Airs Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Growing up in the South Carolina low country, Shannon Whitworth was always surrounded by water, before she decided to make her home in the North Carolina mountains. It's the reason that the themes of water and mountains surface regularly in her songs, alongside the women about whom she writes. There are women who run, who hope, who love the wrong man, and when true love is present, women who return.
Airs Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. The music of Brazil encompasses a wealth of styles influenced by African, European, and Amerindian forms. After 500 years of history, Brazilian music has developed many unique and original styles such as choro, samba, and bossa nova, all of which have melded with other musical genres from around the world. In this episode, we listen to music performed by Toots Thielemans, Oscar Castro-Neves, Hamilton de Holanda, and Gabriel Grossi, among others.
Airs Thursday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. Bluegrass maven Doyle Lawson & his band Quicksilver during Savannah Music Festival original production entitled "Long Time Travelin'," which also featured Tim Eriksen, Dan & Rayna Gellert, Jim Lauderdale, Matt Hinton and the Tatnall River Shapenote Singers. As far back as he can remember, Doyle Lawson loved the sound of music. When he was growing up, just about everyone listened to the Grand Ole Opry, and his family was no exception. Of all the stars that played the Opry, the group that impressed Doyle the most was Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys. Doyle described their sound as "high lonesome," and it made him want to play that kind of music. On this episode, we listen to National Heritage Fellow Doyle Lawson performing with his band Quicksilver during the "Long Time Travelin'" show at the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile live from the 2009 Savannah Music Festival in the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Composer/Singer/Mandolinist Chris Thile released his first recording when he was just 13. But that was half his life ago, and the now 28-year old virtuoso is involved in an ensemble that has occupied his life since 2007 called the Punch Brothers. It was after the breakup of his very popular contemporary acoustic group Nickel Creek that Thile joined four of his musical buddies to conceive a modern bluegrass band - one with a lot of range, but aesthetically a bluegrass band. Tune in for an episode featuring the Punch Brothers' incredible performance at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts earlier this year during the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. A summit of keyboard virtuosos including Eddie Palmieri, Henry Butler, Bob Seeley and Aaron Goldberg. In the international music world, there are literally dozens of piano competitions across the globe. However, in jazz and blues music, the spirit of friendly competition has always been a part of the tradition. In this second episode, we'll hear more solos and duets by four distinct, versatile and unique players from different generations. Octogenarian and boogie woogie specialist Bob Seeley shares the stage with Aaron Goldberg, who is not even half his age. New Orleans-based Henry Butler and Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri round out this one-time-only production recorded at the 2009 Savannah Music Festival.