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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.