Music

Saturday, April 23

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. We recorded them early in their career - they now go by “Keith and Renee," perform with a backup band and have a distinctly country sound. Enjoy a look back at their early years – young, hip and fun.

Listen to a performance from several years ago here:

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April 22/24

Crossroads continues its month long celebration of the 120th birthday of gospel blues great, Rev. Gary Davis, with music from one of his classic albums, Harlem Street Singer, and covers of his songs from Rory Block, the Sojourners, and the Ragpicker String Band.

Monday 4.18.16

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train to pianist Hal Galper, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and Texas bluesman Gatemouth Brown (including a special in hour two of the show, Clarence Gatemouth Brown at the Fur Peace Ranch). Also music from April featured artist Benny Carter with Sarah Vaughan, from newly named Guggenheim fellow Wayne Shorter, and from new releases by guitarist Russell Malone, and saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Phil Woods.

Tuesday 4.19.16

Monday, April 18

Global Village highlights some wind instruments from around the world, including the Indian brass band Rajasthan Express, Romanian brass band (and April featured artists) Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, saxophonist and 2016 NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders, Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri, bass clarinetist Oran Etkin and more.

Tuesday, April 19

Irene Young

John McCutcheon has always been enamored by folk singers. He taught himself songs from a Woody Guthrie songbook that he borrowed from his local library when he was a child. McClutcheon also found the music of Joe Hill. Last year, he released Joe Hill’s Last Will, a record that commemorated 100 years since Hill’s passing. It also allowed McCutcheon to sing some of his favorite Hill pieces.

Saturday, April 16

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  The Sherpas are a contemporary folk group made up of three excellent singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmel, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille.  Great songwriting, great harmonies, great taunts – listen this Saturday and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s an example:

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Guitarist Steve Vai talks about a tour that brings him together with four other master guitarists, Generation Axe.

Sunday, April 17

Sunday on Soulsations Take 6 has released a new album called Believe.  Hear “You Know You Are In Love,” a collaboration with musical genius Stevie Wonder. Plus, we continue our month long celebration of inspirational sounds from siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans.

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Thursday, April 14

In 1996 former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde released the album Book of Shadows. Demonstrating a more introspective style of songwriting than some expected, the record was more influenced by the Allman Brothers Band and Elton John than Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.

If musicians, both past and present, have struggled with how to make a living, Rev. Gary Davis offers one of the rare counterexamples of an artist who spurned opportunities to pursue what he saw as a higher calling.

Davis was a brilliant and eclectic guitarist, an inspired and beloved teacher, an enormous influence on the folk and blues booms of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, and the creator of such classics as "Candy Man," “Death Don't Have No Mercy," "I Belong to the Band," and "Samson and Delilah."

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