Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

World Cafe Nashville: Rhiannon Giddens

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The singer, fiddler and banjo player performs songs from Freedom Highway, which she wrote to tell the stories of victims of racialized violence throughout American history.


Songs We Love: Tyler Childers, 'Lady May'

Thursday, June 08, 2017

With a rocky, resonant voice, the Kentucky-based songwriter connects Appalachia to Nashville. Childers' official debut album is co-produced by Sturgill Simpson.


Songs We Love: Glen Campbell, 'Arkansas Farmboy'

Friday, June 02, 2017

The bluegrass-blessed ballad channels the experience of memories growing at once more vivid and more disordered — as they do for everyone, but especially for someone with dementia.


World Cafe Nashville: Colter Wall

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The country singer's startlingly deep voice and the hard-won wisdom in his songwriting belie his young age. Hear a performance and interview.


All Songs +1: Brandi Carlile Reflects On 10 Years Of 'The Story'

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NPR Music's Ann Powers talks with Brandi Carlile about the singer's efforts to raise money and awareness for children who are affected by war and conflict.


Songs We Love: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, 'If We Were Vampires'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wedding songs are hard, but marriage songs are harder. In this one, Isbell confronts reality, the downsides of shared days and the resilience that helps a couple overcome them.


Styles Of The Times

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

With the release of his debut solo album, the former boy band singer Harry Styles is getting credit for a smooth transition from teen pop to rock and roll. As if you could ever separate the two.


World Cafe Nashville: Angaleena Presley

Monday, May 15, 2017

On her new album, Wrangled, Presley fearlessly addresses a country music milieu that, in her view, is downright hostile to women who speak their minds. Hear an interview and performance.


Hear The Nominees For This Year's Americana Awards On World Cafe

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday. Hear interviews and performances from some of the nominees, including the Drive-By Truckers and Sturgill Simpson.


World Cafe Nashville: Chris And Morgane Stapleton

Friday, May 05, 2017

For his new album, the country legend-in-the-making and his wife recorded fresh versions of songs culled from his years as a highly regarded Nashville songwriter. Hear their interview with World Cafe.


World Cafe Nashville: Ruby Amanfu

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Amanfu's sung with everyone from the Nashville Symphony Chorus to Kelly Clarkson to Jack White. Hear her perform unreleased songs with the instrumental duo Steelism.


First Listen: Various Artists, Brandi Carlile's 'Cover Stories'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Adele, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers, Dolly Parton and 10 more beloved musicians cover songs from Carlile's revered album, The Story.


World Cafe Nashville: Charlie Worsham

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Worsham's the guy many country music lovers love the most. With his new album, Beginning Of Things, it's time for the rest of the world to catch up.


Basking In Sin: Some Initial Thoughts On Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'

Friday, April 14, 2017

The NPR Music staff spent Friday morning listening to the rapper's new album. Here are eight reactions to what will likely go down as one of the best albums of 2017.


Hear Chris Stapleton's First Single From His Forthcoming Album

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Broken Halos" is the first taste of From A Room: Volume 1.


First Listen: Charlie Worsham, 'Beginning Of Things'

Thursday, April 13, 2017

With his wry, subtle wit intact, the Nashville mainstay embraces great playing, sophisticated lyricism and the insight that comes from being the guy in the room who sits back and takes it all in.


Songs We Love: The Secret Sisters, 'Tennessee River Runs Low'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Alabama's humid sense of wonder runs through The Secret Sisters' third album, You Don't Own Me Anymore. Visual folk artists Butch Anthony and John Henry Toney appear in the duo's new video.


World Cafe Nashville: Kyshona

Thursday, March 23, 2017

By day, this Nashville transplant is a music therapist; by night, she's a soul singer with a compassionate, uplifting voice.


Bittersweet Little Rock And Roller

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chuck Berry's life story includes serious mistreatment of women, but fully reckoning with his legacy means also acknowledging the women and girls who made his groundbreaking rock and roll possible.


Songs We Love: Rose Cousins, 'White Flag'

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cousins becomes of part of the vast, rocky coastline of Nova Scotia in an exquisite black and white video for the songwriter's meditation on loss and loneliness.