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Broadcast week of July 07, 2014  |  Special Guest David Broza
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David Broza

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Israeli Singer/Songwriter, David Broza.  His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised:  Israel, Spain and England.  When we sat down with David he was just finishing up his peace project, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem, in which he, with producer Steve Earl, brought together Israeli and Palestinian artists, musicians, film crews and chefs in an epic 8 day convergence of artistic expression and peace, focused on breaking down the cultural walls that separate us.  We talked with David about the CD, the two documentaries, and social programs that all spurred from his project. [visit David's website]

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Broadcast week of June 30, 2014  |  Special Guest Awna Teixeira
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Awna Teixeira

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Awna Teixeira. During her formative years, Awna toured and did street performances with The Derby, The Red Eyed Rounders, and the all-girl, country-folk band Barley Wik. In 2005 she joined Allison Russell and the Canadian touring band, Po'Girl. Since then the group has toured internationally and created five albums. Awna, while still working with Po'Girl, is currently embarking on her first solo project. We visited with her in our Albuquerque studios. [visit Awna's website]

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Broadcast week of June 23, 2014  |  Special Guest Hayley Reardon
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Hayley Reardon

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Hayley Reardon, an accomplished singer songwriter, wise beyond her years. In addition to sharing the stage with folk icons such as Peter Yarrow and Tom Rush, the seventeen-year-old inspires her peers to express themselves and create positive change through her role as Peer Spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Named as a 2012 "Bostonian Of The Year", The Boston Globe characterized her as..."a confident, radiant teenage singer/songwriter who is helping to pen the next  chapter of the Boston folk scene...” We spoke with her prior to the release of her CD, Wayfindings. [visit Hayley's website]

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Broadcast week of June 16, 2014  |  Special Guest Hillel Tigay
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Hillel Tigay

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Hillel Tigay. As a cantor at the IKAR Synagogue in Los Angeles, Hillel took up the challenge presenting 2,000-year-old Hebrew texts in a more accessible musical setting. Filtering these ancient lyrics through musical influences like Peter Gabriel and U2, the result is JUDEO, a CD collection of Psalms and biblical verses set to modern music. Holding the vision that music is indeed a universal language, the record was made with love by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. According to Hillel Tigay, “The music recorded here attempts to offer the listener, whether deeply pious, agnostic, or secular, a tangible sense of something greater than oneself.” We spoke with Hillel shortly after the release of JUDEO. [visit Hillel's website]

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Broadcast week of June 09, 2014  |  Special Guest Freebo
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Freebo

From bass player/band member with Bonnie Raitt for a decade to countless studio sessions and tours with artists ranging from John Mayall, CSN, Maria Muldaur and Ringo Starr, to T.V. appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "Midnight Special," and "Muppets Tonight," as well as tuba performances with Dr. John and the legendary Spinal Tap, Freebo has achieved status and respect in a creative and highly competitive field. Not satisfied with simply resting on his laurels as a top sideman, however, Freebo has continued to push his creative envelope, and has evolved into an award winning singer/songwriter with three solo CDs to his credit. [visit Freebo's website]

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Broadcast week of June 02, 2014  |  Special Guest Shannon McNally
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Shannon McNally

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Shannon McNally.  Shannon, with the help of New Orleans musical legend Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack recently releases a new CD to shine a spotlight on the work of legendary songwriter Bobby Charles. Small Town Talk is an album of songs which features guest performances by Derek Trucks, Will Sexton, Luther Dickinson, and Vince Gill.  We spoke with Shannon in our Albuquerque Studios after the release of Small Town Talk.[visit Shannon's website]

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Broadcast week of May 26, 2014  |  Special Guest Benmont Tench
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Benmont Tench

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Benmont Tench. You may not have heard of him, but chances are, you have heard him. He’s best known as the keyboard player and founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. As a sought-after session musician, he’s played on tracks by artists as varied as Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, and the Rolling Stones. After over 50 years of playing professionally, Benmont has released his first solo album, You Should Be So Lucky, on Blue Note Records. According to Blue Note president (and bass player on You Should Be So Lucky), Don Was, “Benmont Tench is the most enigmatic, mystical and delightful musician I know. He never plays the same notes twice yet the notes he plays are always perfect and loaded with soul. Musicians from all walks of life hold him in the highest esteem and love to play with him. His presence on a session or stage elevates everyone's performance to new heights.” [Visit Benmont's website]

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Broadcast week of May 19, 2014  |  Special Guest Dido
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Dido

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Dido, a British singer-songwriter who attained international success in 1999 with her debut album No Angel. The album sold over 21 million copies worldwide, and won several awards. She maintained a successful career, releasing two additional albums over the next decade. After a four year hiatus, Dido has returned with Girl Who Got Away which some say could be her finest record yet. [Visit Dido's website]

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Broadcast week of May 12, 2014  |  Special Guest Leon Russell
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Leon Russell

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Leon Russell. Leon began his career playing in clubs in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After moving to Los Angeles, he became a sought-after session player, playing on numerous hits of the 1960s. As a sideman, he performed with scores of notable artists including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. He also worked as a producer and arranger, and eventually became a solo recording artist in his own right. Leon Russell hits include, Delta Lady, This Masquerade, Tight Rope and A Song for You. Defying categorization, Leon is comfortable in many genres, including rock, blues, gospel and country. In early 2014, he released a retrospective of his career entitled Life Journey, executive produced by his longtime friend Elton John. We had the honor of speaking with Leon on his tour bus in Roswell, New Mexico. [Visit Leon's website]

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Broadcast week of May 05, 2014  |  Special Guest Hungrytown
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Hungrytown

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, the musical and married duo known as Hungrytown. Full time touring musicians, their adventures have taken them throughout the US and Canada, as well as Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown's songs have been performed by other artists, including Nashville songwriter David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers. Their music has also appeared on several television shows, including the hit series, Portlandia. We spoke with Ken and Rebecca in our Albuquerque Studios.[visit Hungrytown's website]

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