This music and travel TV series invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet. Host Jacob Edgar is an explorer who does not search for lost cities or ancient ruins. He's on the quest for a different kind of treasure music. As an ethnomusicologist and world music record producer, Edgar travels the globe hunting for the best songs the world has to offer, and he suffers through some of the worst so you don't have to. Along the way, he's rewarded with a backstage pass to concert halls, street festivals, recording studios and rehearsal rooms. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar tastes exotic and occasionally ghastly food, visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties the night away to amazing concerts at hidden venues that only the locals know.
Israel: Voices from the Desert (#305H) Duration: 27:46 STEREO TVPG
Host Jacob Edgar travels to Israel to attend a once-in-a-lifetime concert of The Idan Raichel Project at the foot of the magnificent "Solomon's Pillars", a natural rock formation in the Negev Desert near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat. Idan Raichel, an internationally renowned star of the Israeli music scene, serves as his guide. At the technical rehearsals and sound check for the desert concert, Jacob meets the artists featured on stage. Idan performs with Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade on the edge of a stunning cliff. Ravid Kahalani performs in an unplugged session with members of his side project Yemen Blues and talks about the unique history and music of the Yemenite community. Cabra Casey, another lead voice in the Idan Raichel Project, introduces the fascinating story of Israel's Ethiopian immigrants. He also meets Palestinian-Israeli singer and television actress Mira Awad, who has recorded with Idan Raichel. She reflects on how artistic collaboration can lead to a hopeful future for Israel and the region. Then, Jacob interviews Idan while floating in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Next, Idan and Jacob travel to Jerusalem for a visit to the Wailing Wall and a magnificent private home overlooking the Old City. The episode culminates with a song featuring the full project from the live concert in the desert.
Tennessee Special - Round (#304H) Duration: 27:05 STEREO TVPG
The singer-songwriter embodies the unique and profitable symbiotic relationship between the stars of country music and the artists responsible for crafting the words and melodies. Music Voyager invites four of Nashville's most prolific and successful songwriters for an intimate and rare performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Featured artists include revered singer-songwriters Buddy Miller, Darrel Scott, Elizabeth Cook and Guy Clark.
Shreveport: Road Through Northern Louisiana (#202) Duration: 27:46 STEREO TVPG
Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history, counts among its myriad musical traditions the African-American sounds of the South, country music, Western swing, rockabilly that predated rock and roll, and the spicy influence of Cajun and Creole music. As guest host, rock star and blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd visits Lead Belly's grave for an acoustic jam with local icon Buddy Flett; introduces Maggie Warwick of the famed radio show, The Louisiana Hayride; enjoys a special performance on the stage where Elvis first tasted stardom; sits down with guitar legend James Burton for a demonstration of his pioneering guitar licks; and sits in on a grumble boogie party with the band Dirtfoot.