Blues

6:21am

Sun August 19, 2012
Music Al Fresco

A Honky-Tonk Duo Takes The Piano Outdoors

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 2:41 pm

Pianist Kirby Lee Hammel and drummer Jake Alexander perform as Clangin' & Bangin' at an Oakland farmers market.
Nina Thorsen KQED

Weekend Edition continues its series on the sounds of music al fresco with a musical act founded on a very inconvenient choice. You'd think a street musician would want to travel light when selecting an instrument — say, a ukulele, a violin, maybe a guitar. But a piano?

"It's about 300 pounds," says Kirby Lee Hammel. "Only one pulled muscle in the last year and a half, I think."

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3:06pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Curtis Salgado: A Blues Man On The Mend

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:52 pm

opbmusic.org

Curtis Salgado is a blues icon in Oregon. During his 40-year career in music, he's held long stints with The Robert Cray Band, fronted Roomful of Blues and done his own thing with The Nighthawks and Curtis Salgado & The Stilettos. Growing up in Eugene, Salgado began playing music on the guitar, but fell in love with the sound of blues harmonica and changed course. When he inherited a small amount of money for education, his parents used it to pay for vocal lessons, which helped Salgado nurture his huge voice.

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10:12am

Mon July 30, 2012
All Songs Considered Blog

First Watch: Mirel Wagner, 'To The Bone'

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 12:58 pm

Courtesy of the artist

A simple approach is often the most affecting. In "To The Bone," the latest video from folk and blues artist Mirel Wagner, the singer slowly rises and sinks in a black pool of water, illuminated only by the faintest light. Wagner slowly turns, falls back, and rises again before something pulls her back under. It's both a seductive and unsettling metaphor for love's darker side.

In an email, Wagner described how the video came together.

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5:35pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Mix

The Mix: New Orleans, Inside Out

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:17 pm

A Mardi Gras Indian performs at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival, held in New Orleans City Park.
Jason Saul WWNO

Louisiana music has such a hold on music lovers around the world that nearly every popular artist borrows from it. Or replicates it. Or, some might say, steals from it.

There's plenty to go around. From classical to Cajun and blues to bounce, Louisiana has expanded the American songbook while teaching the rest of the planet to "shake dat thing." And we haven't even mentioned Louis Armstrong yet.

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12:21pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Mountain Stage

Tracy Nelson On Mountain Stage

This is Tracy Nelson's 16th appearance on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

11:49am

Thu November 10, 2011
Jazz

Mary Flower And Pat Donohue On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 11:33 am

Mary Flower and Pat Donohue perform on Mountain Stage in Grand Marais, Minn., at the North House Folk School.
Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

The guitar-slinging duo of Pat Donohue and Mary Flower kicked off this Mountain Stage road show, recorded on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. As the house guitarist for A Prairie Home Companion, Pat Donohue is one of America's most gifted players, and one of a select few to have a Martin signature model that bears his name. His song "Would You Like to Play the Guitar" is one of the most insightful and funny songs ever written about the life of a working musician.

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