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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Valerie Simpson on Song Travels

Feb 15, 2016
Valerie Simpson

  Vocalist and songwriter Valerie Simpson and her late husband Nick Ashford formed one of the most powerful musical duos of the modern era. These master architects of soul and R&B penned hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “Solid.” Simpson reminisces about their work and life with host Michael Feinstein.

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

Michael and Lisa Gungor on Song Travels

Feb 8, 2016
MIchael and Lisa Gungor

  Michael and Lisa Gungor started the musical collective known as Gungor, which has been compared to Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Sufjan Stevens. Their first two albums were Grammy-nominated, and their songwriting continues to break ground and defy categorization. On this week’s Song Travels, Gungor demonstrates their innovative sound with a performance of their song “I Am Mountain.”

News Stations: Sun, Feb 14, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Feb 14, 6 pm

Charenée Wade on Song Travels

Feb 1, 2016
Charenée Wade

  Jazz vocalist Charenée Wade began singing at age twelve and learned from jazz luminaries such as Carmen Lundy and Christian McBride. Her clear voice landed her first runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk competition, and she followed this success with her debut album, Love Walked In. On this Song Travels, Wade performs jazz classics, including “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “Blue Monk.”

News Stations: Sun, Feb 7, 2 pm | Classical Station: Sun, Feb 7, 6 pm

Jimmy Webb on Song Travels

Jan 25, 2016
Jimmy Webb

  One of the most prominent songwriters of his era, Jimmy Webb has written for artists including Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, and the Fifth Dimension. He has earned multiple Grammys, membership in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. In this session, Webb presents some of his most memorable songs, including “Galveston” and “MacArthur Park.”

News Stations: Sun, Jan 31, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan, 6 pm

Brandy Clark on Song Travels

Jan 18, 2016
Brandy Clark
Courtesy of the artist

  Country vocalist and songwriter Brandy Clark has written major hits for modern country artists Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and The Band Perry. With her acclaimed debut solo album, 12 Stories, she revitalizes the tradition of storytelling in country music with darkly humorous songs that speak from the experiences of a modern woman. Clarke performs a set of her original songs including “Pray to Jesus” and “Take a Little Pill.”

News Stations: Sun, Jan 24, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 24, 6 pm

John Proulx on Song Travels

Jan 11, 2016
John Proulx

  Vocalist, pianist, and composer John Proulx has a voice that is reminiscent of another all-around musician, the late Chet Baker. Proulx’s songs have been recorded by artists including Nancy Wilson and Mary Stallings, and he’s performed with legends Natalie Cole, Anita O’Day, and Marian McPartland. Proulx joins host Feinstein to discuss the continuing evolution of music.

News Stations: Sun, Jan 17, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 17, 6 pm

Barry Manilow on Song Travels

Jan 4, 2016

  Pop icon Barry Manilow got his start arranging for TV and writing commercial jingles. He was Bette Midler’s pianist before he recorded his 1974 breakout hit, “Mandy.” The rest is chart-topping history. On this Song Travels, Manilow joins Feinstein to talk about his life and career, and he performs “I Am Your Child.”

News Stations: Sun, Jan 10, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 10, 6 pm

Mark O'Connor on Song Travels

Dec 28, 2015
Mark O'Connor
Mitch Weiss

    Mark O’Connor Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor is at home playing bluegrass, country, jazz, and classical. And his approach to teaching strings is considered a rival to the Suzuki Method. Feinstein and O’Connor get together this week’s Song Travels to explore American music, including a performance of Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

News Stations: Sun, Jan 3, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jan 3, 6 pm

Eleni Mandell on Song Travels

Dec 21, 2015
Eleni Mandell
Yep Roc Records

  Vocalist and songwriter Eleni Mandell draws inspiration from the music of Los Angeles-based musician Chuck E. Weiss, the gritty poetry of Tom Waits, and the cool edge of LA punk band X. Mandell brings her novel take on the singer-songwriter tradition to this episode of Song Travels , with stories of lost love and a family gained. She performs her single "Put My Baby to Bed" and joins host Michael Feinstein for a duet of "On the Sunny Side of the Street."

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

Tom Wopat on Song Travels

Dec 14, 2015
Tom Wopat
Courtesy of the Artist

  Actor and vocalist Tom Wopat rose to national prominence when he was cast in the role of Luke Duke on the iconic TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard . More roles soon followed, including the TV show Cybil and the touring production of Annie Get Your Gun. Wopat also has honed his craft as a songwriter and recording artist. On this Song Travels , he performs a set of originals as well as his interpretations from the Great American Songbook.

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

Renée Fleming on Song Travels

Dec 7, 2015
Renée  Fleming
Jonathan Tichler

  Grammy-winning opera star and actress Renée Fleming has performed some of the greatest operatic roles ever written at the world's leading concert halls. Her awards include a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal and the National Medal of Arts. This week, Fleming shares a few of her favorite selections, including songs by Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, and Leonard Cohen.

News Stations: Sun, Dec 13, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Dec 13, 6 pm

Leftover Cuties on Song Travels

Dec 3, 2015
Leftover Cuties
Courtesy of the artists

  LA noir-pop quartet the Leftover Cuties have a sound that is both retro and refreshing. Featured as one of Paste Magazine's “Best of What's Next,” their sophomore album, The Spark and the Fire , is earning the group praise and new fans. On this Song Travels , host Feinstein talks with Shirli McAllen, the group's lead vocalist and ukulele player, and the quartet plays a set of originals from their latest release.

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

Dena Kaye on Song Travels

Dec 3, 2015
Danny Kaye, 1986
Allan Warren via Wikimedia Commons

  Dena Kaye is the only daughter of legendary entertainer Danny Kaye and composer-songwriter Sylvia Fine Kaye. Danny Kaye was a man of boundless talents as a singer, actor, comedian and much more. Dena Kaye is a journalist and author, and she carries on the legacy of her father's humanitarian work through UNICEF and the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation. On this Song Travels , host Michael Feinstein and Dena Kaye look back at the remarkable life of her parents.

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

Patti Austin on Song Travels

Nov 9, 2015
Patti Austin
Blue Note Japan

  Vocalist Patti Austin made her debut at age four at the Apollo Theatre. In her career she has been a prolific session musician and top performer on commercials, which earned her the moniker “Queen of the Jingles.” Her duet partners include Michael Jackson, George Benson, Luther Vandross, and Johnny Mathis. Austin joins Feinstein to talk about their mutual admiration for Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., and the Gershwins.

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

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall on Song Travels

Nov 2, 2015

  Herb Alpert is a world-renowned musician, composer, producer, and co-founder of A&M Records, the largest independent record label in history. He rose to fame with the Tijuana Brass and is the only artist to have a #1 record both as a singer and an instrumentalist. On this Song Travels, he and his wife, vocalist Lani Hall, discuss their remarkable careers. Alpert joins host Feinstein for an instrumental duet of "When Sonny Gets Blue," and Lani Hall performs “That Old Black Magic.”

Sun, Nov 8: News Stations, 2 pm | Classical Stations, 6 pm

Ryan Bingham on Song Travels

Oct 26, 2015
Ryan Bingham

  After an unlikely journey from rodeo rider to singer/songwriter, Ryan Bingham now has a Critic's Choice Award, a Grammy, and an Oscar for his work on the Crazy Heart soundtrack under his belt. This week, Bingham brings his acclaimed songwriting to Song Travels for a stripped down set of tunes from the roadhouse, including his originals “As I Do My Dancing” and “Too Deep To Fill.”

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

  Tony Award-winning actress/vocalist Christine Ebersole has been a stage and screen presence for more than thirty years. Her resume includes the musical Grey Gardens , the Broadway production of Oklahoma! , the TV drama One Life to Live , and FX's American Horror Story: Coven . A recording artist as well as a performer, Ebersole presents a number of her favorite tracks, such as “Two for the Road” and “Shall We Dance?”

Sun, Oct 25 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm

  Vocalist Johnny Mathis started out with a string of hits in the 1950s and quickly became a household name. A two-time inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame, Mathis has one of the most popular albums of all time with Johnny's Greatest Hits , which spent nearly ten years on the Billboard Top Albums chart. This week, Mathis performs “On Such a Night As This,” as well as "Like Someone in Love" with host Feinstein at the keys.

Sun, Oct 18 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm

John Leventhal and Rosanne Cash
Courtesy of the artists

  Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash is the daughter of Country music icon Johnny Cash and one of the preeminent artists of her time. On this Song Travels , Cash and her husband and co-writer, John Leventhal, 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.”

Sun, Oct 11 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm

Rumer on Song Travels

Sep 29, 2015
Courtesy of the artist

  Rumer (Sarah Joyce) was raised in England and Pakistan, and her sound reveals a deep connection to the ’70s singer/songwriter era, along with Broadway, ’30s jazz, and gospel. This week, Rumer joins host Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach, and old Hollywood. She performs a set including “I Loves You, Porgy,” “That’s All,” and her own song “Come to Me High.”

Sun, Oct 04 -- News Stations: 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm 

Jay Leonhart on Song Travels

Sep 21, 2015
Jay Leonhart

  Bassist Jay Leonhart is a highly sought-after session musician, a trio leader, and a one-man act. He got his start as a kid playing banjo and guitar with his brother in the ’40s and ’50s and was inspired to take up the bass after hearing Ray Brown and the Oscar Peterson Trio. He’s played with musicians from all genres and has been on the New York jazz scene for almost five decades. This week, Leonhart brings songs and stories from his act and joins Feinstein for a duet of “Problem.”

-- News Stations: Sun, Sep 27, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Sep 27, 4 pm --

Sharon Isbin on Song Travels

Sep 14, 2015
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, Sep 20, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Sep 20, 6 pm---

Barbara Carroll on Song Travels

Sep 7, 2015

  Jazz pianist Barbara Carroll is regarded as New York’s first lady of jazz piano. Her career has spanned seven decades and includes everything from appearances on Broadway to performances in concert halls worldwide, as well as a remarkable 24-year run at Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel. She currently performs regularly in New York with bassist Jay Leonhart. On this Song Travels, Carroll performs “No Moon at All” and joins host Feinstein for the Gershwins’ “Isn’t It a Pity.”

News Stations: Sun, Sep 13, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Sep 13, 6 pm

Justin Kauflin on Song Travels

Aug 31, 2015
Justin Kauflin
VSA International

  Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin attended William Paterson University, where he formed a friendship with his mentor, the late Clark Terry. Justin, who lost his vision at age 11, connected with the trumpeter, who was dealing with his own vision loss. Their journey together was chronicled in the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On. He went on to work with Quincy Jones, and his 2015 album, Dedication, topped the jazz charts. This week, Kauflin remembers his mentor with “For Clark.”

---Sunday, Sep 6 on our News Stations at 2 pm | Classical Stations at 6 pm---

Rebecca Roubion on Song Travels

Aug 26, 2015
Rebecca Roubion
Courtesy of the Artist

  The songs of Nashville-based indie vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Rebecca Roubion have been featured on the TV shows Bones and Pretty Little Liars. Drawing from the influences of Carole King and Eva Cassidy, her voice has been compared to Norah Jones, and her single “Break” was included on the 2014 album Nashville’s Indie Spotlight. Roubion joins Feinstein to talk about her recordings, Fields and Forests, and she performs her original songs “Vacherie Girl” and “Feel Better Sam.”

---News Stations: Sun, Aug 30, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 30, 6 pm---

Arturo O’Farrill on Song Travels

Aug 10, 2015
Arturo O'Farrill
John Abbott

Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill is the son of the late Chico O’Farrill and has carried on his father’s legacy as director of the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has performed worldwide. On this Song Travels, Arturo O’Farrill brings his own interpretation to “Not Now, Right Now” by Papo Vazquez along with a performance of his original tune “Siboney.”

  ---News Stations: Sun, Aug 16, 2pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 16, 6pm ---

Marilyn Maye on Song Travels

Aug 7, 2015
Marilyn Maye
Maryann Lopinto

  ---News Stations: Sun, Aug 9, 2pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 9, 6pm ---

Actress and vocalist Marilyn Maye is a lifelong performer with a career spanning nearly eight decades. Her big break came in the 1950s and she went on to become a staple of the New York and West Coast Cabaret scenes. She appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson a total of 76 times and has released a number of notable albums. On this edition of Song Travels, Maye joins host Feinstein for a medley of “Big Time” and “Open a New Window.”

David Hyde Pierce on Song Travels

Jul 27, 2015
David Hyde Pierce
Courtesy of the artist

--- News Stations: Sun, Aug 2, 2pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 2, 6pm --- Actor, singer, and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the television series Frasier. A Tony Award-winning stage actor, Pierce joins Feinstein to talk about everything from Beethoven to Monty Python. He performs a few of his favorite songs, including a duet of “You’re the Top” with Feinstein at the piano.

Hillary Gardner
Courtesy of the artist

--- News Stations: Sun, Jul 26, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jul 26, 6 pm --

  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.”

José James
Janette Beckman

  July 19
José James

Vocalist and songwriter José James draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He’s toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her classics “Loverman” and “I Thought About You.”