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Aired 9 months ago 37:22
Joan Baez and Dar Williams at Starbucks 2-9-96
We took the KSCA morning show on the road, hosting shows at various Starbucks locations throughout Southern California. In February of 1996, Joan Baez was touring with Dar Williams opening for her. We somehow convinced them to show up and perform early in the morning at a Starbucks, I believe in Woodland Hills. It was one of the most special events in my radio career!
Aired 9 months ago 52:26
Josh Ritter Performs Stripped Down Versions of 'Fever Breaks'
Twenty years into his career, it's safe to say Josh Ritter is a master songwriter and musician. But while making his latest album, 'Fever Breaks', he felt nervous. Ritter had been making music with generally the same small group of people, The Royal City Band, for most of his career. But this time, he decided to switch it up and have his friend and fellow songwriter Jason Isbell produce the new record. Isbell brought his band the 400 Unit on board, and they headed to the legendary RCA Studio A. That's when the nerves really hit. But, as Ritter explains, "I realized that being afraid in this moment with my songs and nervous about where they should go and how they should is the right thing â€” this is what I got into this for." 'Fever Breaks' comes out April 26, but in this special session in front of a live audience, Josh Ritter performs stripped-down acoustic versions of his songs just like he did for Isbell and Amanda Shires on their Nashville porch when they were first deciding to work together. Ritter explains how they turned those sessions into the album versions we hear on 'Fever Breaks' and shares a full-circle story about his long musical relationship with Joan Baez and the beautiful, new song it led to. Plus, we talk about his family: Ritter is now a father of two, having adopted his youngest daughter through Wide Horizons for Children.
Aired 1 year ago 24:40
Joan Baez Is Still Protesting
â€œYou know, I think as I get older,â€ Joan Baez tells David Remnick, â€œsomeone will show me a photographâ€â€”of the March on Washington, for exampleâ€”â€œand Iâ€™ll think, â€˜Oh my god, I was there. And those people were there, and Dr. King said what he said.â€™ Sometimes, going into a historic moment, you know it, and other times you donâ€™t know it. In that case I think by midway through the morning, we all knew.â€ Baez became the defining voice of folk music as it intersected with the leftist politics of the sixties and beyond. She performed at the March on Washington and at Woodstock; she went on a peace mission to Hanoi where she was caught in an American bombing raid; she adopted cause after cause. Her work has changed with her age. She canâ€™t hit the high notes of her youth, and she stopped writing songs decades agoâ€”or as she describes it, the songs simply stopped coming to her. Yet she has never stopped performing protest music. At WNYCâ€™s studios, she played two songs from her new record, â€œWhistle Down the Windâ€: one is a prayer for healing after the mass killing in Charleston, written by Zoe Mulford; the other a dirge on climate change by Anohni. Â