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Ep 6 | Kobo Town

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Release Date: 04/18/2019

Ep 13 | Anoushka Shankar show art Ep 13 | Anoushka Shankar

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It’s rare to perform your first gig to a few thousand people at a celebration for a musical icon. That's the pulse-pounding experience that ushered Anoushka Shankar into the public sphere. Anoushka has been making records since she was a teen, under the tutelage of sitar master Ravi Shankar. She fuses her training in Indian classical sitar with everything from flamenco, electronica, Latin music to folk-pop. She talks to us about growing up the child of an icon, and how she’s carving out a legacy of her

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Ep 12 | Kat Danser show art Ep 12 | Kat Danser

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Kat Danser's chance encounter with Al Green in a parking lot in Memphis was part of an experience that put her on a path to a place in her life that she could never even have dreamt of when she was growing up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. On the eve of her induction into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame, Grant Stovel talks to the musician and ethnomusicologist about her journey into music at 33, and her Ph. D studies in blues and roots music of the American south. 

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Ep 11 | Shawn Everett show art Ep 11 | Shawn Everett

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Shawn Everett is one of the most in-demand and hardest-working production minds in music today. His skills as a recording engineer, producer, and mix engineer have been put to use on albums by The War on Drugs, Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, John Legend, Kurt Vile, and Vampire Weekend. He's garnered a boatload of Billboard #1 Albums, and Grammys. He’ll tell us the story of the life journey that has taken him from growing up in small-town Alberta – to having the world beat a path to his door in L.A.

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Ep 10 | The Who's 'Tommy' at 50  show art Ep 10 | The Who's 'Tommy' at 50

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It was a ground-breaking, game-changing, mold-shattering album. The Who's 'Tommy' was one of the best-selling rock albums of its day; hailed universally as a creative breakthrough. What led to 'Tommy' is a remarkable story. What happened following it is even more fascinating.

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Ep 9 | Stewart Copeland show art Ep 9 | Stewart Copeland

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The legendary drummer and composer talks to Grant about his latest project, Stewart Copeland’s Orchestral Ben-Hur, which comes to Edmonton’s Winspear Centre this month. Stewart shares the story behind his rich cultural upbringing, growing up the child of a C.I.A agent stationed in Cairo, Egypt. He also reflects on founding The Police alongside Sting, an epic jam session with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson of Rush that had an unfortunate ending, and his score for Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Rumble Fish.’

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Ep 8 | Neko Case show art Ep 8 | Neko Case

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Grant talks to Neko Case about her latest record 'Hell-On', co-produced by Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John) and recorded in Stockholm. That’s where Neko was when she found out her home in Vermont had burned down. We'll hear her surprisingly zen outlook on the fire. Plus, Neko tells us about finally claiming the title of "producer" after 20 years in the music business. We'll also hear about how her collaboration with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs changed her approached to her 7th studio album.

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Ep 7 | The Pixies' Doolittle at 30  show art Ep 7 | The Pixies' Doolittle at 30

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Doolittle was released thirty years ago this month. It’s an album bursting with arresting-yet-mysterious imagery, captivating-yet-cryptic lyrics, and breathtakingly unexpected musical dynamics and departures. There’s a whole world in there. A world we’ll explore with Ben Sisario, author of 'Doolittle', part of the 33 1/3 series. For his book, Ben interviewed Black Francis at a pivotal time in the Pixies’ story – just as they were reuniting in the 21st Century after a fifteen-year breakup.

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Ep 6 | Kobo Town show art Ep 6 | Kobo Town

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Drew Gonsalves talks calypso with Lark Clark on this week's Hidden Track podcast. The founding member of JUNO-winning outfit Kobo Town.

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Ep 5 | Judy Collins show art Ep 5 | Judy Collins

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It's not everyday you get to chat with a music legend, cultural force, and intergenerational icon. This week, Grant Stovel talks to folk music giant Judy Collins. Her work as a song stylist launch to fame songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, and Ian Tyson. We'll hear about those relationships, and the struggles and demons that have clawed at her along the way. 60 years into her career, Collins has emerged as a self-actualized artist who is just hitting her professional stride.

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Ep 4 | Shakey Graves show art Ep 4 | Shakey Graves

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Alejandro Rose-Garcia burst onto the scene in 2011 armed with a suitcase outfitted with a kick pedal, and his acoustic guitar. He was soon mesmerizing audiences with his spectacular one-man-band performances. His 2014 release 'And the War Came,' yield the smash single “Dearly Departed," and earned him slots on the Late Show with David Letterman, and Austin City Limits. Alejandro talks to Grant Stovel about his vision his latest release 'Can't Wake Up', and his sincere love for The Spice Girls.

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Drew Gonsalves talks calypso with Lark Clark on this week's Hidden Track podcast. The Trinidadian Canadian is the founding member of the JUNO-winning outfit Kobo Town. The Toronto group blends calypso with myriad influences, including ska, reggae, dub and hip-hop.

A genre that originated in Trinidad and Tobago, calypso is what Drew describes as "the folk music of urban Trinidad." Whether you've only ever heard calypso from the Harry Belafonte tunes in the movie Beetlejuice, or you're deep down into Mighty Sparrow, Roaring Lion, Lord Invader, or Calypso Rose, you're going to find a lot to sink your teeth into with this wide ranging conversation. 

The pair talks about the roots of calypso, the trailblazers of the genre, and Drew’s work in reviving the career of one of the genre’s most iconic artists.