Deer Tick / Garland Jeffreys / Kathleen Hower (Global Links)

February 13, 2019

This week in eTown, the Providence, Rhode Island-based alternative group Deer Tick (@deertickmusic) share their one-of-a-kind sound. Also with us is the legendary, genre-bending American singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys (@garlandjeffreys), who (by his own account) recorded his first real “Rock and Roll” record in 1977 with Wild In The Streets and has continued to break new ground musically ever since.

All of this, plus a great eChievement Award story about Kathleen Hower, founder of Global Links (@GlobalLinks3), an organization that saves new, unused medical supplies from ending up in the landfill and then sends them to those that need them in third world countries.

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Gregory Alan Isakov / Rayland Baxter / Dara Schoenwald (Volunteer Cleanup)

February 6, 2019

This week, we’re joined on the airwaves by one of our good friends (not to mention one of our favorite songwriters out there), Gregory Alan Isakov (@GregoryAIsakov). This is Gregory’s sixth time on the show (his first all the way back in 2008) and he shares tunes from his critically acclaimed new record ‘Evening Machines.’ Also with us: Alt-country/American singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter (@RaylandisHere), a truly one-of-a-kind performer and individual (don’t miss his interview w/Nick).

Plus we’ll hear from Dara Schoenwald, who along with her husband, founded Volunteer Cleanup, a website that connects potential volunteers with organized shoreline cleanups all over their state.

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The Band of Heathens / Stephen Kellogg / Jamie Van Leeuwen (Global Livingston Institute)

January 30, 2019

Austin, TX-based artists, The Band of Heathens (@BandofHeathens), join us this week to share some tunes, including a few from their album ‘A Message From the People Revisited’, in which they reimagine Ray Charles’ 1972 classic of the same name . In addition, we’re joined by popular Americana/folk singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg (@Stephen_Kellogg).

And we’ll talk with Jamie Van Leeuwen (@jvanlee6), this week’s eChievement Award winner, who is the founder of the Global Livingston Institute, an organization using music to connect a diverse group of people in Africa, in order to provide health education and care.

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Laura Veirs / Aaron Lee Tasjan / Peter Mui (Fixit Clinic)

January 23, 2019

We welcome folk-pop singer/songwriter Laura Veirs (@lauraveirs) for her first eTown appearance. A prolific songwriter for nearly 20 years, Veirs has garnered praise throughout the years with her exquisite folk-pop sound. Also joining us for his first eTown visit is a truly gifted, one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter, Aaron Lee Tasjan (@aaronleetasjan1).

And we’ll have a conversation with this week’s eChievement Award winner, Peter Mui of California, founder of the Fixit Clinic network.

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eTown on the Road: Lafayette, LA (Pt. 2) w/ Sonny Landreth & More

January 16, 2019

This week, eTown returns to the Acadiana Center for the Arts (@AcadianaArts) in Lafayette, Louisiana for part two of our two-part exploratory adventure into the origins and vast musical styles native to the Louisiana area. The fabulous musical offerings continue where we left off last week, this time with music from Ann SavoySonny Landreth (@sonnylandreth)Michael DoucetThe Broussard Sisters and much more.

Plus we’ll visit with local eChievement Award winner Marylee Orr (), who advocates for local Louisianans affected by industrial pollutants effecting their air, water, land, and health.

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eTown on the Road: Lafayette, LA w/ Rhiannon Giddens & More

January 9, 2019

It’s a not-to-be-missed ‘eTown On the Road’ episode this week! In this special two-part re-broadcast, eTown heads to the beautiful Acadiana Center for the Arts (@AcadianaArts) in Lafayette, Louisiana to delve into the origins and vast musical styles of this rich cultural area.

There’ll be lots of great music from local artists including Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens (@RhiannonGiddens)Dirk PowellThe Band Courtbouillon, and a host of other artists. Also in Part One, we interview Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery, producers of the Grammy-nominated recording project entitled ‘I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country.’


Delbert McClinton / Robert Finley / Chris Pallister (Gulf of Alaska Keeper)

January 2, 2019

Our first broadcast of 2019 features Grammy Award-winning blues multi-instrumentalist Delbert McClinton (@officialdelbert) and blues and soul singer/songwriter and guitarist Robert Finley.

Plus Nick sits down with Chris Pallister, the founder of Gulf of Alaska Keeper to learn how his organization is protecting the waters and habitat of the Northern Gulf of Alaska. It's another ‘back by popular demand’ re-airing!

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Loudon Wainwright III / Heather Maloney / Dan Rountree (Current Problems)

December 26, 2018

This week we revisit a fan-favorite from precisely one year ago. Folk singer, humorist and actor Loudon Wainwright III (@lw3official) shares a few of his classic musical creations, as well as excerpts from his book Liner Notes.

And the incredibly talented singer/songwriter Heather Maloney (@heathermaloney_ )(one of Helen’s favorites to sing with!) joins us as well. Great music and conversation with our musical guests this week, plus we’ll share a wonderful eChievement Award story about a Florida man who’s leading a much-needed grassroots effort, cleaning up rivers and urban coastlines in Northern Florida.

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eTown Archive - J.J. Cale (2002)

December 23, 2018

This week we are throwing it back to 2002 for an episode featuring one of the most influential songwriters of our time, J.J. Cale.

Over a career that spanned more than a dozen albums of his own, beginning with 'Naturally' in 1972, Cale cultivated a quiet anonymity, doing few interviews, rarely performing live, and keeping his picture off his album covers in the first decade and a half of his career. However, in spite of his low profile, Cale exerted an influence on multiple generations of musicians that is prevalent all over popular music today.

We had the pleasure of welcoming J.J. to eTown back in August of 2002 for a rousing performance that featured intimate solo tunes along with a few rockin' classics with his band, including one of his most famous tunes 'After Midnight', made famous by Eric Clapton. J.J. would've turned 79 this month so in honor of him, wherever you are, kick back and enjoy the timeless songwriting of Mr. J.J. Cale.

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eTown’s Holiday Special

December 19, 2018

Back by popular demand – eTown’s holiday special! Join us as we delve deep into the eTown archives to share some of the best holiday music we’ve heard on the show over the years. There’s a little something for everyone under eTown’s musical tree this week so let’s celebrate the holidays together!

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