Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

World Cafe Nashville: Ketch Secor Of Old Crow Medicine Show

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ketch Secor is a Renaissance man who not only continues to make great music with Old Crow, but has also branched out into children's education.


A Woman's Rage: Songs About Being Fed Up

Thursday, October 11, 2018

To cope with the tumult of a difficult week and the anniversary of the #MeToo movement, music critic Ann Powers spent the week with music from women expressing one thing: Being fed up.


World Cafe Nashville: The War And Treaty

Friday, September 28, 2018

This duo makes inspirational music pulled from Americana roots music and the couple's personal experience of surviving and thriving in the sometimes perilous 21st Century.


Pistol Annies Release Three New Songs In Preview Of New Album, 'Interstate Gospel'

Thursday, September 27, 2018

One day after performing the songs in Nashville, the country supergroup has released all three digitally ahead of the release of its new album, Interstate Gospel.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Jewly Hight about the standout performances and surprising discoveries at this year's AMERICANAFEST.


Hear Al Green's First New Recording In Nearly A Decade

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The legendary singer returns with a version of the Freddy Fender country weeper "Before the Next Teardrop Falls."


Chaka Khan, Graham Nash Among Performers Celebrating Joni Mitchell's 75th Birthday

Thursday, September 06, 2018

A pair of concerts scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 in Los Angeles will see a deep roster of famed artists performing songs from throughout Mitchell's deep catalog.


Hear Prince's Intimate Home Recording Of The Song '17 Days'

Thursday, September 06, 2018

The song appears on Piano & A Microphone 1983, an upcoming collection of cassette recordings Prince made at his home studio.


Playlist: Music From Aretha Franklin's Homegoing

Friday, August 31, 2018

Get taken to church with gospel songs by The Clark Sisters and Marvin Sapp, and remember that Bill Clinton played Aretha Franklin's "Think" off his phone.


First Listen: Paul Simon, 'In The Blue Light'

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Revision's redemptive potential permeates Paul Simon's 14th solo album. In the Blue Light features ten recordings of old works, newly considered.


Mourning From The Ground Up: Aretha's Funeral Is Part Of A Joyful American Tradition

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

While it's not wrong to observe decorum and sombre reflection in the wake of such a loss, there's no reason that honoring a life as monumental as Aretha's can't be joyful — and yes, entertaining.


First Listen: Aaron Lee Tasjan, 'Karma For Cheap'

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a lifelong student of cool rock moves, and could fit the every-rocker part if he weren't such a relatable oddball.


A Conversation On The Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with Ann Powers, Marissa Lorusso and Sidney Madden about some of the greatest songs released by women and non-binary artists in the past 18 years.


The Life And Legacy Of Aretha Franklin: An All Songs Considered Remembrance

Friday, August 17, 2018

In this career-spanning conversation, we trace Aretha Franklin's journey, from her earliest days singing gospel in her father's church to becoming one of the most influential artists of all time.


Remembering Aretha Franklin

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer Thursday. Her hits, from the 1960s to the 1980s, helped define the era. NPR's Noel King talks to NPR music critic Ann Powers about the singer's legacy.


Aretha Franklin Was America's Truest Voice

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Her music has been sung at marches and political rallies, heard in churches and on chain restaurant jukeboxes. Everything popular music can be is there in the songs of Aretha Franklin.


World Cafe Nashville: Liz Cooper And The Stampede

Monday, August 13, 2018

Call it psychedelic, call it classic or call it the sound of new Nashville. Liz Cooper and The Stampede is leading the rock pack in Tennessee right now.


World Cafe Nashville: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Thursday, August 02, 2018

This undefinable five-piece band boasts a blend of charisma, musical chops, sing-along harmonies and breakneck creativity.


Women On The Verge: At The End Of The '90s, A Few Artists Set The Stage For A New Era

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Though they emerged in the 1990s, the impact of musicians like Missy Elliott, Britney Spears, Gillian Welch and Lauryn Hill can be felt all over our list of the greatest songs of the 21st century.


World Cafe Nashville: Birdtalker

Monday, July 16, 2018

There's a beautiful reflectiveness within Birdtalker's song that comes from Zack Green's soul-searching and Dani Green's skill with story and metaphor.