American Parlor Songbook American Parlor Songbook is a radio variety program based in Southern California.Come into the Parlor for clever songs, charming stories, and hilarious sketches each week. Hosted from the piano by acclaimed composer JP Houston, with his wife, comic actress Julie Van Dusen. JP and Julie are joined by special guests from national music acts to raconteurs and stand-ups. American Parlor Songbook is recorded in front of live audiences at the Tudor House Theater in Lake Arrowhead CA, and at venues across the country.
American Parlor Songbook

American Parlor Songbook

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American Parlor Songbook is a radio variety program based in Southern California.Come into the Parlor for clever songs, charming stories, and hilarious sketches each week. Hosted from the piano by acclaimed composer JP Houston, with his wife, comic actress Julie Van Dusen. JP and Julie are joined by special guests from national music acts to raconteurs and stand-ups. American Parlor Songbook is recorded in front of live audiences at the Tudor House Theater in Lake Arrowhead CA, and at venues across the country.More from American Parlor Songbook »

Most Recent Episodes

1/11/19 - Storied

Join us for an episode about books, plays, and story craft all kinds. JP tells a true tale about his 3rd grade book report, a future society rediscovers Shakespeare, Art Podell brings us the history of the talking blues, and Vermont singer-songwriter Kris Gruen performs.

1/4/19 - The Clippening

Join us for some of our favorite bits. We dust off another lost propaganda cartoon, JP sings about marijuana legalization, Zach Sherwin raps about a bee attack, Bill Chott does magic on the radio, Carly Ritter sings her own charming song, and Nashville strummer Darren Bradbury performs.

12/28/18 - Winter

Put a log on the fire and watch the snow fall outside the window. JP tells a chilly childhood tale, we visit the Ice Sculpture Invitational, and retired actress Martha Young becomes the queen of the winter carnival. Steven Benaquist cedes his slot to Miroslav Pekar, and acoustic soul duo Freddy & Francine perform.

12/21/18 - Secular Holiday Semi-Spectacular

Join us for a holiday show. Alt-right host Aaron White fights in the war on Christmas, retired actress Martha Young trashes a pine tree, and JP tells a true childhood tail about a flying turkey. With special musical Christmas cards sent in by Young Mister, Carolyn Mark, Sunfields, and Matt Coleman.

12/14/18 - Holiday Freakout

Join us for a holiday show recorded at Skypark at Santa's Village. Carols new and old, a true childhood tale, a turkey stand-off, and retired actress Martha Young celebrates the 14 days of her Christmas film catalog.

12/07/18 - Rich Vs Poor

Join us for sketches, stories, and songs on economic class. JP tells a true childhood tale about the divides in his neighborhood, we uncover another 1950s propaganda cartoon, and Steven Benaquist brings us a piece on a depression era magnate. Plus, songs from Joey Chrisman, Patrick Krief, and Ryan Erskine.

11/30/18 - The Body Eclectic

Join us for sketches, stories, and songs about the human body. Matt Knudsen brings us another edition of the APS News, comedian Hannah Gansen sings her absurdist songs, and desert tripper Josh Kjerstad strums some dreamy folk.

11/23/18 - Pushing Pencils

Take a number and have a seat, it'll be a while on this episode about bureaucracy. JP tells a true childhood tale about school health regulations, comedian Hailey Jones keeps us in check as Safety Sue, and singer-songwriter Matt Coleman performs his acoustic pop.

11/16/18 - The Exact Science of Comedy

Join us for an episode about comedy itself, recorded in front of an audience at the KVCR PBS TV studios in San Bernardino California. John Pate returns with another charming story, and folk duo Lawrence and Clare perform their likeable ditties.

11/9/18 - Mystic Mayhem

Join us for sketches, stories, and songs on mysticism. An NPR host looks to find the value in esoteric learning, JP tells a true childhood tale about a cursed knickknack, Phil Proctor & Jamie Alcroft return as our "Boomers on a Bench", and cosmic american folksters Jet Dread Stone perform their tarot inspired tunes.

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