Airs Thursday, January 16 at 8 p.m. Though his artistic pursuits are difficult to categorize stylistically, there is no doubt that mandolinist, composer, producer, educator and historian David Grisman has an insatiable appetite for music. Hist idiosyncratic artistic journey has been one of elaboration and refinement, so when he formed a trio in 2011 to explore the common musical roots of folk, country and jazz, it was a simple and logical extension of his musical activity.
Airs Thursday, December 19 at 8 p.m. As a singer whose live performances are a musical patchwork of contemporary Americana styles, Texas born Ruthie Foster is a unique artist in our time. She has created a repertoire that is seamlessly evocative of the life she lives, which comes out of the Baptist Church and the soul of southern Texas. Tune in to hear Ruthie Foster's SMF 2012 performance at the Charles H. Morris Center in Savannah.
Airs Thursday, November 28 at 8 p.m. Though her childhood was steeped in the culture of mining and Appalachia, Kathy Mattea wasn't really exposed to much traditional mountain music. But after the 2006 Sago mining disaster in her home state of West Virginia, she took her collection of mining and mountain songs and embarked on a project that literally changed her life. Tune in to this episode for a 2010 SMF performance by Kathy Mattea at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.
Airs Thursday, November 28 at 12 noon. Cantus is one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles, and with Alison Young, talk about the holiday, music, and food. This year's program will focus on the importance of heritage, including works from the Sacred Harp, Lakota Wiyanki by Herrington/Woodside, and features the premiere of Psalm of the Soil by Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Airs Friday, October 25 at 10 p.m. For this hour-long special, The Band co-founder and songwriter Robbie Robertson sits down with host Mike Etchart for a candid, insightful and revealing conversation on the behind-the-scenes history and dynamics of the group, and the inspiration and stories of some of their best known songs, like "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and many others that are interspersed throughout the program. Robbie also discusses the original influences of The Band and their music, and why their sound continues to influence contemporary groups like The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. Before there was "Americana".......there was The Band.