T. Jones - As the leader
of Booker T. & the MG's, Booker T. Jones is one of the architects of the Memphis soul sound of the 1960s. The band was
inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and charted a number of
hits - including 1962's No. 3 single “Green Onions” - as well as serving as the
Stax Records house band and backing a string of legendary singers including
Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd and Albert King. In the late '60s,
the MG's had a string of Top 40 hits that included "Hip Hug-Her,"
"Groovin'," "Soul-Limbo," "Hang 'em High," and
"Time Is Tight." During that time, Jones was also a full-time student
at Indiana University, where he studied composition and music
theory while doing shows and recording sessions during weekends and vacations.
Throughout his career, he has produced important releases for artists ranging
from Bill Withers and John Lee Hooker to Willie Nelson, Soul Asylum and the
Roots. His 2009 solo album “Potato Hole” paired him with the Drive-By Truckers
with a cameo by longtime fan Neil Young. Jones supported the release with live
dates in America, Europe, and the U.K. In 2011, he issued “The Road from Memphis” which paired him with Philadelphia-based
hip-hop/modern soul collective the Roots.
Jill Sobule - Back in 1995, singer/songwriter Jill
Sobule caused a stir in the alternative pop world -- and made headlines across
the country - with her playfully ambiguous hit “ I Kissed A Girl” and
“Supermodel,” a cynical take on the high-fashion world of modeling that was
featured in the film “Clueless.” After spending 1999 playing guitar with Lloyd
Cole's backing band the Negatives, Sobule’s career became even more diverse.
She worked in off-Broadway musicals, made an appearance on NBC's “West Wing,”
composed songs for the Nickelodeon series “Unfabulous,” co-starred in the
Eric Schaeffer film “Mind the Gap,” and composed the music for the off-Broadway
show “Prozak and the Platypus.” Her 2009 release, “California Years,” helped
pioneer the idea of fan-funded projects. Sobule raised more than $85,000 in
donations from 500 fans. In the words of “New York Times” pop music critic Jon
Pareles, "Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade.”
Standards - This folk-pop
trio formed as the Old Springs Pike in 1999 when the members were still in high
school, and for two years played around the Delaware/Pennsylvania area. A few
years after graduating, they found themselves all living within a few blocks of
each other in New York. The music is characterized by strong harmonies and
energetic, melodic tunes with all three members - James Cleare, James Smith and
Heather Robb - trading instruments. The band’s full-length debut, “Would Things
Be Different,” was released in 2010 and led to an appearance on “Conan O’Brien”
and tours with the likes of Squeeze, The Old 97s, Marc Broussard, The Clarks,
Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Ha Ha Tonka and Meg + Dia. In 2012, the band
will simultaneously release two EPs, "Yellow" and "Gold."
Dive - The four members
of Lake Street Dive met when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Jazz-schooled
and DIY-motivated, LSD takes its penchant for indie pop and stretches the
boundaries with its brand of acoustic, groove-driven pop. Drummer Mike
Calabrese and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson highlight the
vocals of jazz-inspired singer Rachel Price and the songwriting chops of bassist
Bridget Kearney. With members hailing from Tennessee, Iowa, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, The band’s self-titled third album - its
first national release - has expanded the buzz created by LSD’s series of
innovative performance videos posted on YouTube.
Kenny White - For
many years, White
was a fixture
in the NY
studio scene, writing
and producing hundreds of commercials for TV and radio.
His relationships with
Marc Cohn and
Shawn Colvin led
to his producing
Colvin‟s Grammy-nominated, “I Don‟t
Know Why” and to his involvement in Cohn‟s eponymous platinum debut record. White went on to produce three
records for legendary J Geils Band leader, Peter Wolf. His work in the studio enabled him to
assemble an A-list team of players for his debut, 2002‟s “Uninvited
Guest.” An early copy of his follow-up,
“Symphony in 16 Bars” landed in the hands of folk legend Judy Collins who then
signed White to
her own Wildflower
Records and released
the CD in
the winter of 2005.
In February 2010 he released “Comfort in the Static,” a showcase of
storyteller skills and striking arrangements.
This episode is scheduled for
NPR Distribution in March 2012.
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