Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

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Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, a syndicated series produced by South Carolina Public Radio, is hosted each week by five-time Grammy-nominee Michael Feinstein. From jazz, blues, and classical to rock, pop, and country, Song Travels builds a bridge across genres, songs and songwriters. The series outlines the rich vitality and evolution of American music through on air performances and discussions. In each episode, host Feinstein and his guest trace the journey of these selected songs and how each artist interprets a song individually. 

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Eric Benét
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Singer and actor Eric Benét charges his old-school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and NAACP Image Award nominations. Benét joins host Michael Feinstein on this edition of Song Travels for a set of original tunes, as well as classics by Stevie Wonder, The Carpenters and Earth, Wind & Fire.

News Stations: Sun, Feb 26, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Feb 26, 6 pm

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
Lamonte McLemore

The husband and wife team of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Dr. met as members of the iconic ’60s group The Fifth Dimension. They went on to perform as a successful duo and to host their own television show. More than forty years later, their music and mutual respect and love are still going strong. Performances on this week’s Song Travels include “Mona Lisa” and “Here’s That Rainy Day.”

News Stations: Sun, Feb 19, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Feb 19, 6 pm

Cheyenne Jackson
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Actor/vocalist Cheyenne Jackson is equally at home on the stage and in front of the camera. He won a Theatre World Award for this role in All Shook Up, and his one-man show, Back to the Start, was a sold-out hit. Jackson has also appeared on 30 Rock and Glee, and has recorded an album of duets with Song Travels host Michael Feinstein, titled The Power of Two. The pair reunites this week to perform songs from Tom Waits, Elton John, and Katy Perry.

News Stations: Sun, Feb 12, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Feb 12, 6 pm

Elaine Stritch in 1973.
Allan Warren via Wikimedia Commons

Three-time Emmy winner Elaine Stritch (1925 – 2014) became a star on Broadway before going on to play a string of highly regarded film and television roles. Stritch was Michael Feinstein’s guest in this session, recorded in 2013. In honor of the late Stritch’s birthday on February 2, Song Travels presents this hour of delightful music and candid talk about her life and career.

News Stations: Sun, Feb 05, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Feb 05, 6 pm

Leftover Cuties
Greg Anderson

The Los Angeles noir-pop band Leftover Cuties has a sound that’s both retro and refreshing. On this episode of Song Travels, host Michael Feinstein talks with Shirli McAllen, Leftover Cuties’ lead singer and ukulele player. On this Song Travels, the band performs a set of originals from The Spark and the Fire, along with its unique interpretation of "You Are My Sunshine."

News Stations: Sun, Mar 05, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Mar 05, 6 pm

Miloš Karadaglić
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Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić began performing as his country, the former Yugoslavia, was being torn apart by war. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his hard work paid off with an acclaimed 2012 solo concert at Royal Albert Hall. In this session, Karadaglić showcases his love of Latin music with pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.

News Stations: Sun, Jan 29, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 29, 6 pm

Lily Frost
Ivan Otis

In the ’90s, Canadian singer-songwriter Lily Frost got her start with the cabaret-inspired band The Colorifics. She’s since made the jump to solo artist and songwriter. Her musical mentor, the late Ray Condo, inspired her album Lily Swings, which recalls Regina Spektor and Feist. On this Song Travels, she performs her original song "Enchantment," as well as a few old favorites.

News Stations: Sun, Jan 22, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 22, 6 pm

Bobby McFerrin
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Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” which was the first a capella song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. McFerrin also has five Grammy wins for Best Male Jazz Vocal and has created a concert version of Porgy and Bess. This week McFerrin stops by Song Travels’ studio to talk about his endless creativity and the enduring appeal of the Gershwins.

News Stations: Sun, Jan 15, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 15, 6 pm

Ann Hampton Callaway
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Tony Award-nominated actress, vocalist and songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway has sung with top orchestras and big bands the world over. As a songwriter, she penned tunes for Barbara Streisand and wrote and sang the theme to the hit sitcom The Nanny. On this Song Travels, she performs a set of standards, including “Our Love is Here to Stay.”

News Stations: Sun, Jan 08, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 08, 6 pm

Stephen Holden

Dec 26, 2016
Stephen Holden
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Writer and critic Stephen Holden has covered everything from film to cabaret for The New York Times, as well as for TV programs such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. He covered the singer-songwriter explosion of the ’70s, and his 1980 satirical novel Triple Platinum was based on his experiences as a journalist and executive with RCA. This week Holden brings his wealth of knowledge to a discussion with host Michael Feinstein about music, lyrics and songwriting.

News Stations: Sun, Jan 01, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 01, 6 pm

Jake Shimabukuro
Alex Ferrari

Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from the shores of Hawaii to the world’s concert stages. In his hands, the humble “little guitar” sings everything from J.S. Bach to the Beatles. His album Grand Ukulele shows off new sides of the musician and features a number of original songs and reinterpretations. On this week’s Song Travels, Shimabukuro performs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and joins host Feinstein for a duet of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

News Stations: Sun, Dec 18, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Dec 18, 6 pm

Melissa Manchester
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Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Melissa Manchester performed with Bette Midler as “Toots in the Middle” in the original group The Harlettes. She co-wrote and produced a number of hits during the ’70s and ’80s, and her songs have been recorded by artists such as Barbara Streisand, Alison Krause, and Johnny Mathis. She reprises a few of her hit songs on this edition of Song Travels, including “Through the Eyes of Love.”

News Stations: Sun, Dec 11, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Dec 11, 6 pm

Vocalist and songwriter Kat Edmonson has played major stages across the country. She also performed on The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits. Her 2014 album, The Big Picture, debuted at Number One on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. On this Song Travels, Edmonson shares her original song “Champagne” and teams up with Feinstein for “Long Way Home.”

News Stations: Sun, Dec 04, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Dec 04, 6 pm

John Wilson on Song Travels

Nov 21, 2016
John Wilson
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British conductor, arranger, and scholar John Wilson serves as conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the UK including his own, which has a reputation as an ensemble of world-class musicians. On this Song Travels, Wilson describes his project to reconstruct the lost film scores of iconic MGM films, such as Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, and The Wizard of Oz. Musical selections include “High Society Overture” and “Les Girls.”

News Stations: Sun, Nov 27, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Nov 27, 6 pm

Aaron Neville on Song Travels

Nov 14, 2016
Aaron Neville
Sarah A. Friedman

Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer Aaron Neville has been a music mainstay for more than five decades. Ambassador to the world for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, he is this week’s guest on Song Travels. Neville performs a set of Doo-Wop greats, such as “This Magic Moment” and “Under the Boardwalk,” and he and host Feinstein create their own magic moment with a duet of “Smile.”

News Stations: Sun, Nov 20, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Nov 20, 6 pm

Roseanne Cash and John Leventhal on Song Travels

Nov 7, 2016
John Leventhal and Rosanne Cash
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Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash is the daughter of Country music icon Johnny Cash and one of the preeminent artists of her time, with eleven Number One singles. On this week’s Song Travels, Cash and her husband and co-writer John Leventhal join Michael Feinstein to talk about their journey to the South to gather inspiration for their 2014 album, The River & The Thread. Performances include their original music as well as a stirring cover of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.”

Hillary Gardner
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Vocalist Hilary Gardner made her debut on Broadway in Twyla Tharp’s musical Come Fly Away, singing solos and duets with Frank Sinatra to much critical acclaim. In 2014, she released her debut solo album, The Great City, a love letter to New York City. On this edition of Song Travels, Gardner evokes memories of another time and place with her take on Tom Waits’ ballad “Drunk on the Moon.”

News Stations: Sun, Nov 06, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Nov 06, 6 pm

Rob Schwimmer on Song Travels

Oct 24, 2016
Rob Schwimmer
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Composer/pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with top artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler. He has also penned scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin. This week, Schwimmer joins host Feinstein to discuss the endurance of standards and to perform a few of his favorites, including “My Funny Valentine.” He honors the legacy of theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore with his composition for the instrument, “Waltz for Clara.”

News Stations: Sun, Oct 30, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 30, 6 pm

Nick Waterhouse
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Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Nick Waterhouse has been called “the young man who makes old R&B” (LA Weekly). His first single, “Some Place,” was recorded in an all-analog studio and released on vinyl. Although his records recall the sound of the 1950s, his style is all his own. On this Song Travels, Waterhouse shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock 'n' roll. Joined by Jay B. Flatt on piano, the session includes his original songs “Sleeping Pills” and “Hands on the Clock.”

Sharon Isbin on Song Travels

Oct 10, 2016
Sharon Isbin
Sony Classical

Renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin has released more than 25 albums, toured worldwide, and premiered some of the finest new guitar works of the last century. Trained by the legendary Andrés Segovia, Isbin is the first and only female guitarist to win a classical Grammy, and she is the founder and Director of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard School of Music. On this Song Travels, her mastery is on display as Isbin shares notable recordings of her work and plays from her classical repertoire.

News Stations: Sun, Oct 16, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 16, 6 pm

Catherine Russell on Song Travels

Oct 10, 2016
Catherine Russell
The Kurland Agency

As a young girl, vocalist Catherine Russell bounced on the knee of Louis Armstrong. She started her career as an ace backup singer for stars including Paul Simon, David Bowie, and Steely Dan. Today she’s a leading interpreter of the Great American Songbook. On this episode of Song Travels, Russell and host Feinstein perform jazz standards with a hint of the blues, including “I Cover the Waterfront” and Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo.”

News Stations: Sun, Oct 09, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 09, 6 pm

Jitterbug Vipers
Clayton Hodges

Austin, TX based quartet the Jitterbug Vipers play 1930s-style viper jazz. Their original music recalls classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Cab Callaway. The Jitterbug Vipers are vocalist Sarah Sharp, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux, percussionist Masumi Jones, and guitarist Slim Richey (who passed away in 2015). We remember Slim Richey this week with the group’s Song Travels session. The band presents a set sure to make you want to get up and dance!

News Stations: Sun, Oct 02, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 02, 6 pm

Rickie Lee Jones
David McClister

  Multiple Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been pushing down musical boundaries for more than four decades with her hauntingly beautiful voice. She has carved her own unique path, collaborating with artists from Alison Kraus to Dr. John. On this Song Travels, Jones employs her sultry voice to perform some of the standards that have inspired her along the way.

News Stations: Sun, Sep 25, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Sep 25, 6 pm

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter had a breakout year in 2012. His album Be Good topped many “Best of” lists and was named iTunes Jazz Album of the Year. In 2014, Porter won a Grammy Award for his third album, Liquid Spirit, and NPR Music has called him “the next great male jazz singer.” On this Song Travels, Porter tells host Feinstein about his gospel roots and his musical upbringing. Porter is joined by Chip Crawford and Aaron James for a set that features songs from Liquid Spirit.

Guitarist, vocalist, and composer Matt Munisteri has uncovered much of the forgotten jazz and swing from the early 20th century. His album Still Runnin’ Round in the Wilderness explores the “lost” compositions of American singer/songwriter Willard Robison. Munisteri and Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by the past, are certainly worth remembering.

News Stations: Sun, Sep 11, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Sep 11, 6 pm

Born into Hollywood royalty, Liza Minelli made her own name on the stage and screen. Her role in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret made her an international sensation and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.  She continues to wow audiences with her iconic presence and powerful voice. Minnelli joins her good friend and Song Travels host Michael Feinstein for a discussion of her life and the evolution of her approach to song.

News Stations: Sun, Sep 04, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Sep 04, 6 pm

Nellie McKay
David Kogut

  Performer, composer, and actress Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age! Her music has also been featured on the television series WeedsGrey’s Anatomy, and Boardwalk Empire. On this Song Travels, McKay and host Feinstein team up for “Pennies from Heaven” and “The Nearness of You,” and she performs her original “Beneath the Underdog.”

News Stations: Sun, Aug 28, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 28, 6 pm

Sam Friend
Kaitlin Hanrahan/Courtesy of the artist

  Sam Friend and his band the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys play jazz, blues, and originals, drawing on the sound of grassroots jazz combos from a century ago. In this edition of Song Travels, Friend joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss his transition from New York trio musician to New Orleans bandleader. He shares his love of traditional “jass” with a rendition of “Sweet Lorraine” on six-string banjo.

News Stations: Sun, Aug 21, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 21, 6 pm

Sheldon Harnick
Joan Marcus

  Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick has been a pillar of Broadway for more than 50 years. After showing promise in writing review songs, Harnick teamed up with composer Jerry Bock to write musicals. Their musical Fiorello! won a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1959. They went on to write hit shows, including Fiddler on the Roof and The Rothschilds. On this episode of Song Travels, Harnick takes listeners on a musical journey through his career’s stories and songs.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Mark Higashino

  Grammy-winning singer and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater embodied the late Billie Holiday in the starring role of Lady Day in 2013. In addition to that performance and her Tony-winning role in The Wiz (1975), Bridgewater has appeared in shows such as Sophisticated Ladies and Cabaret. This week, she talks with host Feinstein about her experience playing Billie Holiday and performs a few of Holiday’s signature songs, including “God Bless the Child” and “Good Morning Heartache.”

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