Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

Songs We Love: Paul Burch, 'Meridian'

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

One of Nashville's secret piano-playing treasures discusses his new musical biography of the great Jimmie Rodgers, and the changes taking place in Music City.


Songs We Love: Childbirth, 'Let's Be Bad'

Monday, November 23, 2015

Watch the newest video from Seattle feminist punk super-group, starring performance-art-guerilla grrrl Alicia McDaid.


You've Got A Home: June Millington's Lifelong Journey In Rock

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The founding member of Fanny, a groundbreaking all-female rock group, June Millington has everything it takes to be mythologized as a rock hero. Now she's telling her own story.


Songs We Love: Vince Gill, 'Take Me Down'

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The living Nashville legend returns with a wise, thoroughly modern expression of desire, accompanied by the harmonies of Little Big Town.


New Album Of Previously Unheard Jeff Buckley Recordings To Be Released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The album You and I, due in March, is made up of songs recorded in Buckley's very first studio sessions after signing to Columbia Records, and displays the singer's wide range of influences.


Songs We Love: Seratones, 'Necromancer'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The new single and video from Shreveport's newest garage-rock stompers is voudou-inspired fun in a Louisiana cemetery.


First Listen: Chris Isaak, 'First Comes The Night'

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The 59-year-old's tenor has grown rawer, lending his inquiries into heartbreak an air of menace. He can still sing like a dream, but Isaak's gotten better at capturing nightmares, too.


Songs We Love: Josh Abbott Band, 'Ghosts'

Monday, November 02, 2015

The regretful first song that the country singer-songwriter composed for his group's concept album about the end of a marriage now has a video.


Songs We Love: The Mavericks, 'Pardon Me'

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The latest single from the Americana Award-winning Mono is a melancholy road anthem — and its video paints French Quarter revelry as a place of lonely escape.


One For The Ages

Monday, October 19, 2015

Joanna Newsom's new album, Divers, is novelistic, with recurring musical themes, memorable characters and a preoccupation with the change brought on by passing time.


Songs We Love: Corb Lund, 'Sadr City'

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Listen to the outlaw ballad written from the perspective of a Middle East combat veteran, then read the versatile singer-songwriter open up about his craft.


Songs We Love: Aubrie Sellers, 'Loveless Rolling Stone'

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Genre-defying country by Lee Ann Womack's daughter — the existential testament of a heartbreaker, with an indelible tinge of sadness in her sass.


First Listen: Donnie Fritts, 'Oh My Goodness'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

After a career spanning 50-plus years, Fritts' new album celebrates a well-traveled tender heart. Oh My Goodness finds the singer collaborating with Spooner Oldham, producer John Paul White and more.


Songs We Love: David Ramirez, 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Texas singer-songwriter's song about the light at the end of rock bottom now features a sadly beautiful video starring American Sniper actor Keir O'Donnell.


Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin And Shakey Graves—A Musical Conversation

Friday, September 25, 2015

Listen to NPR Music's Ann Powers host a "Songs We Love" panel at Nashville's Americana Fest, where three of Americana's finest songwriters discussed and performed their favorite songs


No Blank Space, Baby: Taylor Swift Is The Soul Of Ryan Adams

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Adams' 1989 recognizes a rock lineage born of a woman. He's not legitimizing Swift's work – he's figuring out how her voice can validate and include his.


Feel The Power Of Living History With Two Gospel Quartets

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Watch The McCrary Sisters and The Fairfield Four, two groups united by blood, as they combine to perform "Rock My Soul" in Texas.


Robyn Hitchcock Salutes Gillian Welch And David Rawlings

Friday, September 18, 2015

Read the British troubadour's paean to his longtime collaborators while handing them a Lifetime Achievement plaque at the Americana Honors and Awards


AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

On this week's podcast, Bob Boilen, Ann Powers and Jewly Hight showcase the music they look forward to seeing at Nashville's AmericanaFest.


Songs We Love: 2015 Americana Awards Edition

Monday, September 14, 2015

Check out the playlist: six of our favorite songs, from six artists nominated for many of this year's Awards.