Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

Dixie Bee-Liners: Musical Hospitality

WKSU

With roots coming from everywhere, it was refreshing to find the same Southern charm and friendliness effused through every member of The Dixie Bee-Liners at Folk Alley's studios. The band performed its sweet mix of bluegrass and roots music in a session.

The Dixie Bee-Liners in Studio on Folk Alley

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Yolanda Kondonassis: Impressions Of The Harp

American Public Media

The adventurous harpist joins flutist Joshua Smith and violist Cynthia Phelps in the Performance Today studio to explore the musical connections between two impressionist composers — Toru Takemitsu and his hero, Claude Debussy.

Hear Yolanda Kondonassis And Friends In The APM Studio

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Kevin Devine: Raw And Emotional

KEXP

With a long resume that includes the emo-rock band Miracle of 86, Devine has built up a strong discography of his own. At Cutting Room Studios in New York City, Devine and his band played straight through a set with no retakes or breaks — just one solid, powerful performance.

Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band in Studio on KEXP 5/5/09

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Susan Werner: Pop Meets 'Classics'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Werner is the empress of the unpredictable. In a session from WFUV, she merges pop songs with classical composers — Stevie Wonder with Chopin and Cat Stevens with Bach. With just piano and cellist Julia Biber, the two translate the rich string-quartet arrangements on Classics.

Susan Werner in Studio on WFUV 1/23/09

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Saxophonist Eric Alexander: Fully Grown

KNKX Public Radio

When Alexander walked into KPLU's Seattle studios with his longtime collaborator, pianist David Hazeltine, he was ready to play. He kicked things off right away with an intricate jazz composition by Hazeltine which, Alexander said, leaves "no margin for error." Hear the full session from KPLU.

Eric Alexander in Studio on KPLU 5/12/09

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Samantha Crain: Songs Of The Morning After

KUT 90.5

Crain's inviting blend of country twang and indie-rock earnestness has made a name for her both in and out of Americana circles. With her band, The Midnight Shivers, she performs songs from her debut album at KUT's Studio 1A.

Samantha Crain in Studio on KUT

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Thomas Mapfumo: Lion Of Zimbabwe, In Exile

KEXP

Mapfumo is a cultural and political hero in his native Zimbabwe. He created his chimurenga music during the struggle for liberation from the white minority government in the 1970s. Exiled to Oregon in the late '90s, Mapfumo continues to make music rooted in the Shona tradition.

Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited in Studio on KEXP 5/11/09

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Theresa Andersson: One-Woman Wall Of Sound

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Theresa Andersson is a one-woman band, and this was never more apparent than when she strolled into the WFUV studios with two engineers, but no band members. She surrounded herself with drums, floor pedals, slide steel guitar and a guitar — all the while singing.

Theresa Andersson in Studio on WFUV 2/5/09

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Claudia Acuna: Jazz 'At This Moment'

WBGO

Nearly every jazz musician today comes from an institutional program, but Claudia Acuna took an alternate route that started in her native Chile. In a session from WBGO, the jazz vocalist performs the music of a Chilean freedom singer and Cole Porter.

Claudia Acuna in Studio on WBGO 3/19/09

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John Gorka: Building A Bridge Of Folk Music

WKSU

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.

John Gorka in Studio on Folk Alley

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Peter Bjorn And John: Beware Of The Rock

KEXP

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.

Peter Bjorn and John in Studio on KEXP

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A Feast Of Haydn String Quartets At WGBH

WGBH Radio

Haydn's long life spanned many musical changes, a few of which he forged himself, like the development of the string quartet. WBGH in Boston features three string quartets playing Haydn in the studio.

Hear Three String Quartets Play Haydn At WGBH In Boston

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The Flatlanders: The Big Three Return

KUT 90.5

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely: For Texans, their names represent a sort of musical holy trinity. Collectively, as The Flatlanders, they're a roots-music supergroup. In a session from KUT, the band performs new songs and explains the ups and downs that led to Hills and Valleys.

The Flatlanders in Studio on KUT

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Telekinesis: A Frenzy Of Intensity And Joy

KEXP

When Michael Benjamin Lerner stopped by the KEXP studios with Telekinesis, his songs sparkled with buoyant melodies and catchy hooks that shone like little pop gems. He pounded away on the drums in a frenzy of intensity and joy while singing along without effort.

Telekinesis in Studio on KEXP 4/13/09

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Little Feat Asks Friends To 'Join The Band'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

For a band that started nearly four decades ago, and 30 years ago lost its best-known member, Little Feat continues to thrive. The group's latest CD, Join the Band, celebrates Little Feat's history with special guests. In this session, it performs some of its biggest hits.

Little Feat in Studio on WFUV 9/23/08

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