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Jonathan Wilson / Steve Earle / Samir Lakhani (Eco-Soap Bank)

Jonathan Wilson / Steve Earle / Samir Lakhani (Eco-Soap Bank)

May 15, 2019

Joining us for the first time this week is Psychedelic Folk-Rock songwriter and producer Jonathan Wilson (@songsofjw). He’s an amazing musician, a sought after producer (Connor Oberst, Father John Misty, Dawes and many others...) as well as a proficient sideman (he spent two years on the road as part of Roger Waters’ touring band).

And back again for his 9th visit is the iconic and prolific Country/Americana singer-songwriter Steve Earle (@SteveEarle).  He came to eTown to showcase his recent tribute album to the legendary Guy Clark.

Rounding things out is the winner our eChievement Award - Samir Lakhani, a young man who founded a humanitarian non-profit organization dedicated to improving sanitary conditions in developing countries.

 

Watch videos from this episode at www.etown.org

eTown at Red Rocks: Jason Isbell / Amanda Shires

eTown at Red Rocks: Jason Isbell / Amanda Shires

May 8, 2019

This week it’s the encore airing of another special ‘eTown On The Road’ episode, as we return to our favorite home away from home, the beautiful and iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, for an hour of live music with songwriter extraordinaire Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbelland his band, The 400 Unit; plus singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires. (@amandashires)

Tune in for some great music and interesting conversation, coming to you from one of the most beautiful natural music venues on the planet!

Listen to all the singles from this show at www.etown.org.

John Oates / Lilly Hyatt / Helen Thorpe (Author of “The Newcomers”)

John Oates / Lilly Hyatt / Helen Thorpe (Author of “The Newcomers”)

May 1, 2019

In this week’s back-by-popular-demand re-airing, we’re joined by rock/R&B/soul guitarist, singer/songwriter (and half of legendary duo Hall & Oates) John Oates! (@JohnOates) His latest solo project 'Arkansas' is inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt and encompasses other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music.

Also with us is Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt (@LillyHiatt1) (daughter of John Hiatt), who has become a fixture of the indie scene in Nashville.

And Nick sits down for a conversation with renowned author Helen Thorpe, whose latest work, ‘The Newcomers,’ is a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers, many of whom have left extremely dangerous situations in their homelands, come to America to learn a new language and a new culture, in the hopes of finding a new beginning.

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Greensky Bluegrass / Israel Nash / Christine Beck (U.S. National Junior Tennis League)

Greensky Bluegrass / Israel Nash / Christine Beck (U.S. National Junior Tennis League)

April 24, 2019

It’s an eclectic hour of music and conversation this week as bluegrass/jam band Greensky Bluegrass (@campgreensky) returns to the show along with Texas genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash (@israelnash).

We’ll also hear from about a couple who has been introducing tennis to inner-city youth since the 1970s as a vehicle for inspiring a lifelong affinity for learning.

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Tyminski / Angel Snow / Henry Red Cloud  (Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center)

Tyminski / Angel Snow / Henry Red Cloud (Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center)

April 17, 2019

This week’s encore eTown broadcast features multi-instrumentalist and vocalist extraordinaire Tyminski (@tyminskimusic)(you may remember him as a member of Union Station; he’s also familiar to many as the singing voice for George Clooney’s on-screen character in ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and as lead vocalist on Avicii’s international pop hit “Hey Brother”).

We’re also joined by talented up-and-coming indie-folk singer/songwriter Angel Snow (@ImAngelSnow).

Rounding things out, our eChievement Award story this week features Native American Henry Red Cloud, who discusses how he’s brought solar power, green technology and employment to reservations throughout the country.

Learn more about / Donate to Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center at lakotasolarenterprises.com

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Shook Twins / Danny Barnes / Bill Lavin (Where Angels Play Foundation)

Shook Twins / Danny Barnes / Bill Lavin (Where Angels Play Foundation)

April 10, 2019

This week on the eTown airwaves we’re joined by Shook Twins (@ShookTwins), the Portland-based indie-folk duo (and twin sisters) known for their incredible harmonies as well as the wide range of instruments they play. Also with us is longtime friend of the show, gifted songwriter and player extraordinaire Danny Barnes (@Wildknees) (a past winner of The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass).

Plus we’ll share an inspiring eChievement Award story about a New Jersey man who started a foundation that builds playgrounds in areas of disaster or devastation, to honor the victims of tragedy, provide places of hope and community for children and inspire healing.

Learn more about / Donate to Where Angels Play Foundation at whereangelsplayfoundation.org

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Beth Hart / John McEuen / Diane Cohen (Finger Lakes ReUse)

Beth Hart / John McEuen / Diane Cohen (Finger Lakes ReUse)

April 3, 2019

In this week’s back-by-popular-demand re-airing, eTown welcomes the incredibly gifted singer/songwriter and piano virtuoso Beth Hart (@BethHart) to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Plus our longtime friend John McEuen, iconic American musician and founding member of the beloved Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, returns to the show.

And we’ll hear a great eChievement Award story about Diane Cohen, founder of Finger Lakes ReUse, a woman in New York who’s headed up a highly successful ‘re-use and recycling’ program, repurposing everything from building materials to some of the most difficult of items that would normally end up in a landfill.

Learn more about / Donate to Finger Lakes ReUse at ithacareuse.org

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Joachim Cooder / Bonnie Paine / Sarah Evans (The Well Aware Project)

Joachim Cooder / Bonnie Paine / Sarah Evans (The Well Aware Project)

March 27, 2019

It’s an eclectic hour of music and conversation this week as we’re joined by the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder (@JoachimCooder)(a talent in his own right who also happens to be the son of the iconic musician Ry Cooder). Also making her first solo appearance on the show is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Paine (a founding member of Elephant Revival).

Plus we’ll hear from eChievement Award winner Sarah Evans, founder of Austin-based nonprofit The Well Aware Project that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa.

Learn more about / Donate to The Well Aware Project at wellawareworld.org

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Hot Rize & Friends: Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan & Sam Bush

Hot Rize & Friends: Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan & Sam Bush

March 20, 2019

This week features an impressive line-up of bluegrass impresarios. The legendary band Hot Rize (@Hot_Rize) (whose members include Pete Wernick, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton and eTown’s own Nick Forster) celebrates its 40th anniversary with special guests and bluegrass heavy hitters Sam BushStuart Duncan and Jerry Douglas. Grounded in the bluegrass traditions of artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers, the members of Hot Rize have forged a path and a sound all their own since forming back in 1978.

This beloved and iconic band is now taking an extended, open-ended ‘hiatus,’ all the more reason to not miss this incredible musical gathering, which includes a special audience Q&A with Hot Rize (moderated by eTown’s own Helen Forster).

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

William Fitzsimmons / Raye Zaragoza / Bryan Ware (The Crayon Initiative)

William Fitzsimmons / Raye Zaragoza / Bryan Ware (The Crayon Initiative)

March 13, 2019

William Fitzismmons (@wfitzsimmons) returns to the show with his a gentle, insightful sound (some compare him to Gregory Alan Isakov, Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens). Also with us is a young newcomer, Raye Zaragoza (@rayezaragoza), an award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer known for her song “In The River” written in support of the protests at Standing Rock.

All of that, plus an eChievement Award story about Bryan Ware, founder of The Crayon Initiative, an organization that is reducing waste by recycling crayons and distributing them to art programs at children’s hospitals across the U.S., brightening the lives of young patients during their stay.

Learn more about / Donate to The Crayon Initiative at thecrayoninitiative.org

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org