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Players On Players: Songwriter Erin McKeown Meets NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In a new experiment straight from the Soundcheck test kitchen, Players On Players pairs a musician with an athlete to explore the intersection of music and sports. In this installment, songwriter Erin McKeown talks with ex-football player and current NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth.

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Players On Players With Erin McKeown And Domonique Foxworth; Christian McBride Trio Live; Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In this episode: Soundcheck's Players On Players continues with songwriter Erin McKeown and Domonique Foxworth, a former Baltimore Raven, current president of the NFL Players Association, and future student at Harvard Business School.

Plus, the acclaimed and well-traveled jazz bassist (and occasional Soundcheck guest host) Christian McBride performs in the Soundcheck studio with his new trio comprised of two young guns of jazz, pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.

And producer Gretta Cohn talks with Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd about his new solo record, which you can stream all this week in our Check Ahead.

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Players On Players: Songwriter Erin McKeown Meets Football Player Wade Davis

Monday, August 19, 2013

In a new experiment straight from the Soundcheck test kitchen, Players On Players pairs a musician with an athlete to explore the intersection of music and sports. In this initial segment, songwriter Erin McKeown talks with football player Wade Davis.

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Gig Alert: Erin McKeown

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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The eclectic singer-songwriter Erin McKeown plays at Madison Square Park on Thursday night. Download "The Politician."

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The Handsome Family: Dark Americana, In The Studio

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Handsome Family -- led by the husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks -- have been making their idiosyncratic Americana for more than twenty years.  Over the course of ten albums, they’ve sung murder ballads, myths and tales of historical figures, like Amelia Earhart and Nikola Tesla. Above all, they’re storytellers. Now, for their latest album, called Wilderness, the band has taken a journey into all things wild -- with every song named after an animal.

The Handsome Family joins guest host Erin McKeown to play songs from the new album. See them play on Saturday June 29th at The Knitting Factory

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Holy History: Venues As Sacred Space

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Erin McKeown reflects on the connections we have with venues: Whether its a baseball stadium, a theater, an arena or a rock club, venues transcend the sports and music they house.

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It's Not Just About The Fights: The Zambonis Get Me To Love Hockey

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Just in time for the Stanley Cup finals, musician Erin McKeown chats with the hockey-themed band The Zambonis about why she should get into the sport.

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Four Sports Musicals I'd Pay To See (Or Write)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Musician Erin McKeown has been delving into musical theater for a new project and dreams up a few sports-related shows she'd love to see.

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An NFL Lineman Finds His Inner Troubadour

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Musician Erin McKeown talks with former NFL offensive lineman Brian Barthelmes, now a the frontman for indie folk band Tallahassee.

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Transition Game: Athletes Who Make It In Music

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

For most athletes, retirement offers an opportunity to pursue other interests. While many turn to the broadcast booth or business ventures, a few turn to music, either as musicians or for careers in the industry. Musician Erin McKeown talks with former Division I basketball player Christen Greene, now a music business manager for bands such as The Lumineers.

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Sports And Music Offer Catharsis And Distraction

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A few nights ago, my friend Susan Werner began her show in Franklin, Mass. in an unusual way. Werner, a crafty singer-songwriter and genius multi-instrumentalist, donned her old, beat-up Red Sox hat (despite being from Chicago by way of Iowa), sat down silently at the piano, and tenderly plucked out the melody to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." Whether they were sports fans or not -- though by osmosis, heredity, and peer pressure most folks in the Boston metro area are -- the audience immediately recognized the song and sang the rest of the words as Werner simply grinned. It was a lovely moment of catharsis after a week that had left even the most stoic or cynical person weary.

Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown.

I too have found myself looking for some similar kind of antidote to the strained voices of my local broadcasters, the cable outlets all jockeying for scoops, and the breakneck true-false-true rumor mill of own Twitter feed. So I spent the weekend recording, sitting in with my friend songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee, performing at my local shop for Record Store Day, and joining Susan onstage for the rest of her show. I was reminded of how music is such a lovely counterweight to panic and anxiety.

While music offers a certain type of emotional solace and respite after public tragedy, sports is also often pointed to as a place of “healing” -- a word used far too often for my taste when describing the experience of going to a game. Healing takes time, healing is personal, healing lasts longer than an anthem sung together. Or the generous gesture of a front page to an out of town sports section. Or a surprise visit to Fenway park by Neil Diamond to perform his “Sweet Caroline.”

 

 

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Incomplete Pass: Will Watching Sports Online Remain A Game Of Frustration?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Musician Erin McKeown reflects on how, compared to digital music listening services, watching sports online is way behind the curve.

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Finding Musical Moments In Sports

Monday, April 01, 2013

Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown reflects on the intersecting worlds of music and sports fandom.

+ More: The Return of Baseball!

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Erin McKeown Plays Live; Eva Tanguay, The Queen Of Vaudeville

Friday, January 18, 2013

Folk-rock singer-songwriter and recent Harvard University fellow Erin McKeown returns with a new, politically charged album called Manifestra – she performs some of it live in our studio. Then, she talks with John Schaefer about one of her other big passions: sports.

Plus, we get a glimpse into the life of vaudeville actress and singer Eva Tanguay -- a flamboyant entertainer who was one of the biggest stars of her time. We're joined by the writer Andrew Erdman, whose new book is called Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva TanguayAnd, musicians Bree Benton and Franklin Bruno perform some of Tanguay's hit songs live in our studio.

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What Made Your Year? Erin McKeown Gives Us Her Answer

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Singer/songwriter Erin McKeown has had a busy 2009.  She plays about 200 live shows a year and just released her eighth album, Hundreds of Lions. But it was going to someone else's concert that made a mark on her personally.

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Gig Alerts: Erin McKeown

Friday, December 04, 2009

Erin McKeown
"Santa Cruz"
Playing at: Highline Ballroom
(431 West 16th Street, Chelsea)
Get: Tickets | Directions

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