Hinojosa is a singer/songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. She talks about her memories of Christmas in a Mexican-American household — the smells, the sights and, most importantly, the sounds. And she plays songs that take her, and many other Mexican Americans, back to their childhood: "Arbolito," "A La Nanita Nana," and "Las Mananitas."

A Mexican Christmas
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A Chat with Natalie Merchant

Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant has a new CD out called Motherland. She and her band stop to chat with Scott Simon, and to play some music.

A Chat with Natalie Merchant
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Bela Fleck

Liane Hansen speaks with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck. The five-time Grammy winner has presented the instrument in jazz, rock, bluegrass and country settings. Now he's entered the classical world, playing everything from Bach to Beethoven to Chopin on a new cd, Perpetual Motion (Sony Classical SK 89610). Fleck also plays a selection for us from the studios of WPLN in Nashville.

Bela Fleck
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The Slackers

Linda Wertheimer is joined in our performance studio by The Slackers, a ska band from New York City. The seven members are all Generation-Xers who are devoted to ska, a precursor to reggae born in 1950s Jamaica. The band gives a demonstration of the unique beat — or "off-beat" — that characterizes ska, and plays songs from the latest Slackers CD, called Wasted Days.

The Slackers
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Rufus Wainwright: 'Poses'

It's not not surprising that Rufus Wainwright would become a musician and singer. He is the son of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (of the McGarrigle sisters). He has just released his second album, Poses.

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Sheila Chandra: Fusion Music

Host Madeleine Brand talks with Asian fusion singer, Sheila Chandra, about her latest CD This Sentence is True. Chandra experiments with the voice as an instrument and blends vocal traditions from American gospel and English folk, among other styles.

Sheila Chandra: Fusion Music
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John Hiatt, 'Crossing Muddy Waters' Pt. 2

Bob Edwards talks with singer-songwriter John Hiatt. Hiatt dropped by NPR's studios recently and performed songs from his new CD, Crossing Muddy Waters.

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John Hiatt, 'Crossing Muddy Waters'

Host Bob Edwards talks with singer-songwriter John Hiatt during his recent visit to NPR's Studio 4A. Hiatt performs songs from his new Vanguard CD, Crossing Muddy Waters.

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Performance Chat With Ricky Skaggs

In the 1980's, Ricky Skaggs was one of the top acts in country music with a dozen number one hit singles. But in 1996, he gave up his solo country career to return to his first love, bluegrass. Ricky Skaggs has a new CD called Big Mon a tribute to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. The CD features Bill Monroe's songs performed by artists like John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby and Joan Osborne. Ricky Skaggs work with the Dixie Chicks on his new CD was recently nominated for a Grammy award.

Performance Chat With Ricky Skaggs
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