What's in a Song
Apr 28, 2012 — Singer Martha Scanlan discusses the scenic inspiration behind her first song, and the homesteading roots she's formed in Montana.
Oct 10, 2010 — In a world of highly produced pop music, where the vocals share the stage with a variety of instruments, the notion of a single voice singing without an accompaniment sounds almost revolutionary. In this week's "What's In A Song," we meet Elizabeth LaPrelle, an artist from rural Virginia who sings ballads that resonate like an old fiddle.
Feb 25, 2012 — A Montana songwriter recounts the tale of his dentist's journey to becoming a cowboy.
Feb 8, 2012 — In this segment of the What's in a Song series, Ian Tyson tells of writing the classic folk song "Four Strong Winds" after hearing Bob Dylan sing at an East Village bar. Inspired by Dylan, Tyson sat down with a guitar, writing the folk classic in half an hour.
Dec 29, 2012 — Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., made her wonder how divine forces decide whom to help and when.
Sep 30, 2012 — The song has been a hit for a string of American country stars, but it was written by an Australian. Inspired by road maps and towns that rhymed, Geoff Mack set to work on song that became a classic four times over.
Jan 6, 2012 — Barre Toelken had memorized some 800 antique songs before a stroke wiped them out. Now he's slowly re-learning them, with the help of a group that comes to sing with him every week.
Sep 24, 2010 — In the 1930s and '40s, John Lomax and his son, Alan, bounced along the back roads of America in a Ford. They were searching for the music they believed defined us as Americans: folk music. In Angelina County, Texas, they discovered a rich tradition of African-American quartet singing.
Sep 11, 2009 — Public radio's favorite cowboy poet, philosopher and former large-animal veterinarian lost his father at an early age. But Black has a vivid memory of being regaled by a certain song about a young cowboy at bedtime.
Mar 22, 2009 — American folk singer Connie Dover grew up in the Midwest but travels every summer to be a camp cook at dude ranches around Yellowstone National Park. She expresses a longing to be closer to nature in the song "I Am Going To The West."