Singer Tomar Williams from the Austin soul band Tomar and the FC’s talk about how singing Michael Jackson’s “Ben”as a kid started him on a lifelong musical path. The the FC’s drummer Paul Kresowik explains how Al Jackson Jr’s drumming on Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man,” helped him understand what soul drumming was all about.
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Jim James’ second solo record is his most lyrically direct and overtly political work to date. Listen as he describes how an art and activism conference made him realize that he wanted to use his music as a way to inspire his fans to be politically active and how the work of artists like Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder showed him how to speak his mind in a poetic, musical and powerful way.
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The Shelters love to rock and their self titled record is a testament to that. But why do they rock? Would you believe Link Wray’s “Rumble”, the music of the Yardbirds and a Tom Petty concert sing-along all played a part in their sound? Well, believe it. Chase Simpson and Josh Jove from the LA-based band walk us through how playing worse is better and what the goal of a songwriter should be.
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Jenn Wasner of Flock of Dimes and Wye Oak takes you through why Joni Mitchell’s “Amelia” both comforts and terrifies her. And Lucy Dacus explains how The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” is a friendly ghost in her life, and how Prince’s “I Would Die 4 You,” helped expand her idea of how cool a song about God could be.
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