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Mar 8, 2018

Andrew, who is comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello – is zeroing in on the work he does with his beloved trio: fellow string guru Mike Mezzatesta, whose versatility shines through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney, holding it down on the bass,...


Mar 4, 2018

Betsayda's voice can be heard in the secret villages just a short bus ride from Caracas, tucked deep in foliage. On the right day, and her and her band beat with the pulse and poetry of a band strolling from house to house referenced as parranda, a sound that finds earthy, moving expression in the voice.   

She is...


Mar 16, 2017

 

Under threat from large organizations like National Public Radio, college and community radio stations are losing their place on the airwaves. We heard from some of their stories and look at what the future might hold. 

We spoke with following folks: Jennifer Waits of Spinning Indie and Radio Survivor, Sharon Scott...


Mar 2, 2009

We were fortunate to catch up with the kora playing legend, Toumani Diabate, during a tour with his symmetric orchestra on a stop at the University of Rhode Island as part of the 10th anniversairy of the URI Pangea Roots music series back in 2008.

He performs solo, with the symmetric orchestra, and on special...


Dec 19, 2008


Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music.

He received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University and began a career in health and educational information systems, with...