Studio SessionsMusicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.
Our celebration of Willie Nelson's 75th birthday continues with an excerpt from a 1996 visit with the outlaw-country legend. He joined us in our studios for a conversation — and a few songs, including "Amazing Grace," "Family Bible" and "Crazy."
Jason Collett's music combines '70s pop-rock and Canadian country ballads, the latter a style he's been honing since the late '80s in alt-country bands around Toronto. He also belongs to the wildly prolific and musically incestuous Broken Social Scene. Hear an interview and performance.
New Zealand singer-songwriter Liam Finn is known to bring along an arsenal of electronics to perform as a one-man band. But in a session on KUT, Finn brings only himself, a guitar, and vocalist Eliza Jane Barnes for a laid-back performance and interview.
While many bluegrass pickers revel in speed and technique, some also aim to take bluegrass songwriting in different directions. That's not to say that Chatham County Line sacrifices instrumental prowess for songs. In fact, it can showboat with the best of them.
Chatham County Line in Studio on World Cafe 4/29/08
After a six-year absence from the recording studio, musician Habib Koité and his band, Bamada, are back with a new CD, titled Afriki. Koité talks about his style of blending the musical traditions of his Malian homeland with contemporary influences.
The Nashville singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is trying to make his own career in music. But it comes with some history: His father is the outspoken Steve Earle, and at 25, Justin has already fought off a powerful drug habit that nearly killed him.
Gardot didn't start her musical career out of a grand artistic vision. While riding her bicycle, she was hit by the driver of a Jeep making an illegal turn. Hospitalized for months, Gardot used music for recovery therapy, at doctors' suggestion.
The large Minneapolis-based band has earned a reputation for playing each of their sets with a multimedia component: Live painting. The group visits WNYC's Soundcheck for an interview and studio performance.
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton shares three songs from his latest CD, Into the Blue. The New Orleans native talks jazz and what it means to resonate. The new songs show a creative musician who knows himself, and bandmates who understand each other.