Seven Spanish Angels: Romance, Violence and Absolution in the West

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles (screencap of a live performance)

“Seven Spanish Angels” When I pick up the guitar to sing, I like to launch into the long ballads. The melody sinks in to me through repetition. The lyrics, many refined over time by unknown self-appointed editors, flow out. If I’m lucky, I discover something new inside them. I let … → read more

Podcast: Black History in Words and Music, pt 2
Episode #16-08 | airing 2-24-16

This week we’ll conclude our two part feature celebrating Black History Month. Last week we heard some classic music from the early days of sound recording plus a set of tunes from the Civil Rights Movement. This week our program takes a sharp turn as we listen to more music … → read more