Monday, September 30, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
In this episode: Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy discusses his latest project: composing music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's drama "Betrayal."
Plus: Nicholson Baker’s new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a man who is having a hard time writing a new book — so he picks up a guitar instead. Baker discusses the book and the real-life companion album he recorded.
And: Sarah Jarosz is just 22, but she’s already made a mark on the folk and bluegrass scene thanks to her deep bluegrass knowledge and exceptional instrumental skills. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Texas plays live.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
In this episode: Pauline Black, frontwoman for the influential British 2-Tone ska band The Selecter, discusses her recent memoir, Black By Design, and a new album, String Theory.
Plus: The idea that country music is a “white genre” is one that’s been stubbornly hanging on for a long time. A new anthology by Diane Pecknold, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, sets its sights on shattering that understanding.
And: North Carolina-based country and folk duo Mandolin Orange brings its rootsy songs to the Soundcheck studio.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
In this episode: Grammy Award-winning mandolin player and singer Ricky Skaggs talks about Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music, a new memoir about his family's long Southern lineage, his prodigious childhood, and his latest album with Bruce Hornsby.
And Gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello -- who recently released its sixth album, Pura Vida Conspiracy -- brings its high-energy songs to the Soundcheck studio.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Stuck in transit this Memorial Day weekend? Take our hourlong special with America's funniest banjo player with you.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Since her 2005 debut, Abigail Washburn has paired the sounds of traditional American bluegrass and the folk music and arts of China. Nearly twenty years after her fascination with China began, the songwriter, and clawhammer banjo extraordinaire is dramatizing her own story in a new staged piece, Post-American Girl. Watch Washburn perform "Taiyang Chulai" in the Soundcheck studio.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Hear banjos, dulcimers, fiddles and other instruments used in traditional American string band music, New Sounds-style on this show. There’s music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John. Plus, from the back wall of the New Sounds library, listen to the trio, Ellipsis (from the early 1980’s, on Flying Fish Records), who combine bluegrassy and folk instrumentation with minimalism and Indonesian elements.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Punch Brothers just aren’t as young as they used to be – but that’s not saying much, considering that frontman Chris Thile recorded his first album as an 11-year-old with bluegrass band Nickel Creek. However, on Punch Brothers’ latest record, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?,” the five-piece band (now all in their mid-20s to early-30s) seems more energetic than ever. The group brings their rollicking string-band rock to the Greene Space for a live performance.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A Bluegrass Top 10 hit and critical acclaim are nice – but when you’ve had a stretch of hometown highway named after you? That’s when you know you’ve arrived. Minnesota’s fast-playing bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles join us live in studio with a just-released album called "Stars and Satellites," and to tell us about the newly christened "Trampled By Turtles Trail." (Pilgrims, take note: it’s on I-35 between Minneapolis and Duluth).
Thursday, March 29, 2012
By Kerry Nolan : WNYC/WQXR News Host
Earl Scruggs is a huge figure in the American music pantheon. That he helped create modern country music, that he influenced generations of musicians with his three-finger pick and roll style of playing the banjo, that he brought the songs of Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn into the country-bluegrass fold is only part of what he was able to create. Watch videos of Scruggs performing here.