Anais Mitchell

PietaI am pleased to announce two live interviews this week. First Pieta Brown (left) will be phoning in to talk to us about her new album, Mercury, and her upcoming performance at Cafe Paradiso on Friday night. I'll also be playing selected cuts from Pieta's hot new CD recorded in Nashville with Mark Knopfler (of Dire StAnais hairraits fame) and his touring band.

Then, we'll have Anais Mitchell (right), live in the studio for a tea time chat about her current tour, her traveling 'band' of musicians, and her amazing, highly acclaimed new album: Young Man in America.  Of course we'll also be chatting about what we can expect at her show tonight (Tuesday) at Cafe Paradiso. Before and after the interview I'll be playing Anais' newest CD which features amazing songs, deeply layered instrumentation and the creative production of Todd Sickafoose.

Plus the usual great Roots Rock tunes by Bonnie Rait, Lori McKenna, Chris Isaak, Bob Dylan, Brooke Miller, Jimmy LaFave, Bon Iver and Eilen Jewell as time allows.

Anais album coverFor this week's show I'll be featuring brilliant new music from Anais Mitchell and the latest collaboration between the extraordinary guitar players, Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.   First up,  Anais Mitchell and her new album Young Man in America.  An eclectic variety of styles, including songs ranging from the solo piano and haunting vocals of "Coming Down" to the sugar pop beats of "Venus".  Anais comes to this disc fully loaded with her usual poetically disguised, socio-political lyrics plus the ubiquitous onslaught of delicious, teen inspired vocals thaManxt have become her trademark. Anais will be a guest on my show on Tuesday April 24th and will perform at Cafe Paradiso that same evening. Harry Manx and Kevin Brieit combine their talents for a brand new album of well written, toe tapping songs, driven by great lyrics, fresh melodies and all manner of stringed instruments including various guitars, sitar, dobro, veena, banjo, mandolin, lap slide and ukelele. If it has strings, these guys can play it.  Plus great songs from Chris Isaak, Amos Lee, Pieta Brown, Foster & Lloyd, Jason Spooner, Brooke Miller, John Hiatt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Lori McKenna, Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett.