The Songcircle

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Airs at: Fri, 05/14/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Every Friday from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The Songcircle blends songs from various eras and genres to reveal new connections, exposing forgotten artists and discovering new ones, exploring connective themes and topics, or responding to the events of the day.

Studio guests have included Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Buck (REM), Rodriguez, Joe Ely, Laura Veirs, Eric Andersen, Wesley Stace (a.k.a. John Wesley Harding), Dan Bern, Richmond Fontaine, Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5/Young Fresh Fellows), Jane Siberry, Freakwater, Erin McKeown, Barry McGuire ("Eve of Destruction"), Annalisa Tornfelt, The Von Trapps, Casey Neill, Tim Buckley lyricist Larry Beckett, noted music writers Greil Marcus and Peter Guralnick, and many others, as well as phone conversations with Peter Case, Jason Isbell, Colin Blunstone and Chris White of The Zombies, Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Peter Asher, and Elvis Costello keyboardist Steve Nieve.

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The Songcircle on 05/07/21

Airs at: Fri, 05/07/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Rebroadcast: Encounters with Eric Andersen

Airs at: Fri, 04/30/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The long-awaited documentary about Eric, The Songpoet, is finally in wide release this week -- available to stream on-demand via PBS -- so it seems an opportune time to re-air our in-depth look at his career, complete with Songcircle-exclusive, live-at-KBOO performances. Or... Read more

Tim Buckley- Merry Go Round At The Carousel

Airs at: Fri, 04/23/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Tim Buckley had an amazing voice and a mercurial presence that has been captured over the years in various live recordings. This Friday, 4/23, on the SongCircle, Join me, guest host Phil G, as I interview Hawk Semins of the Owsley Stanley Foundation regarding their latest r... Read more

Blues in the Mississippi Night: 3 Legendary Bluesmen Talk Jim Crow

Airs at: Fri, 04/16/2021 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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On today's abbreviated, hour-long edition of The Songcircle, we present in its entirety the invaluable, historic recording Blues in the Mississippi Night. Recorded by the great folklorist Alan Lomax in New York City in 1947, it features three legendary performers -- Big Bil... Read more

The Songcircle on 04/16/21

Airs at: Fri, 04/16/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 04/09/21

Airs at: Fri, 04/09/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Talking with Wesley Stace about the Songs of John Wesley Harding

Airs at: Fri, 04/02/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle welcomes our first guest since February, 2020! And it's "returning champion" Wesley Stace, a.k.a. John Wesley Harding, with whom we Zoomed this week to talk about his new compilation released today, The Good Lyre: Songs of John Wesley Harding. The tracklist f... Read more

Wishing for a Farewell to Arms; Wishing Don Heffington a Fond Farewell

Airs at: Fri, 03/26/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Songs about the scourge of the Second Amendment from The Avett Brothers, Dan Bern, Casey Neill (a Songcircle exclusive!) and others. Then, we say goodbye to beloved Americana drummer and musical artist Don Heffington through songs he played on by Bob Dylan, Victoria William... Read more

La La La, De Da Da Da, Bomp Bomp Bomp, Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding

Airs at: Fri, 03/19/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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A handful of songs about how nonsense can sometimes make the most sense. Also, a freshly minted soul masterpiece from Bruno Mars' and Anderson .Paak's new project Silk Sonic, a spotlight on a classic album by The Lovin' Spoonful, brand new music from songwriting heroes Ani ... Read more

Royals, Lockdown, and Public Transportation

Airs at: Fri, 03/12/2021 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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A set of songs about what everyone's been talking about this week - the royal family - leads off today's show, which also features songs about love and buses from 1945, 1965, and 1985, a never-released George Harrison tune, and a vintage live-at-KBOO set from the songwriter... Read more