Jill Sobule returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live on West Virginia's State Capitol grounds. Since first breaking through with "I Kissed A Girl" in the mid-'90s, Sobule has maintained a loyal following. In 2009, she made news for helping pioneer the concept of fan-funded projects, raising $75,000 from 500 fans to produce, record and promote her album California Years.
Ornette Colemandied Thursday, at the age of 85. Listen to a pair of conversations with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet — Don Cherry and Charlie Haden — and his son, Denardo Coleman.
Thursdays this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a story about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singer-songwriter Joe Pug appears for the fourth time on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Pug took a non-traditional path to success in music: He left the University of North Carolina's playwright program for Chicago in his senior year to pursue songwriting full-time.
Pokey LaFarge makes his second visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The St. Louis singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist incorporates elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues and Western swing into his own original brand of Americana.
One of 2014's quiet surprises was Not So Deep As A Well, in which Montreal's Myriam Gendron set Dorothy Parker's poetry to little more than an acoustic guitar and a wry, wistful voice. Just when you think Parker's words have worn away Gendron, the singer twists or repeats a phrase in a way that unexpectedly cuts deeper, or even skews absurd.