The extraordinary story of a transformative decade on Broadway, featuring gripping behind-the-scenes accounts of shows such as ‘Rent’, ‘Angels in America’, ‘Chicago’, ‘The Lion King’, and ‘The Producers’—shows that changed the history of the American theater.
Perfect for fans of ‘The Hate U Give’, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
From 1967 to 1973, Michael Oberman interviewed more than three hundred top musical artists. Collected together for the first time, ‘Fast Forward, Play and Rewind’ presents more than one hundred interviews Oberman conducted with the most important musical artists of the day.
The ‘Call Me Ishmael Phone Book’ is the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere: a quirky and entertaining interactive guide to reading, featuring voicemails, literary Easter eggs, checklists, and more, from the creators of the popular multimedia project.
In 1964, a pair of brothers, born in Amsterdam but going to elementary school in Pasadena California, started a band called ‘The Broken Combs’. In 1972, they changed their name to the much more simple and direct surname of the two, ‘Van Halen’. RIP in Eddie.
Not that this week’s episode of Jam Session is full of dirges, but I did want to take the time to dedicate this week’s show to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and all that she did, not just for women in America, for the people of the World.
In this breathtaking collection of short fiction, his first-ever anthology, James Rollins brings together ten thrilling stories that dig a little deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters.
Music from Sonny Knight, Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, and Son Little. Names you wouldn’t normally see on Jam Session. But Artists that can hang with the best of them (if not already be leading the march).
Inspired by the West Coast, today’s episode is kicked off by Slightly Stoopid. More BC-hydro inspired music from Papa Grows Funk and The Disco Biscuits, and we end with a long Alt-Rock stream-of-consciousness guitar piece by Erika Wennerstrom.
For the first time ever on Jam Session, I play Cleveland’s own jam band Heartless Bastards. Two tracks by the Ghost Town Blues Band, some great music by Bully Pulpit and WhiteWater Ramble, plus a great drinking-politics song by Scott Cooper.
‘New York Times’ bestselling author Laura Lippman collects recent essays exploring motherhood as an older mom, her life as a reader, her relationships with her parents, friendship, and other topics that will resonate with a large audience.
Cornmeal is featured for the first time on one of my episodes of JS. Some great music from ALO and Dangermuffin. And we go out remembering what the great, indoor theater-acoustics are like from the Fillmore in San Francisco.
‘Members Only’ follows an Indian-American college professor
through one week, as he's chastised for being racist by his all-white tennis club
following a major misstep with an African-American potential new member, and
denounced as a reverse racist by a group of conservative students
A fascinating historical story set at the 1936 Olympic Games, based on true history of the members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and exploring still-relevant themes of patriotism, athleticism, and equality.
The book on everyone’s mind this week, “The Room Where It Happened.” No, I don’t have Former National Security Advisor on the phone or in the studio, unfortunately, but I do offer some thoughts on the President, the upcoming election, freedom, and democracy.
Paying homage to the birth of jamming — the African Drum Circle — today’s episode features music by Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, homage Mapfumo, and many other great African musicians.
In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Baldacci, hero Tom Locke, introduced in ‘Shadow War’ and ‘Deep Black’, must stop traitors and ruthless mercenaries working together to overthrow the president.
There is no common thread, no glue that bonds, no theme. This episode is music we need to hear right now, including Dangermuffin, Widespread Panic, Bedouin Soundclash, Karl Denson, Doug Tuttle, Seth Walker, plus more.
I play Ryan Montbleau for the first time on my episodes of Jam Session, and today I pontificate on the meaning of hearing Live music, with all the crowd noises and mic checks and improvisations, in face of all the ‘artist-alone-Live’ shows we’ve been taking in. Live tracks from ALO, Railroad Earth, CRB, plus some other studio gems.
A rising New York Times reporter tells the compelling story of The Compton Cowboys, a group of African-American men and women who defy stereotypes and continue the proud, centuries-old tradition of black cowboys in the heart of one of America’s most notorious cities.
This week we try to stay focused on some great singer-songwriters who live in the tradition of Americana, Country and Bluegrass, and put an emphasis on the power of words and whose voices we can’t forget. In remembrance of John Prine, 10.10.1946 — 04.07.2020.
I play Road Man for the first time, get a Reggae theme to kick things off with Bumpin’ Uglies, Buddahfly and SS. Funk it up with Tomatoband. And ponder on lyrics with Dangermuffin and Fruits Bats. CRB brings it on home.
Rebel, seeker, traveler, observer, vagabond, writer. Jim Christy has been called all these things and more. Inspired at age twelve after reading Jack Kerouac’s On The Road one summer while running wild in the streets of a tough Philadelphia neighborhood, Christy began his life-long habit of following the wind.
From the author of ‘A Place at the Table’ and ‘A Soft Place to Land’ comes an intense, complex, and wholly immersive multigenerational novel that explores the complex relationship between two very different women and the secrets they bequeath to their daughters.
New music by CATS and WhiteWater Ramble leads us to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, The Motet, Leif Erikson, Misty Mountain Sting Band, Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon and moe. It’s amazing how’s its all connected, idn’t it?
In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she “had become a woman haunted by the dead.” Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family’s history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina.
New Wood Brothers and new Moon Hooch as they both start tours to support new albums released Jan 10. And I replay for you some new, old music I discovered this week by Railroad Earth and Keller Williams (plus a lot more).