Viginia-born Thao Nguyen spent much of her twenties on the road (including a tour with WNYC's Radiolab) performing her energetic music solo and with her band The Get Down Stay Down. These days she's mostly staying put in San Francisco, working not only on her music, but, as she explains here, on being human. "It's been a discovery process," she says in this interview, "humanity means acknowledging what's inside, and acknowledging that you have a duty to show up for people, as they show up for you." This quest for humanity and community has led Thao to volunteer with California Coalition for Women Prisoners, and that experience has in turn inspired a new album of songs, We the Common.
David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to the WNYC Studio to perform several rollicking songs from We the Common, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, century-old color photographs, Rock and Roll, Chicken Tenders, and more.
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down "Every Body" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down "The Feeling Kind" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down "Kindness Be Conceived" on WNYC's Spinning On Air