Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic broadcasts. In this segment: novelist and blues record producer Sam Charters. In the 1950s, Charters traveled the South, making field recordings of neglected and previously unknown musicians and singers. He's a Grammy Award winner, and his latest books are last year's New Orleans: Playing a Jazz Chorus and Walking a Blues Road: A Selection of Blues Writing, 1956-2004, published in 2004. Rebroadcast from July 3, 1987.
Record producer Joe Boyd has worked with Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Richard and Linda Thompson, R.E.M. and many other musical acts. He has a new memoir, called White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s.
Rick Rubin worked with Johnny Cash for the last 10 years of the singer's life. The two collaborated on four critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning albums. At the time of Cash's death, they were collaborating on a fifth record.
Rubin worked with Johnny Cash for the last 10 years of Cash's life, collaborating on four critically acclaimed and Grammy award-winning albums (American Recordings, Unchained, American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around.) At the time of Cash's death, they were collaborating on a box set that collects many unreleased tracks from those previous sessions, as well as a best-of CD. The five-CD collection is called Unearthed.
A Fresh Air favorite, opera soprano Dawn Upshaw. She has more than two dozen albums to her credit and has become widely known for her ability to perform both in the opera as well as sing Broadway tunes. Upshaw joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1984 and has performed at the Met. Many of the world's leading conductors have invited Upshaw to appear with some of the finest orchestras, including The Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic. On May 17, she performs Broadway Songs at a Lincoln Center sponsored concert at John Jay College Theatre.
Guitarist and record producer Scotty Moore was Elvis Presley's first guitarist and manager and one of the early influences of the rock guitar sound. On Monday, March 6th, MOORE will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He will be part of a new category of honorees, “Side-Men.” He co-wrote an account of his work with the King of Rock'n'Roll, "That's Alright, Elvis." (REBROADCAST from 7/29/97)
Sun Studios founder Sam Phillips. He is revered as one of the leading catalysts in post WW II American music. As a record producer in the 1950s and 60s his recordings launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis and that’s just to name a few. Phillips is now in his 70s. (REBROADCAST from 9/15/97)
A Fresh Air favorite, opera soprano Dawn Upshaw. She has a new CD, "Dawn Upshaw sings Vernon Duke" (Nonesuch). It features Fred Hersch on piano and John Pizzarelli on guitar. We'll also hear from the producer of her new CD, Tommy Krasker. Upshaw has more than two dozen albums to her credit and has become widely known for her ability to perform both in the opera as well as sing Broadway tunes. Upshaw joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1984 and has performed at the Met.
Legendary composer, producer, arranger and performer Brian Wilson, formerly of the Beach Boys. Last fall he released his first solo album of new material in ten years, called "Imagination" (Giant Records/Warner Bros. Records). Now there's a new companion home video which features a live performance and interview. It's also called "Imagination." (Warner/Reprise Video) (REBROADCAST from 8/20/98)