Shemekia Copeland: March 3, 2009
This session gives strong evidence why Shemekia was presented Koko Taylor's crown by Koko's daughter, and pronounced to be the new 'Queen of the Blues' in 2011. She's a tremendous singer, and here she recalls her childhood in Harlem and her Dad Johnny while showcasing tracks from her Never Going Back CD.
Shemekia Copeland - Words and Music - 2009
Del Fuegos: February 8, 2012
Their rootsy garage rock made them an essential Boston band in the '80s, but their members achieved arguably greater success in their undertakings after the breakup. Their performance makes clear why this was a worthwhile reunion, and Dan Zanes shares great stories about Lou Reed and The Replacements. The Del Fuegos - Words and Music - 2012
The Horrible Crowes: September 9, 2011
Gaslight Anthem vocalist Brian Fallon explains the dark place he was in that gave rise to the song cycle on this side project with his guitar tech Ian Perkins. His somewhat antagonistic relationship with the city of New York is also touched upon, among spirited renditions of tracks from the Crowes' debut, Elsie. The Horrible Crowes - Words and Music - 2011
The Vaccines: January 21, 2011
An exciting British band goes on the record here in their first-ever radio interview in the U.S., recorded on the afternoon after their first U.S. show at The Bowery Ballroom. Frontman Justin Young weighs in on F. Scott Fitzgerald and local legends like The Strokes and Ramones while the band blazes through a handful of tracks from their debut album.
The Vaccines - Words and Music - 2011