Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Austin, Texas singer/songwriter, BettySoo. During the five years since her last album of original material, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents more than a few times. An insomniac and someone who understands depression from her own life-long struggle, her songs capture moments of grief, loneliness, and loss, contrasted with moments of joy and love. We visited with BettySoo in front of a live audience at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. In the second half of the show we’ll hear from Dr. Shelley Carson with an essay on the Envision Brainset for the creativity corner.
(Photo: BettySoo – Chris Richardson/via Art of the Song)
American folk singer, educator, and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. Although Buffy’s music today is far from traditional folk, it embodies the anti-war and Native rights sentiment that is at the heart of folk music.
Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Irish singer/songwriter, Declan O’Rourke. A latecomer to the Dublin music scene, in his mid-twenties he found himself in the mix with the likes of Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damian Rice, and many other Irish singer-songwriters. In 2004, Declan released his debut album, Since Kyabram. The single from that album, Galileo, has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban. In 2011, Declan O’Rourke joined a stellar line up of artists that included Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Amos Lee for Transatlantic Sessions, broadcast on the BBC. He was also a featured artist on the Transatlantic Sessions Live Tour 2012, encompassing the Royal Festival Hall in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and Glasgow Concert Hall. We spoke with Declan while on tour in the US.
(Photo: Declan O’Rourke - Courtesy of the artist)
Our guest this week on Art of the Song is three-time Woody Guthrie Award-winning singer/songwriter, K.C.