Bob Boilen, the host and producer for NPR’s All Songs Considered as well as the popular Tiny Desk Concerts, has put together Your Song Changed My Life, a printed collection of some of the many interviews he has conducted with musicians in the nearly thirty years he has worked at NPR. He talked to WUTC's Richard Winham.

Local musician Bruce Livolsi is a one-man band known as A Man Called Bruce. He joins us to talk about his new album LIVE in the Studio.

From his Web site:

Sprinter, the sophomore album by southeastern singer/songwriter Torres, recently earned a spot on NPR's Favorite Albums of 2015 (So Far.)  Torres has also garnered praise from, Paste magazine and

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The trio of string players who founded Harpeth Rising are all classically trained, but they have eclectic tastes in music.  Their songs are a blend of bluegrass, folk, rock and classical.  They call what they do “chambergrass” or “chamberfolk.“

Banjo and viola player Rebecca Reed-Lunn joins us to talk about the band.  They'll perform at the Riverbend Festival on Thursday, June 11th at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU stage.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick is a concert pianist and Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc.  She joins us today to talk about ways music and rhythm can be used to help patients with Parkinson's disease and autism.  MTGIC has a free concert, Tales of the Neural Tango, coming up March 22nd, and so Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us how neurological disorders affected classical composers Robert Schumann and Olivier Messiaen.

From a press release about the concert:

Interview: Jon Terrey of Stolen Nations

Feb 2, 2015

Please Be Quiet Please host Rachel Smith speaks with Jon Terrey of the band Stolen Nations about their four-song EP Smoke Signals, which was released in late 2014.  In the interview, Terrey explains how a grunge mixtape he was given in fifth grade changed his ideas about music.

Chattanooga native Alex Volz returned to the Scenic City after more than a decade of living in Los Angeles.  While in LA, he recorded a children's album, Awesome Songs for Cool KidsNow that he's back here, he's been performing his wild, hilarious songs at local events like Normalpalooza and the Mainx24 festival.

Volz has fans in both Chattanooga and Los Angeles.

Ogya African Music Band of Chattanooga has recorded a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela.  Ogya's Kofi Mawuko, who is originally from Ghana, joins WUTC's Richard Winham to discuss the tribute.


When Chattanooga natives Fred Cash and Sam Gooden were still just teenagers they joined Curtis Mayfield to form The Impressions. The Impressions went on to become one of the most successful groups of the era. Between 1958 and 1975 they had a string of Top Ten hits including “I’m So Proud”, “Gypsy Woman” and “Amen.”

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform a holiday concert on December 13th at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Michael Devine, the group's new artistic director, joins us for a conversation about the concert and about his background.  As a child, he was one of a small number of Americans to be part of the world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir.

From the Choral Arts Facebook page:


EDITOR’S NOTE: Blake Blum is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior interning with WUTC.  She’s also a huge fan of K-pop, a genre of music originating in South Korea. “Gangnam Style” is the best-known example of K-pop, but it turns out there’s a lot more to the genre. In this story, Blum explains why K-pop appeals to her, even though she lives about seven thousand miles away from South Korea and doesn’t speak the language that most of the lyrics are sung in. “Believe me, Blum says, “when I became obsessed with K-pop I was a little thrown, too.”

Last Fall Corey Petree and his wife, Colleen, staged the first Fly Free Festival outside Nashville. About 1000 people showed up and everyone had a good time, according to Corey Petree—but he lost quite a lot of money. Just the same neither he nor his wife was ready to give up and they are trying again. This time they’ve chosen a location nearer to Chattanooga. In addition, he told Richard Winham, they have a stronger lineup this year.

There are two more shows left in this year’s Riverfront Nights series. Jeff Styles,responsible for finding the bands and organizing the shows every week, says that this year’s series has been by far the most successful season yet.

Riverfront Nights is back Saturday evening after taking a break for the Southern Brewers festival last weekend. As always in addition to the music there are a number of activities planned including paddle boarding and a couple of trail runs. Jeff Styles talks about the music and Randy Whorton from Wild Trails talks about the trail runs and paddle boarding.

The Choo Choo Chorus is a group of 45 local barbershop harmony singers who sing together and in individual quartets. On August 16th the full Choo Choo Chorus as well as a number of the quartets will be in concert singing songs from Disney movies. Richard Winham talked to the one of the quartets –The Chattanooguys—Marcellus Scott, Bo Christian, David Fleury and Wally Edmondson.