“We all have a song to sing… whether it be music, writing, painting or simply living life as a work of art. The world needs your creative voice!”

– John & Viv

Inspiring Creativity on Public Radio for 17 Years

Founded in 2003 by husband-wife team, John Dillon & Viv Nesbitt, ART OF THE SONG is a weekly syndicated radio program exploring creativity through the lens of songwriting and music performance. The music and interview show is heard on public and community stations across North America. We interview legendary as well as up-and-coming artists.

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Jackson Emmer

Katie Anne Mitchell

Reggie Harris

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Crys Matthews

Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)

Joan Osborne

Glenn Frey (Eagles) – Tribute

Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Episode 853: Beth Hart

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Beth Hart. She is a chart-topping hit-maker, collaborator with guitar legend, Joe Bonamassa, and performer to sold out audiences across the US and Europe. In spite of her success, Beth has been dealing with demons that have pursued her for her whole life: the tragic death of a sister, and her own battle with drugs, booze, bad relationships, and a diagnosis with bi-polar disorder.

Perhaps it has been coming to terms with these challenges that has elevated her music to a new level. Beth Hart’s recent release, Better Than Home, is by many accounts her best work to date. It goes to the depth of her soul, revealing past pain, family issues and personal demons as well as her coming to grips with them and using that knowledge to find the real beauty in her life.

We’re happy to share this special project from AOTS alum Sara Hickman!

The Hard Working People Project was produced by Sara Hickman to bring awareness to the fact so many of us are working tirelessly and courageously during this time of covid. From mail carriers, nurses, doctors, grocery store employees, mom & pop shop owners, garbage collectors, non-profits, protestors, teachers, neighbors…you. Sara & The Hard Working People Project wanted to say we see you, we hear you, we love you, we are you. We are all in this scary time together and music can bring us hope, healing and love.

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