Some Very Independent Songwriters

Celebrate the Independence Day weekend with some very independent songwriters. Br. Danielson (aka Daniel Smith, of the Danielson Famile) sings about his world and his faith from his own unique angle, building songs that are as compelling as they are peculiar. His recordings have aired on Spinning On Air before, but this week he visits WNYC (along with special guest sideman Sufjan Stevens) for an in-studio performance and an interview with host David Garland.

Another distinctive songwriter, Joanna Newsom, sings and plays the concert pedal harp, creating songs that are bursting with intriguing imagery, unconventional tunefullness, and a fresh vitality that's exciting listeners.

From Joanna we'll hear performances recorded last week on WFMU (courtesy of Irwin Chusid). All this, plus the Dirty Projectors--a band led by songwriter Dave Longstreth who bends his voice and his songs into new and surprising and passionate shapes..

» See pictures of Br. Danielson performing live on WNYC!