The wonders of springtime are on Emily's mind this week, and she's packed tonight's show with what she calls "short but sweet songs" about trees, flowers, wind, birds... artists include the Beatles, Big Smith, Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Bob Marley, Levon Helm, Jack Williams, Claire Lynch and more.
Spring officially arrives next Thursday March 20, and Emily eagerly anticipates spring's arrival with music by the Youngbloods, Mary Chapen Carpenter, Bruce Hornsby, Crosby and Nash, the Court Yard Hounds, and many more.
This week Emily salutes the late Pete Seeger, featuring three of Seeger's performances, along with songs he wrote or arranged covered by, among others, Johnny and June Cash, Eva Cassidy, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Emily celebrates her sister's birthday with music by City Folk and Jon Lumsden. Also tonight: songs by Ray Bonneville, Leo Kottke, Nancy Griffith, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, Patrick Sky, Nickel Creek, and Mark O'Connor.
A 1960s color-TV ad? No, it's Emily's "colors" show, with songs dealing with the colors white, red, blue and green by artists including Carly Simon, Jakob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Robin and Linda Williams, and more.
Dar Williams sings in the new month; Robert Earl Keen and Karrie Rodriguez both cover Townes Van Zandt; and two songs from Brewer and Shipley's "Tarkio Road." Also: a couple of songs from Paul Simon; Leonard Cohen; and a pair of tunes from Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.
On her first show of 2014, Emily features music from the '60s by the Youngbloods and the Beatles, as well as songs by Carly Simon, Iris Dement, the late Ben Bullington, Townes Van Zandt, Donny Snow Harrell, and more.
Emily presents a Christmas collection with music by Yo-Yo Ma and friends; John Prine; iconic 70s songs about peace by Cat Stevens and George Harrison; and some jazzy takes on Christmas songs by Vince Guaraldi and Butch Thompson.
Emily features more new music she's received in the past few months, including songs by Christopher Mark Jones, the regional group Cave States (which includes Emily's brother John Higgins), the Two Bit Franks, Erin Sax, and Linda Stoffel. Also, two cuts by Lyle Lovett.
Again this week Emily introduces you to singer-songwriters she met (and listened to) at the Folk Alliance Conference in St. Louis, including Wil Maring, Craig Bickhardt, C. Daniel Boling, Jane Godfrey, Elliott Ranney, and more.
Emily Higgins attended the Folk Alliance Regional Midwest Conference in St.Louis last month and came back with several new singer-songwriter CDs by Craig Bickhardt, Mark Dvorak and Adrienne Frailey. Also tonight, music by Wil Maring, the Wilhelms, Buddy Mondlock and Nancy Griffith.
As Emily says, there's "no particular theme" tonight, just great tracks by Alison Krauss, Lyal Strickland, Robert Earl Keen, mark O'Connor, Chris Knight (in a duet with John Prine), Eliza Gilkyson, and many more.
Featured this week, the Scottish band Del Amitri; Canadian singer-songwriter Del Barber; tracks from the John Lennon-tribute CD "And We All Shine On;" and local artists Marideth Sisco and the Blackberry Winter Band.
Emily celebrates the anniversary of her assumption of host duties on the show with an interview with the show's originator Carolyn Huber, and music by Kate Wolf, Judy Collins, George Harrison, Tim O'Brien & Jerry Douglas, and more.