Airs Friday, August 30 at 9 p.m. Joni Mitchell recently released her first album of new material in 10 years ("Shine,"), and award-winning producer Paul Ingles marks the occasion by hosting "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell," a two-hour examination of one of the most heralded songwriters of her time. In this third installment of his series on the seminal work of important figures in popular music, Ingles and his guests explore how Joni Mitchell crafted her artistry and connected with audiences over four decades. Mitchell put the experience of being a woman and being human on artful display through her blatantly honest and confessional lyrics, innovative open guitar tunings and jazz-inflected vocals. The program focuses on Mitchell's key releases to illuminate the musicianship of the woman "Rolling Stone" called "one of rock's most daring and uncompromising innovators." By mixing Mitchell's music from these pivotal moments with informed commentary from musicians, fans, music critics and archival interviews with Mitchell herself, "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell" articulates what music lovers have found so compelling about this thoughtful and innovative writer and performer. Special guests include music writers Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Paul Zollo, Lydia Hutchinson and Holly George-Warren. Also featured are musicians Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky and others.
Airs Friday, August 23 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature music new music by Jason Isbell, Terra Naomi, Lisa Loeb, The Howling Brothers and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.... plus music from Townes Van Zandt, Allison Crowe, Roy Book Binder, Robert Earl Keen and a couple of classic tracks from The Bluebirds. This week in our Concert Hour, Iris DeMent take the stage at the Newport Folk Festival 2013, and in our final hour we'll seek answers to One Simple Question. Join us Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.
Airs Friday, August 16 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature music by Sandy Denny, Smithfield Fair, Harvey Reid, Dennis Dunn, Andrew Cronshaw and Brigitte DeMeyer along with Shreveport's own Barbara Jarrell and a little Van Morrison to boot. Then Daniel Smalley joins me in the studio for some song and conversation about his new release, Get On My Side. On Be Quiet and Play The Music we take a walk in Boots of Spanish Leather. Join us Friday night at 9 p.m. for the Caravan on Red River Radio.
Airs Friday, August 9 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature an Americana flavor with new tracks from 3 Penny Acre, the Honey Dewdrops, and Rick Adams and some classic tracks from the Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neil Young. We'll have a concert set with John Wakefield & John Jordan and and a full blues concert with Buddy Flett and Josh Hyde. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll close the show with All The Pretty Little Horses. Join us for the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.
Airs Friday, August 2 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll turn the clock back a bit to 1967, 1969 and 1971 with live cuts from Janis Joplin, the Mammas & Pappas and Steppenwolf plus blues from Erin Mckeown, Buddy Flett, and Moby Grape. We'll also have new cuts from Andrew Bird and Caroline Fenn and some cool tracks from Lamb Chop and David Darling. Then in the concert hour we'll hear two from SXSW with the Choir of Young Believers and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll wander to Another Green World.