April 14, 2021
This week, we bring two eTown veteran performers back to the show, the legendary Texas singer-songwriter Willie Nelson and the inspiring husband and wife duo, The War and Treaty.
Willie talks with Nick about his new record, his second tribute to one of his all-time favorite singers, Frank Sinatra, while also updating us on his life being NOT On the Road Again for the first time in decades because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tanya and Michael Trotter talk about their latest release and touch on the challenges that Michael, an Iraq War combat veteran, still faces battling PTSD and how those challenges have inspired some of their most poignant songs.
Great music and conversation, this week, in eTown.
April 7, 2021
For part two of a two part eTown re-airing, we’re joined by eTown veteran Aoife O’Donovan of the Grammy Award-winning band “I’m With Her.” Aoife returns to eTown for a very special performance with collaborator Jeremy Kittel, who co-produced and arranged Aoife’s Bull Frogs Croon (And Other Songs) EP. Aoife and Jeremy are also joined by a string quartet. Also with us for their visit is Latin and American roots band Che Apalache, featuring three powerhouse Latin American musicians – two from Argentina, Franco Martino (guitar), Martin Bobrik (mandolin), and Pau Barjau (banjo) from Mexico, as well as worldly frontman Joe Troop. Nick also sits down for a conversation with Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home. Bea initiated the zero-waste movement and shares her tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle.
March 31, 2021
This week, appropriately, we have an especially international eTown show, one in which the performances and conversations were all so strong that we’re presenting it in two parts. Irish-American singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan of the Grammy Award-winning band “I’m With Her” returns to eTown, sharing pieces from her latest collaboration with Jeremy Kittel, who co-produced and arranged Aoife’s first new studio recording in four years. With us for their first visit is the Latin American and North American, Grammy-nominated roots band Che Apalache, featuring band members from Argentina, Mexico, and North Carolina (home of band leader, Joe Troop). Plus, we’ll visit with KC Curberson-Alvarado. Her nonprofit effort began as a local festival to celebrate cultural diversity in central Tennessee, but when the infamous ICE raid happened in 2018, her group became more deeply involved, now providing legal assistance, language classes, and so much more.
March 17, 2021
On this week's eTown re-airing, we welcome neo-soul and modern R&B artist Allen Stone. We’re also joined bye Nashville-based American country and rock singer-songwriter Nikki Lane. Nick also has a conversation with a man who discusses how a regenerative agricultural revolution could be a solution to reversing climate change. Join us this week… in eTown!
March 10, 2021
This week's eTown re-airing features talented guitarist and young bluesman Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, a Mississippi-native guitar, vocal, and writing sensation. eTown also welcomes the vocally driven country duo Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms from Portland, Oregon. Plus, we’ll hear from Nona Yehia, a well-versed, passionate vertical farming advocate who co-founded the nonprofit Vertical Harvest. It’s a classic eTown broadcast/podcast you won’t want to miss!
March 3, 2021
On this week's eTown re-airing, we’re honored to welcome the rootsy super group Capitol Sun Rays. The group is made up by the talented Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, Grahame Lesh along with the three core members of a real eTown favorite, Birds of Chicago: Allison Russell, JT Nero, and Drew Lindsay. We also welcome eTown friend and bluesman John Long, who became immersed in the blues scene at an early age, traveling and living with blues legend Homesick James starting in 1970. Also, we’ll hear from this week’s eChievement Award winner, who co-founded a nonprofit that is saving the lives of countless women around the world.
February 24, 2021
Ani DiFranco is one of the most prolific, focused, and issues-oriented songwriters in America today. She joins Nick from her home in New Orleans to discuss and play songs from her latest record. Ani also partnered with musician and activist Zoë Boekbinder on a remarkable project to bring the issue of restorative justice and prison reform to a wider audience through creativity and music. Zoe shares stories of The Prison Music Project’s evolution, and we’ll feature some of the remarkable music that prisoners and former prisoners helped create.
February 17, 2021
Kenya-born Minneapolis resident, Ondara, shares his quarantine inspired songs and his remarkable story with Nick. Also, Nashville songwriting superstar, Gary Nicholson, talks about his release, “The Great Divide,” an ode to the common ground that can help heal a divided nation. Two thoughtful and talented singer songwriters have similar takes on what’s happening in America, despite their different backgrounds.
February 16, 2021
Host Helen Forster shares the 2006 interview with former Survivor Africa TV reality show winner Ethan Zohn, who used a good portion of his million dollar prize to help others, combining his love of soccer with a passion for preventing the spread of AIDS. Helen also talks with Ethan today about what’s developed since being on eTown, including expansion of his charitable work, personally dealing with a rare form of cancer, and his recent foray into the world of medical cannabis.