Shel Silverstein is best known for his children’s books and poetry. But, he was also a chart topping songwriter. Today, guest host Laura Cantrell looks into the surprising musical life of Uncle Shelby. Plus, a live acoustic performance from Fountains of Wayne. And, we hear the latest in the copyright debate over the Happy Birthday song.
They've smashed headlights, torn down brooder houses and poisoned a husband's helping of black-eyed peas - lyrically, at least. Female country singers have long been known for their songs about women who are fed up with the men in their lives - and are ready to do something about it. We talk about these angry anthems with Pop Matters columnist Steve Leftridge and New York singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell.
Nashville-born, New York-based singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell is paying tribute to Kitty Wells, the country singer who railed against cheatin’ hearts in her 1952 recording “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” (The song was shunned by NBC and the Grand Ol’ Opry.) Cantrell joins us to talk about her musical hero – and to play songs from her new album, "Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music."