WFPK's First Cut You're a music devotee and want to know more about an artist than who produced their new release (you know, the interview answer they're giving every other media outlet in the country). WFPK in Louisville, KY is proud to present "The First Cut," conversations with some of the most talented singer/songwriters recording today. WFPK's award-winning music host, Laura Shine, asks guests like Micheal Franti, Ani Difranco, recent Grammy nominee Eric Burton (Black Pumas) and more about some firsts in their lives. Same set of questions, totally different answers. Artists recall favorite moments, firsts, and even share stories they've never told!
WFPK's First Cut

WFPK's First Cut

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You're a music devotee and want to know more about an artist than who produced their new release (you know, the interview answer they're giving every other media outlet in the country). WFPK in Louisville, KY is proud to present "The First Cut," conversations with some of the most talented singer/songwriters recording today. WFPK's award-winning music host, Laura Shine, asks guests like Micheal Franti, Ani Difranco, recent Grammy nominee Eric Burton (Black Pumas) and more about some firsts in their lives. Same set of questions, totally different answers. Artists recall favorite moments, firsts, and even share stories they've never told!

Most Recent Episodes

Cautious Clay

Did you know? - Josh was inspired to learn the flute from watching 'Aladdin' when he was seven years old. - By 6th grade, Josh was already gigging in his first band called "Into the Crowd." - One of the first concerts Josh attended was the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPK's First Cut!

Laura Veirs

Did you know? - Laura writes HUNDREDS of songs for each of her albums before narrowing it down to the final track list. - Laura's latest single "Burn Too Bright" was written about Richard Swift, a songwriter who "seemed to burn too bright for this world." - Laura's first album was Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and of course she learned to do the dance too. If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPK's First Cut!

Dan Wilson

Did you know? - Dan Wilson went on a "four or five year Beatles fast" in which he "got kind of obsessed with not listening to The Beatles." - Dan reunited with Semisonic to release their first new material in 19 years this June, but unfortunately had to cancel their planned reunion tour. - Although Dan had been studying classical and jazz piano since 2nd grade, his first band was a "super fast punk rock" band called The Panic. If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPK's First Cut!

Ani DiFranco

Did you know? - Prince was a big Ani DiFranco fan, and would frequently show up to her concerts. - Ani DiFranco was infatuated with her poetry teacher Sekou Sundiata, who also taught Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing and Chris Barron of Spin Doctors. - Ani DiFranco listens to the same music as her daughter, which lately has been a lot of Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish. If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPK's First Cut!

Michael Franti

Did you know? - The first song Michael wrote was about Barney Fife from "The Andy Griffith Show." - While touring with U2, Michael repeatedly referred to The Edge as 'Ed' because he misheard his name. If you answered NO to either of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of The First Cut!

Welcome to "The First Cut"

You're a music devotee and want to know more about an artist than who produced their new release (you know, the interview answer they're giving every other media outlet in the country). WFPK in Louisville, KY is proud to present "The First Cut," conversations with some of the most talented singer/songwriters recording today. WFPK's award-winning music host, Laura Shine, asks guests like Micheal Franti, Ani Difranco, recent Grammy nominee Eric Burton (Black Pumas) and more about some firsts in their lives. Same set of questions, totally different answers. Artists recall favorite moments, firsts, and even share stories they've never told!

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