Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore spend most of their lives on the road, both as members of Steve Earle’s band, The Dukes, and as the husband and wife duo, The Mastersons. Their discussion with Elizabeth touches on Daniel Lanios’ late night landscapes; the harmonies of Emmylou Harris, The Louvin Brothers and The Jayhawks and how one Johnny Gimble fiddle solo changed their lives and shaped the sound of their latest record “Transient Lullaby.”
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Singer-Songwriter Brett Dennen describes the first time he heard Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want,” explains how it revealed the kind of artist he would later strive to be, and describes the process he went through making his new record “Por Favor.” Then listener Joanna Castillo tells us why Kathy Mattea’s song “Where’ve You Been” always makes her want to cry.
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Kevin Russell has been making some of the best music in Austin since his days with the Gourds, but it wasn’t until he really found his soul groove with his solo project Shinyribs that he truly found his mission — to dance and get the world to dance with him. Hear how “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas got him started down that path and get yourself a snack of greasy greens and boudin as Kevin gives you a primer on swamp pop.
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Scott Hansen, the main producer and songwriter for the ambient electronic project Tycho, is a master of using sound to evoke emotional responses. But communication, especially verbal communication, didn’t always come easy to him. Listen as he describes how “ROYGBIV” by Boards of Canada helped him understand that his most effective form of expression was instrumental electronic music.
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JR JR has been making catchy indie pop music for the better part of the decade. But where did this hook-laden infectious music come from? Listen in as the band members recount how their experiences with live shows by The Grateful Dead, a mysterious glow at a Tonic concert, a case of Led Zeppelin misidentification, the love of Mars Volta noise and playing jazz at a nursing home helped the band find their musical selves. It all wraps up with Josh, Daniel, Bryan and Mike having a moment talking about the real reasons they make music. Protip — listen all the way to the end. It’s worth it.
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