Folk, Jazz & World

  • Janis Ian performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    At age 14, Janis Ian wrote a controversial song that sailed to the top of the charts. It was 1964, and "Society's Child" told the story of a forbidden interracial romance. Nearly 50 years later, Ian is still making bold statements with her music.Midmorning, April 27, 2011
  • Mpls. musician takes low-key approach to his work
    Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ben Weaver is known for deeply imagistic lyrics and an ability to reduce songs to their bare elements. He won't tell you what he thinks his song "East Jefferson" means. That's for you to decide.April 15, 2011
  • Patti Austin in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    Grammy-award winner Patti Austin stops by to talk about her 53 year musical career, a career that began at age 4 on the stage of the famed Apollo Theater.Midmorning, March 7, 2011
  • Rodney Crowell in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio
    What do you get when you grow up poor, as an only child of a drunk father and a holy-rolling mother? How about an acclaimed musician, songwriter and now author of the book "Chinaberry Sidewalks." Hear Rodney share his story, through words and songs.Midmorning, March 1, 2011
  • A painful history retold through jazz music
    Growing up, jazz guitarist David Becker heard stories of how the Japanese captured his Dutch grandparents during the invasion of Indonesia in World War II. On his new album "Batavia," he retells his family's adventures through music.November 26, 2010
  • Reviving the great American songbook
    Songwriter and musician Adam Levy is exploring the great American Songbook, a collection of songs created between 1925 and 1960 that he believes shapes our notions of American music. He performs some classics of the jazz canon live in the Maude Mood Weyerhauser studios, with help from some musical guests.Midmorning, November 12, 2010
  • Singer-songwriter collects friends along the way
    Dar Williams' latest album is a retrospective with a twist. On "Many Great Companions," the coffee-house veteran collaborates with some of her contemporaries to breathe new life into some of her old favorites.Midmorning, October 29, 2010
  • Meg Hutchinson, a musician singing to writers
    Singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson says it's entirely appropriate that she's appearing at the Sinclair Lewis Writer's Conference this weekend, as she's always considered herself more of a writer than a musician.October 5, 2010
  • Saxophonist defies smooth jazz label
    Saxophonist David Sanborn has often been associated with smooth jazz, but he says his roots are in the blues. He joins Midmorning to talk about his influences and his long career.Midmorning, August 19, 2010
  • Singer Ruth Moody goes solo on new album
    Singer Ruth Moody, the founding member of A Prairie Home Companion favorite The Wailin' Jennys, is out with her first full-length solo album, "The Garden." She spoke with MPR's Steven John.August 6, 2010
  • Richfield: Pickin' party at the strip mall music shop
    Bluegrass, country, Cajun, Celtic, and Tejano music might not be the first thing you think of when you see the strip mall located near 66th Street and Penn Avenue South in Richfield, but that's what you'll find at the Homestead Pickin' Parlor.July 30, 2010
  • An unconventional path to a charming life
    Joan Armatrading has collected honorary degrees and even accolades from Queen Elizabeth for her eclectic music spanning folk, blues, and rock. And yet she feels her character hasn't changed at all over her prolific 40-year career.Midmorning, July 29, 2010
  • Old 'treasured' recordings of Spider John Koerner released
    Minnesota folk music legend Spider John Koerner performs Friday night at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, marking the release of some vintage recordings that feature him in two different phases of his career.July 9, 2010
  • Doc Severinsen, The Tonight Show and beyond
    Jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen talks about his many decades playing music, leading bands and his long running gig on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.Midmorning, June 22, 2010
  • Loudon Wainwright III sings about the 'New Depression'
    From his 1970 debut album to his more recent work, the songs of Loudon Wainwright III have provided a keen and humorous commentary on his personal relationships, society, and current affairs. His most recent album takes a look at the country's current economic woes.Midmorning, April 15, 2010

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