"Society" Pianist Peter Mintun performs many forgotten songs from the first half of this century. His new CD is "Your's for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley." (Premier Recordings) Peter Mintun’s music is synonymous with San Francisco society. He has performed with symphony orchestras, entertained royalty, film and stage stars, and sometimes the composers themselves.
Siobhan Egan and Eileen Ivers, fiddle players who perform with "Cherish the Ladies," a touring ensemble of top Irish musicians. Both are American-born, and both emigrated to Ireland to pursue their musical education. Ivers earned All-Ireland fiddle champion honors for seven years in a row. They will perform a reel and a jig, accompanied on guitar by Mick Moloney.
Blues singer and musician Bonnie Raitt. Raitt fell in love with the blues while attending college, and although it seems unlikely that a white girl from an upper class background would take a blues career seriously, she's since proved herself to be one of the country's top blues acts. Raitt's latest album is called "Nick of Time." (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Friday, March 3, 1989.)
Singer and songwriter Carole King. In the 60s, she wrote hit songs like "Up on the Roof" and "Will you still love me tomorrow?" But in the 70s, she achieved lasting fame with songs like "Natural Woman" and her album "Tapestry," Best-selling album of the decade. Carole King has a new album, titled "City Streets." (Rebroadcast. Original date June 19, 1989.)
Singer Lesley Gore. In 1963, when she was only 16, Lesley Gore recorded one of the greatest songs in rock and roll history, "It's My Party, and I'll Cry If I Want To." Gore has stayed in the business since the 60s, and she's currently appearing at the New York City club, "Rainbow and Stars." Also, Rhino records has recently released a two record retrospective of her greatest hits. (Rebroadcast. Original date 10/25/91).
Singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt. Her newest release is her first live album, "Road Tested," (Capitol). It's been nominated for a Grammy. But today, Raitt is on Fresh Air to talk about the musicians and performers that inspired her. She'll play recordings by such blues artists as B.B. King, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Sippie Wallace. Raitt recorded one of McDowell's songs on her new album.
Rosanne Cash. The singer/lyricist has released nine albums. In 1985 she won a Grammy for "I don't Know Why You Don't Want Me." Cash is the daughter of Johnny Cash. She currently has a new album, "Ten-Song Demo" (Capitol Records) and her first work of fiction: "Bodies of Water" (Hyperion) a collection of nine short stories. One reviewer writes, "her talent as a lyricist translates beautifully into short fiction."
Singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt. Her newest release is her first live album, "Road Tested." Raitt will talk about the musicians and performers that influenced her, including blues artists as B.B. King, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Sippie Wallace. Raitt recorded one of McDowell's songs on her new album. (REBROADCAST from 2/26/96)
Cash is a singer/lyricist who in 1985 won a Grammy for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me." She is the daughter of Johnny Cash. We talked to her after the release of her album, "Ten-Song Demo" (Capitol Records) and after publishing her first work of fiction: "Bodies of Water" (Hyperion) a collection of nine short stories. This was originally aired 3/26/96.