Iconic singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is our guest for a full hour today, thanks to the release of her new album, Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.
Vega burst on the New York City folk scene in 1987 with her second album, Solitude Standing, and specifically the song "Luka." Later, a short a capella song from that album, "Tom's Diner," was remixed by DNA and became a pop sensation.
More recently, Vega formed her own record company in 2010 and began reissuing new recordings of her earlier songs. Her diverse new album is her first release of new work in seven years.
Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of her new work, the New York City folk scenes from the '60s to today, and hear about how "Tom's Diner" gave Vega some unexpected hip-hop cred.