• Anthony Hamilton On Being Vulnerable And His New Album ‘Love Is The New Black’

    Enlarge this image Anthony Hamilton performs on Sept. 16 in New York City. Love Is The New Black is his first full length album in five years. Theo Wargo/Getty Images Theo Wargo/Getty Images Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton is back with a new album. Love Is The New Black is his first full length album in five years — one fans have been anxiously awaiting. Hamilton is the self-described "country boy" from North Carolina whose vulnerable lyrics and gospel-tinged delivery have gained him fans across the globe. Many were introduced to Hamilton through his popular Tiny Desk performance in 2016. Some were fans way before that — as Hamilton says, "when only 10 people knew about me." NPR's Michel Martin ...

  • Tiny Desk Teams Up With Alt.Latino This Month

    NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre about their Alt.Latino Tiny Desk takeover for Hispanic Heritage Month. Adblock test (Why?)

  • Grammy Winning Bluegrass Artist Billy Strings Has A New Album

    Bluegrass phenom Billy Strings talks about his new album, Renewal. Adblock test (Why?)

  • ‘What Do You Need A Song For?’: Esperanza Spalding’s Search For The Answer

    At the heart of Esperanza Spalding's new album is the question "What do you need a song for?" NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with the Grammy-winning musician about her album, Songwrights Apothecary Lab. AILSA CHANG, HOST: There is one question at the heart of Esperanza Spalding's new album - what do you need a song for? (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) ESPERANZA SPALDING: It's such a simple question, and I feel like we have the capacity to answer it (laughter). CHANG: Spalding is a Grammy-winning jazz singer and bassist. And to answer this seemingly simple question - what do you need a song for? - she needed more than just other musicians. So she basically created a whole laboratory, a cross-disciplinary group of neuroscientists, psychologists, ethnomusicologists and more. She calls it the "Songwrights Apothecary Lab." SPALDING: We are like shipwrights, you know? We build things. We build things that we want to be vessels to ferry people from one point to another point, one shore to another shore or even through a vast, you know, uncharted ...

  • Ray Charles Reflects On His Country Music Roots

    The soul and R&B legend, who died in 2004, was recently voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1998, Charles came on Fresh Air to promote The Complete Country & Western Recordings: 1959-1986. Adblock test (Why?)

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