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Broadcast week of April 07, 2014  |  Special Guest Loreena McKennitt
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Loreena McKennitt

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Canadian singer/composer Loreena McKennitt. In a career spanning three decades, Loreena’s “eclectic Celtic” music has won critical acclaim worldwide and gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in fifteen countries across four continents. Born in the province of Manitoba, Canada, she moved to Stratford, Ontario in 1981, where she still resides. Loreena McKennitt’s recording career began in 1985 with the album Elemental. She has since released total of 17 albums. An active member of her community, she has founded and oversees charitable undertakings in the fields of water safety and family/childhood support services. We spoke with Loreena after the release of The Journey So Far - The Best of Loreena McKennitt, a celebration of 30 years as an independent artist. [Visit Loreena's website]

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Broadcast week of March 31, 2014  |  Special Guest Bob Livingston
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Bob Livingston

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Bob Livingston. Born and raised in Texas, Bob is a singer/songwriter, bass player, and was a founding member of Jerry Jeff Walker’s Lost Gonzo Band. He was a key figure instigating the cosmic cowboy and progressive country movements that distinguished the Austin music scene in the 1970s. Over the years, Bob Livingston has gained a reputation as a band leader, solo artist, and sideman. He has toured almost non-stop for 45 years, and his CD, Gypsy Alibi, won "Album of the Year" at the Texas Music Awards in 2011. [Visit Bob's website]

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Broadcast week of March 24, 2014  |  Special Guest Amy Grant
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Amy Grant

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is 6-time Grammy Award winner, Amy Grant. Best known for performing Christian music, Amy became one of the first in that genre to cross over into mainstream pop with the success of her albums, Unguarded, and Heart in Motion, the latter of which yielded the number 1 single, Baby, Baby. Amy spoke with us about the release of How Mercy Looks from Here, her first album of all-new music in over a decade. [Visit Amy's website]

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Broadcast week of March 17, 2014  |  Special Guest Butch Hancock
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Butch Hancock

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Butch Hancock. A world traveling troubadour with a long string of recorded songs, Butch is acknowledged by his peers and critics alike, as one of the premiere singer-songwriters Texas has ever produced. His tunes evoke mystical visions of wind-swept dry-plains and his lyrics are profoundly imaginative. His style has often been compared to that of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Butch Hancock is also a member of the renowned country rock super-group, The Flatlanders, along with his lifelong friends, Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. We spoke with Butch in front of a live audience at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. [visit Butch’s website]

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Broadcast week of March 10, 2014  |  Special Guest Rosanne Cash
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Rosanne Cash

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Rosanne Cash, and her husband/collaborator John Leventhal. The eldest daughter of country music icon, Johnny Cash, Rosanne has had an illustrious career of her own, with 21 top 40 country hits including 11 number ones. We spoke with Rosanne and John about the current album, The River and the Thread, a historic landscape of the American South. The album’s unique sound, which draws from country, blues, gospel, and rock, reflects the soulful mix of music that traces its history to the region. [visit Rosanne's website]

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Broadcast week of March 03, 2014  |  Special Guest Vienna Teng
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Vienna Teng

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Vienna Teng. A native Californian, Vienna began playing classical piano at age 5. While pursuing a degree in computer science at Stanford, she joined a student-run a cappella group. She began recording her compositions and eventually released in her début album, Waking Hour. After graduating in 2000, Vienna worked as a software engineer at Cisco Systems, but she continued to write music and perform in her free time. In 2002, she left Cisco to focus on her musical career. In 2010, Vienna announced to her fans that she had been accepted into the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. Through the program, she received both an MBA and an MS. We had the pleasure of speaking with Vienna Teng as a part of the Concerts and Conversations series with AMP Concerts in Albuquerque. [visit Vienna's website]

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Broadcast week of February 24, 2014  |  Special Guest Bryan Ferry
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Bryan Ferry

This week on Art of the Song we visit with Bryan Ferry. Best known for his work in the 70s and 80s with Roxy Music, Bryan is one of the most innovative and iconic voices in popular music. Born in Washington, County Durham, Bryan Ferry would show exceptional promise as both a creative writer and as an actor during his school years. But his principal passions were music and fine art, and he finally opted to study Fine Art at the University of Newcastle. There he studied with the founder of British Pop Art, Richard Hamilton, whose influence and inspiration would become an important piece of Bryan’s artistic vision. He would later say that his earliest writings and recordings with Roxy Music were a direct attempt to combine his love of music with the creative possibilities and ideas that he had learned from fine art. We spoke with Bryan about the release of his CD The Jazz Age, a collection of his tunes re-imagined in a1920s jazz style. [visit Bryan's website]

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Broadcast week of February 17, 2014  |  Special Guest Boris McCutcheon
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Boris McCutcheon

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Boris McCutcheon. Born on Massachusetts farmland, Boris now makes his home in Northern New Mexico. His writing and music are reflections of the characters he has encountered and the landscapes he has surrounded himself with. Boris McCutcheon is hailed in Europe as a cult hero. Boris writes genre-bending roots tunes, while pruning orchards and doing whatever odd job it takes to survive in New Mexico. Producer Tim Nenninger and Chief Community Builder Katie Mitchell visited with Boris in our Albuquerque studios.[visit Boris' website]

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Broadcast week of February 10, 2014  |  Special Guest SONiA of Disappear Fear
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SONiA of Disappear Fear

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is SONiA of Disappear Fear. SONiA writes and performs captivating love songs and confronts the hypocrisies and biases of our culture with a positive message of openness and optimism. Having performed in Israel and Palestine, SONiA’s Judaic roots live in the colors of her songs and paintings. SONiA has performed in 16 countries and has just as many award winning Albums to her credit. While on tour in the Southwest, SONiA and her guitarist Don Conoscenti stopped by our Albuquerque Studios. The interview was conducted by our producer, Tim Nenninger, and Chief Community Builder, Katie Mitchell. [visit SONiA's website]

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Broadcast week of February 03, 2014  |  Special Guest Darryl Purpose
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Darryl Purpose

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Darryl Purpose. With a storyteller’s heart Darryl has connected with audiences in the top folk venues in the country, including Club Passim, McCabe’s, The Bluebird Cafe, and The Kennedy Center. In the nineties he joined with a group of musicians and peaceniks to walk across the entire United States for peace. In 2005, Darryl put down the guitar and resumed his former career as a professional card player. During that time he earned enough money to buy two houses, one for himself and one for his mother. He is one of 17 members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Thankfully, Darryl has returned to music. In 2012 he released the highly acclaimed CD, Next Time Around, which spent five weeks at number one on the Roots Music Report folk chart. We spoke with Darryl in our Albuquerque Studios about music, card playing and healthy living. [visit Darryl's website]

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