Ferree is a character with just enough charisma to draw you into his oddball world. While his subject matter is dark (his latest album revolves around a child actor whose life ended tragically), Ferree's music often has a lilt with hints of humor, as is evidenced by his Tiny Desk Concert.
Comprising three of Texas' most revered songwriters — Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock — The Flatlanders is the stuff of legend. Since reuniting after its one-time 1970s collaboration, the trio has put out a string of solid Americana albums. The band performs in a session from WXPN.
Gorka passes along musical traditions while also showcasing his own modern voice. In his songs, he tells real stories about real people — you, me, your family and friends. Gorka pays tribute to Pete Seeger's 90th birthday with "Water Is Wide" in a session from Folk Alley.
The Walkmen's members continue their unconventional route through the modern pop world with their latest record, You and Me. Drowning in instrumental reverb and the bellowing warmness of Hamilton Leithauser's vocals, the band performs new songs in a session from WXPN.
The Washington, D.C.-based singer frames his new concept album around the tragic story of Disney actor Bobby Driscoll. Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee is infused with American folk, blues and '50s doo-wop. He performs songs from the CD in a session from WXPN.
Peter Bjorn and John's pop sensibilities are plenty charming, as is the group's on-stage banter. At the ME Television Studios in Austin, Texas, the Swedish trio played electronic-influenced new material, but was bursting with rock 'n' roll energy.
More than 20 years since they started making music, Indigo Girls' members still exude a passion that never subsides. The folk-pop duo's new release, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug, is the first on their independent label, IG Recordings; it finds the duo exploring new melodic and rhythmic territory.
Kellaway is known for his eclectic sensibilities and his prolific musical contributions. The pianist discusses his album of jazz versions of tunes from the Bobby Darin songbook, as well as his award-winning Heroes album, which pays tribute to the great piano trios of bygone days. Host Marian McPartland joins him on "I Found a New Baby" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light."
Haydn's long life spanned many musical changes, a few of which he forged himself, like the development of the string quartet. Marking the 200th anniversary of the composer's death, WBGH in Boston features three string quartets performing Haydn's music in the studio.
Hear Three String Quartets Play Haydn At WGBH In Boston