Sessions

  • Laurie Lewis

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    Fiddler and bluegrass song stylist Laurie Lewis has been wowing audiences for more than 30 years. A Grammy Award-winner and two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Lewis is best known for her instrumental skill and as the best female interpreter of the Ralph Stanley vocal style. Her career now is equally focused on touring, recording and teaching the next generation of bluegrass singers. West Coast-based, she is also an environmental activist and green educator.
  • Peggy Seeger

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    For singer, songwriter, activist Peggy Seeger, a life with folk music was most likely a foregone conclusion. Her mother, Ruth Porter Crawford, was a composer who transcribed folk songs for the Library of Congress. Her brothers, Pete and Mike, are considered among the folk elite. Peggy met collaborator and partner Ewan MacColl through their shared love of the music. With a catalog of politically and personally charged songs to her name, Seeger continues to be a powerful presence into her 70s.
  • John Cowan

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    As a member of the New Grass Revival, John Cowan helped reinvent and reinvigorate American roots music. Starting in the '70s, New Grass spanned the gap between bluegrass and contemporary country, paying respect to tradition while connecting with a younger generation. As a solo artist and with the John Cowan Band, Cowan has continued his path as a skillful musical innovator, once more mining the richness of the American acoustic idiom. He visited the Folk Alley studios with his band to chat and play a song or two.
  • Lissa Schneckenburger

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    Lissa Schneckenburger grew up in Maine listening to a variety of folk music. When she was still quite young, Schneckenburger begged her parents to let her learn to fiddle and she's been playing ever since. She trained at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and began touring even before she graduated. Now, Schneckenburger is out on the road nearly full time, gathering fans and expanding her repertoire of trad-based songs. Listen to her perform and talk to Folk Alley's Jim Blum.
  • Antje Duvekot

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    Antje Duvekot is a rising star on the singer/ songwriter circuit. Her music combines strong melody with true insight into people and the unexpected twists and turns that life often takes. She learned about being tossed to the wind when she was 14 and her mother remarried " uprooting her from an idyllic German childhood for a new language and a different culture halfway around the world. In 2006, she was rewarded for her perseverance and talent with a win at the New Folk songwriting contest at Kerrville.
  • Suzzy Roche

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    As one-third of the beloved sister group The Roches, Suzzy Roche has spent three decades creating beautiful harmonies. After a break that led to her work on the CDs Zero Church and Why the Long Face, Suzzy and her sisters, Terre and Maggie, are back together on Moonswept, where they welcome the next generation, Suzzy's daughter Lucy, into the fold. Guest Karen Schaefer speaks to Suzzy and Lucy about making music the family way.
  • Eric Bibb

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    Eric Bibb is the product of a musician and an educator so it's only natural that his life's work has taken both roads, building a name for himself as a talented blues singer/songwriter/guitarist and as an artist who understands the role social history plays in the music. While on tour in support of his critically praised CD Diamond Days, Bibb took time out to talk with Jim Blum about his long and interesting musical journey.
  • Robinella

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    Robinella possesses a captivating voice that holds on to listeners and carries them deep into her songs - mostly a mix of bittersweet originals (with a hint of her southern roots) and old-time songs pulled from an early-20th century American songbook. The singer usually travels with her husband, Cruz Contreras, and their baby, but she was on a trip alone (traveling with the Greencards) when she stopped by the WKSU studios to drink tea with Jim Blum and talk about turning life into beautifully lasting music.