In this episode: Capping a week-long look at Russian music and culture, Soundcheck explores Brighton Beach -- an enclave on the ocean where several generations of Russian immigrants and descendants live and work. Alexander Rudoy is a choreographer and entertainment programmer active in the Brighton Beach scene, and he takes host John Schaefer on a guided tour of sorts.
Then: Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the United States. Beatle biographer Allan Kozinn looks at a pivotal moment in pop fandom. And, we hear about The Beatles in the U.S.S.R.
And: Over a five-decade career and 15 albums now, Steve Earle's songs have carried the weight of his past struggles with addiction, incarceration and heartbreak. Hear him perform the title track from The Low Highway, plus a couple older favorites, in the Soundcheck studio.
Although Steve Earle’s debut novel takes inspiration from the life – and death – of country singer Hank Williams, much of the story comes from his own personal experience as well. We’ll speak with the singer-songwriter(-actor-author) about his recent book and album, both titled “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.” Plus, we’ll hear a live solo performance.
Steve Earle often tackles politics and personal demons in his songs, but his new album pays tribute to his mentor: the influential singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Earle joins us to talk about a friendship that began with heckling at a nightclub -- and endured after Van Zandt’s death. Plus, Earle ...
Music sets the mood in the mysterious films of director Jim Jarmusch. Today, the iconic filmmaker talks about compiling two soundtracks for his new film, "The Limits of Control." Plus: singer-songwriter Steve Earle discusses the mentor who inspired his latest album. And, he plays live.
Musician Steve Earle gives us his take on this historic moment. Also: Performers Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill talk about getting the call to play John Williams' piece for the inauguration. Plus: Anne Midgette gives us a review of the inauguration parade performances.
The country rocker tells Kurt about how his move from Nashville to New York City inspired his new album, Washington Square Serenade. He also talks about his role on HBO’s The Wire: "a redneck recovering addict, so it required no acting."
Country rocker Steve Earle tells Kurt about how his move from Nashville to New York City inspired his new album, Washington Square Serenade. He also talks about his role on HBO’s The Wire: "a redneck recovering addict, so it required no acting."