Rawlings arrived at KEXP with a big cowboy hat perched on his head, a guitar in his hand and a song in his heart. With his longtime collaborator Gillian Welch and a band in tow, Rawlings performed songs from his solo debut, A Friend of a Friend.
Cellist Ben Sollee and guitarist/banjo player Daniel Martin Moore started writing songs together to protest mountaintop-removal coal mining in their beloved Kentucky. Their ecological subject matter may be heavy, but the duo brought a lightheartedness to this session at WFUV.
Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore In Studio On WFUV 3/5/10
Elephant Micah makes songs and tosses them, like messages in bottles, into the vast figurative oceans surrounding Indiana. With a hint of mystery, Joe O'Connell performs tuneful, folksy and emotional songs on WNYC's Spinning on Air.
Elephant Micah In Studio On WNYC's Spinning On Air 4/26/10
Visibly shy and nervous at KEXP, Gainsbourg was not only on her first real tour, but performing her first-ever live on-air session. But with a stripped-down acoustic set-up, she shared her beautiful songs and memories of her father, Serge Gainsbourg.
The mid-40s are typically a transitional period for many jazz musicians. On Push, pianist Jacky Terrasson enlisted a young rhythm section, and the result has recharged his music. In a session from WBGO, Terrasson's trio opens with a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Jacky Terrasson In Studio On WBGO's The Checkout 4/6/10
Here's a rare treat: a solo performance from six-time Grammy-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton. He's mastered the technique of using four mallets when playing the vibes, rather than just two, which was the standard when Burton first took up the instrument.
KEXP hosts more than 400 in-studio performances a year. When a band comes in multiple times with new set lists and more miles and experience under its belt, it can be an amazing experience. Yeasayer recently returned for its second KEXP session on the eve of Odd Blood's release.
Jozef van Wissem would like to open our ears to the gorgeous sonorities of the lute. Simultaneously austere and lush, van Wissem's music draws inspiration from minimalism in an hour-long session from WNYC's Spinning On Air.