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Celebration of Michael Hedges with Andy McKee and Christie Lenee (Episode #1909H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Michael Hedges was a trailblazing acoustic guitarist. He pioneered percussive fingerstyle guitar, the influence of which can now be heard in the compositions and playing of many guitarists.
Performing on this broadcast: Andy McKee is among the world's finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. McKee's crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today's most unique and influential artists. McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. 'Live Book' is McKee's first release for the label.
Christie Lenee is often compared to guitar visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews - fusing folky/funky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and virtuosic guitar compositions. Being a compositional pioneer for this product inspired an abundance of innovative techniques and a unique percussive approach to the guitar. Christie is now in the process of mixing tracks for her next album that will deliver her innovative music, empowering vocals and inspirational lyrics. WoodSongs Kid: Logan Florence is 15-year-old guitarist from Lexington, Kentucky. Andy McKee and Michael Hedges are two of Logan's guitar heroes.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

John McEuen and Bill & The Belles (Episode #1908H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 16, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

John McEuen brings 45+ years of worldwide performing with his banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Often referred to as "the String Wizard, " John is a founding member of the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The band's 1972 classic 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' album was inducted in to the Library of Congress as one of America's most important recordings. McEeun has earned Emmy nominations, Grammy Awards, CMA acclaim, The Western Heritage Award, and many other accolades. He is celebrating the release of his latest solo album 'Made in Brooklyn'.
Bill and the Belles has made waves in the world of roots music with striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation. Based at the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, the group's shows are a celebration of the diversity country music once represented. WoodSongs Kid: Victor Furtado is an award winning 15-year-old claw hammer banjo virtuoso from Front Royal, Virginia.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Michael Martin Murphey and the Kentucky Headhunter (Episode #1907H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 9, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Michael Martin Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape crafting and recording such iconic hits as "Wildfire, " "Carolina In The Pines", "Geronimo's Cadillac", "Cowboy Logic," "Cherokee Fiddle", "Boy From The Country" and more.. In the early 1970s, Rolling Stone Magazine called Michael Martin Murphey "one of the best songwriters in America." He has topped the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western Music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations. His latest release is 'High Stakes'.
The Kentucky Headhunters are known as "Southern Rock Royalty" and the "great American rock 'n' roll band." With a Grammy Award, CMA Album of the Year Award, two CMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards, two Top 10 charting albums, and four consecutive Top 40 hits, the "Heads" are credited for creating a unique blend of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to the toughest music critics and listeners of all kinds. Their newest album, 'Meet Me In Bluesland', is a collaboration between the band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pianist Johnnie Johnson. WoodSongs Kid: Jonathan Wilson Rader is a 10-year-old Elvis tribute artist from Wilmore, Kentucky. He is known as Little E and has released a tribute CDs to the King.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 10, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Celebration of Merle Travis with Thom Bresh, Eddie Pennington, Katelyn Prieboy and Parker Hastings (Episode #1906H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 2, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Merle Travis is a Kentucky guitar hero and an American music icon. Born in Rosewood, Kentucky, his lyrics often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons," "Re-Enlistment Blues," "I am a Pilgrim" and "Dark as a Dungeon". However, it is his master guitar playing and his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky for which he is best known today. "Travis picking", a syncopated style of finger-picking, is named after him. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.
Performing on this broadcast: Thom Bresh is the son of Merle Travis and a world-class guitar master in his own right. Bresh did not begin his music career until his adult years. From age 3 to age 17, he worked as an actor and one of the youngest stuntman in TV and movies, where such programs as 'The Lone Ranger' and the Billy the Kidd trilogy were filmed. Ever since he was old enough to hold a guitar pick, he's followed the unique fingerpicking style his father made famous, bringing it to new audiences. Eddie Pennington is one of the true guitar legends from Kentucky in the same tradition popularized by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Parker Hastings is only 15 years old and already is one of Kentucky's premier thumpicking champions in the tradition of Merle Travis, Eddie Pennington and Tommy Emmanuel. Katelyn Prieboy is 19 and from Tampa, Florida. She was recently crowned grand champion at Legends Thumbpicking Competition in Muhlenberg County, Ky., in late September.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 3, 2017 -- 1:00 AM
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