Caravan

Barbara Dane Trouble in Mind 1957
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Airs Friday, November 22, 2019, at 9 p.m. This documentary shines a light on one of America’s most extraordinary musicians and activists, Barbara Dane. This is a woman who lead the way in celebrating America’s musical legacy while highlighting its social challenges. She is largely unknown by most Americans, yet she sang with a extraordinary list of musicians, produced over 50 albums of world music on her own label and bore witness to many of the country’s pivotal moments. This is the story of America told through its social upheaval, its achievements and, above all, its music. Narrated by Holly Near.
     "Bessie Smith in Stereo" said jazz critic Leonard Feather in Playboy magazine when Barbara Dane burst onto the scene in the late '50s. In 1958 Time magazine said of her: "The voice is pure, rich...rare as a 20 karat diamond."
     To Ebony magazine, she seemed "startlingly blonde, especially when that powerful dusky alto voice begins to moan of trouble, two-timing men and freedom... with stubborn determination, enthusiasm and a basic love for the underdog (she is) making a name for herself...aided and abetted by some of the oldest names in jazz who helped give birth to the blues..."
     The seven-page Ebony article--their first feature story about a white woman (Nov., l959)-- was filled with photos of Dane working with Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Clara Ward, Mama Yancey, Little Brother Montgomery and others.
     By 1959, Louis Armstrong had told Time magazine readers: "Did you get that chick? She's a gasser!" and invited her to appear with him on national television.
     In 1970 Dane founded Paredon Records, with a deep commitment to making the music of the musicians and singers identified with the liberation movements then rocking the globe, many of whom she met during her travels, available to the U.S. listener.

Emergence of Emmylou Harris
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Airs Friday, November 15, 2019, at 9 p.m. The remarkable musical journey of Emmylou Harris is explored in this one-hour version of a special from music documentarian Paul Ingles. Guests include musicians Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Cooper and David Gans and writers and scholars Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Mark Kemp and Beverly Keel.
     The musical journey of Emmylou Harris is explored in this extended play, three-hour version of a special from music documentarian Paul Ingles. Guests include musicians Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Cooper and David Gans and writers and scholars Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Mark Kemp and Beverly Keel. Also, archival interviews with Emmylou Harris. Over 50 songs featuring Emmylou are sampled.

The Emergence of Emmylou Harris PT 2
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Airs Friday, November 8, 2019, at 9 p.m. The remarkable musical journey of Emmylou Harris is explored in this one-hour version of a special from music documentarian Paul Ingles. Guests include musicians Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Cooper and David Gans and writers and scholars Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Mark Kemp and Beverly Keel.

The musical journey of Emmylou Harris is explored in this extended play, three-hour version of a special from music documentarian Paul Ingles. Guests include musicians Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Cooper and David Gans and writers and scholars Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Mark Kemp and Beverly Keel. Also, archival interviews with Emmylou Harris. Over 50 songs featuring Emmylou are sampled.

The Emergence of Emmylou Harris
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Airs Friday, November 1, 2019, at 9 p.m. The remarkable musical journey of Emmylou Harris is explored in this one-hour version of a special from music documentarian Paul Ingles. Guests include musicians Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Cooper, and David Gans, and writers and scholars Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Mark Kemp, and Beverly Keel.

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Airs Friday, October 18, 2918, at 9 p.m. Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is a special four-part weekly radio show celebrating Black gospel music's profound and under acknowledged influence on early rock and soul music. Hosted by Grammy award-winning gospel singer Cece Winans, and produced by WXPN. This limited-run series is the culmination of a 15-month period of live events in Philadelphia with gospel legends The Fairfield Four, The Dixie Hummingbirds, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and numerous interviews with musicians, historians and scholars. Each hour of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul will illustrate the influence of gospel on secular music, celebrating the roots of black gospel and its impact on major artists.

Airs Friday, October 4, 2019, at 9 p.m. Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is a special four-part weekly radio show celebrating Black gospel music's profound and under acknowledged influence on early rock and soul music. Hosted by Grammy award-winning gospel singer Cece Winans, and produced by WXPN, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul. This limited-run series is the culmination of a 15-month period of live events in Philadelphia with gospel legends The Fairfield Four, The Dixie Hummingbirds, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and numerous interviews with musicians, historians and scholars. Each hour of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul will illustrate the influence of gospel on secular music, celebrating the roots of black gospel and its impact on major artists.

Emmylou Harris
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Airs Friday, September 27, 2019, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from One Mile An Hour and the Be Good Tanya's plus tracks from Myshkin's Ruby Warbler, Patty Griffin, Andrew Bird, Michael Hedges, Maggie Koerner along with Blues from Odetta and Lizz Wright. Then, in our concert hour we'll join Emmylou Harris live at the Newport Folk Festival in in our final hour we'll wander Gently Off The Edge.

Josh Hyde (L) & Buddy Flett (R)
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Airs Friday, September 20, 2019, at 9 p.m. This week we feature an Americana flavor with new tracks from 3 Penny Acre, the Honey Dewdrops, and Rick Adams; some classic tracks from the Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neil Young; a concert set with John Wakefield & John Jordan; and a full blues concert with Buddy Flett and Josh Hyde. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll close the show with all the Pretty Little Horses. 

Steve Earle, at the Midlands Music Festival in 2007, Westmeath, Ireland
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Airs Friday, September 13, 2019, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we have a distinctive country flavor, both traditional and a touch old school plus some Creole country music called Zydeco. We feature tracks from Guy Clark, Chris Thile with Michael Daves, some Alison Krauss, and an unusual track from the Punch Brothers. On Blues at the Bottom, country blues from Marie Nofsinger and Brad Paisley, a traditional and soulful track from Dorothy Moore and we'll have some happy feet music from Geno Delafose and Beau Jocque. On our concert hour, Part 2 of a solo show by Steve Earl at the Fur Peace Ranch, and in our final hour we'll search for Sunken Treasure.

The Black Lillies
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Airs Friday, September 6, 2019, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we start with an up-tempo set featuring Asleep at the Wheel, the Clumsy Lovers, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, the Gourds and Raiford Starke. Then in our concert hour, The Black Lillies take the stage Live At The Divide, .. and then in our final hour we catch "Last Tide," with tunes from Ramananda, Chris Moore, Oregon, Collective Soul, Sun Kil Moon, and Led Zeppelin.

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