Eight part series on groundbreaking multi-racial, multi-genre band Sly and the Family Stone kicks off with a rare look at their formative years. Includes comments from members Cynthia Robinson, Greg Errico, Rose Stone and others about how they joined the band, plus some rare early tracks recorded along the way. Songs come from the box set Higher! in stores now.
Emmylou Harris and The Secret Sisters talk about their work with Willie Nelson on To All the Girls…
Carrie Underwood talks about listening to Willie since she was a kid, and how she “Willified” herself to sing “Always on my Mind” with him on To All the Girls… We also hear from Norah Jones about the jazz influenced phrasing they have in common, and working together on “Walkin.”
The brand-new Willie Nelson album in stores Oct 15, To All the Girls, features female duet partners on each track. Many of them join us for this four-part series about how the album was made. In part one, Dolly Parton talks about their early days working together and their new recording of “From the Earth to the Moon and Back.”
Harry Nilsson – RCA Albums Collection is in stores July 30 with hundreds of songs on 17 discs. One gem among the 50+ previously unreleased tracks is a wild cover of The Beatles’ “Blackbird.” WAXQ-FM in NYC gave it a special world radio premiere on Ken Dashow’s 6/30/13 “Breakfast with the Beatles,” broadcast live from the Hard Rock Cafe, where an audience applauded loudly after hearing it for the first time. Musician/producer, Mark Hudson, a close friend of Harry’s, was a guest on the show and told this story after they played the track.
Legacy Podcasts celebrates the release of the new Preservation Hall Jazz Band release, That’s It!, with a brand-new four part series. Go behind the scenes of their first-ever album of all original songs, including the current radio hits “Dear Lord,” “Rattlin’ Bones” and more. Includes interviews with band members and co-producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – That’s It! 2CD Legacy Edition – in stores now from Legacy Recordings
Ben Folds Five continue their reunion with a major summer 2013 with Barenaked Ladies and Guster, and the new Ben Folds Five Live album in stores June 4th.
Check out the dates below the jump and click play to hear their interviews and live tracks from a 2012 NPR World Cafe session.
Our Mad Season episodes conclude with Mike and Barrett remembering their other late bandmember, bassist John Baker Saunders. He and McCready met at rehab, but sadly overdosed in 1999. They then finish the piece by detailing how Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) came to add his signature howl to “Locomotive” and two other unfinished instrumentals for the new release.
Mad Season – Above 2CD Legacy Edition – in stores now from Legacy Recordings