The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, explores the legendary songs of 20th century America in a new NPR series, Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. Produced by SCETV Radio, the series surveys the passage of American Popular Song throughout the American landscape, evolving with each artist and performance.
Beginning with his tutelage under Ira Gershwin, Feinstein has mastered the history and performance of American popular music and today, re-imagines this music for a new century, as he welcomes guests to share unique stories through their own “song travels” through the Great American Songbook. Guests include Joshua Bell, Thomas Lauderdale (Pink Martini), Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and Rumer.
Host Michael Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist. Guests as diverse as Joshua Bell, Bette Midler, Cheyenne Jackson, Rumer, Thomas Lauderdale, and Liza Minnelli give intimate performances and share personal insights of his or her interpretation of the Great American Songbook.
Friday, December 6, 2013 3:14pm
Singer and songwriter Shelby Lynne has carved her own path as a respected independent artist. A Grammy winner for Best New Artist, her path to artistic freedom was a long time coming. After years in Nashville, Shelby Lynne relocated to California, where she continues to earn high praise. Today she owns her own label, Everso Records, releasing her latest three albums with full artistic control. On her 2011 album, Revelation Road, she performs on all the instruments. On this edition of Song Travels, Shelby Lynne performs her own songs and joins host Michael Feinstein for a soulful rendition of "You Belong to Me."
Friday, November 29, 2013 10:13am
Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis hails from one of New Orleans's most distinguished jazz families. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio Blood on the Fields as well as multiple Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts. By composing and performing a wide range of new music, he has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and has created a vital body of work. He serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wynton Marsalis joins host Michael Feinstein on this edition of Song Travels to talk about the music that has impacted him most, including a duet by Wynton and his father along with a recently discovered recording of Louis Armstrong's last known performance.
Friday, November 22, 2013 5:43pm
Singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham has made the unlikely journey from rodeo circuit rider to Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar winner for the soundtrack to Crazy Heart, a 2009 Jeff Bridges film featuring Bingham's original song, "The Weary Kind." In 2010, The Americana Music Association honored Bingham with the organization's top award: Artist of the Year. In 2012, Bingham released his fourth studio album Tomorrowland on his own label Axster Bingham Records. On this Song Travels, Bingham performs selections from Tomorrowland, including "As I Do My Dancing" and "Too Deep to Fill."
Friday, November 15, 2013 2:03pm
Gloria Gaynor is best known for her sensational 1978 hit, "I Will Survive," which won the only Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording in 1980. Following the disco era, Gaynor continued to perform and made appearances in film, television, and on Broadway. The World Music Awards honored her with a Legend Award in 2002, and she was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005. On this week's Song Travels, Gaynor shares her newest single, "All the Man that I Need," and performs standards with host, Michael Feinstein.
Friday, November 8, 2013 10:34am
Singer/songwriter and actor Eric Benet 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. He also has a busy acting career in film and television and starred in the 2011 feature film, Trinity Goodheart. He has collaborated with artists ranging from the legendary producer David Foster to R&B singer Faith Evans.
His sixth album, The One, was released in June 2012 and retains his signature sound. Eric Benet 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.