Ken Tucker http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/carlene-carter-carries-heavy-burden-history-lightly <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbdrFYYgn3k</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 42930 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/jon-langford-sings-our-impulse-destroy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJO6KR5A9wg</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 42800 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sara-evans-country-power-ballads-punch <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lexeFtDREPg</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 42038 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/angel-olsen-voice-confounding-power <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/245998397/angel-olsen" target="_blank">Angel Olsen</a> begins the song "Hi-Five" by paraphrasing <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199726/hank-williams" target="_blank">Hank Williams</a>, admitting she's so lonesome she could cry. She goes on to say she just wants someone who believes in love as urgently as she does. The twanging guitar throbbing beneath these sentiments suggests that it's going to be a long, lonely search. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:31:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41504 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/pharrell-just-exhilaratingly-happy Pharrell Williams, who frequently goes by just his first name, is the sort of pop star whom many people would like to view as a friend. Emerging from hip-hop, he makes charming recordings that suggest a deep appreciation of pop, soul and R&B music extending at least as far back as the 1960s. To hear Pharrell on his new album <em>G I R L</em>, you'd think his world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41258 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/chuck-mead-gleefully-sinister-country-serendes In "Reno County Girl," Chuck Mead serenades us with a tale about a young woman with whom his narrator fell in love. It's a loping country song, Mead's version of cowboy music, but as its pretty melody unfurls, you realize that its scenario is bleak: Mead's character urged her to leave home despite the objections of her father, and it turns out Daddy was right — this guy leaves her all by her lonesome much of the time. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:35:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41070 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/vertical-scratchers-slashed-chords-fractured-poetry The members of Vertical Scratchers don't have to pretend: They are free spirits, making music that is at once tightly composed, whimsical and anarchic.<p>The vocals on a Vertical Scratchers song tend to be high-pitched and yearning. John Schmersal creates harmonies from his vocal tracks that have a keening romanticism. His guitar lines are a series of slashed chords — vertical scratching, and thus the band's name. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 40705 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lake-street-dive-portraits-heartache Lake Street Dive is powered by the voice of Rachael Price; it's what hits you first when you listen to this quartet. It's a ringingly clear, strong voice, a sound that's at once beseeching and in control. Price regularly harmonizes with the other members of Lake Street Dive — bassist Bridget Kearney, drummer Mike Calabrese and Mike Olson, who also plays guitar and trumpet. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 40086 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hangin-tuff-eric-church-takes-chance-outsiders <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397601/eric-church">Eric Church</a> is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch. Now, one of the things I mean by that is that Church is willing to take big chances such as "The Outsiders," the title track from his fourth album, and clearly a manifesto he's proud of. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 39950 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders' Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/dont-pigeonhole-me-bro-new-country-albums-borderline <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqrktVBto4s</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp9gKMU4TJU</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 39300 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hard-working-americans-songs-ordinary-joe <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0yWTr2mGUk</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:10:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 38965 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/uneven-vital-bruce-springsteen-has-high-hopes <em>High Hopes</em> is a different sort of release for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14837922/bruce-springsteen">Bruce Springsteen</a>. It features original and cover songs that had been performed live over the years, some never recorded in a studio setting, as well as a few older songs reconceived with new arrangements and musicians.<p>Springsteen first recorded the title track in the '90s; it's a cover of a song he's long liked, by the band The Havalinas. It's a good, rough-sounding piece of music, with a rousing chorus that sounds both joyful and determined. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 38504 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes' Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rosanne-cash-seeking-thread-through-southern-history For the past two decades, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15009017/rosanne-cash">Rosanne Cash</a> has lived with her family in Manhattan, but in 2008, she was asked if she wanted to help with a project to restore the childhood home of her father, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15165794/johnny-cash">Johnny Cash</a>, in the small town of Dyess, Ark. She agreed and went down there to do some fundraising — and in the process, she and her husband, producer-songwriter-guitarist John Leventhal, took some car trips throughout the South, soaking up history and music. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:29:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 38309 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ken-tuckers-top-10-albums-2013 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUqHEzgFRoA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCP0y-mbaFo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUxkZreYiQs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C02bCT6telc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLx11xq6X7Q</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e9NSMY8QiQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uFjXd9trQE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypJ3dP7qCpE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij0Vg0jQJks</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEsEUpk5rU8</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 37131 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013 A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/former-girl-group-singer-goes-all-or-nothing A half-century on, La La Brooks still sings about boys and girls falling in love. At an age when other veterans of first-generation rock movements are thinking about retirement or oldies tours, Brooks has come up with a fresh, energetic collection that doesn't deny her past, but also refuses to succumb to mere nostalgia.<p>Brooks has a strong, surging voice that has deepened over the years, as can be heard in "Mind Made Up." But it's not as though the teenager who sang The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me" was a cooing puppet for Phil Spector. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:40:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 37057 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing' Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/two-sides-holiday-cheer-kelly-clarkson-nick-lowe <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMimVRA1hRo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks4xy_HVD9I</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:08:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 35546 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe Brandy Clark Tells The 'Stories' That Are Tough To Hear http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/brandy-clark-tells-stories-are-tough-hear <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCP0y-mbaFo</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:06:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 34755 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Brandy Clark Tells The 'Stories' That Are Tough To Hear It's A Family Affair On Linda Thompson's 'Won't Be Long Now' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/its-family-affair-linda-thompsons-wont-be-long-now <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394091/linda-thompson">Linda Thompson</a> is probably best known for the albums she recorded with her husband <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14960080/richard-thompson">Richard Thompson</a> in the '70s and early '80s. They divorced, and Thompson has maintained a sporadic solo career. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:22:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 34277 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org It's A Family Affair On Linda Thompson's 'Won't Be Long Now' 'The Blow' Puts An Artsy, Electro-Pop Spin On Attraction http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blow-puts-artsy-electro-pop-spin-attraction Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album, "The Blow" by the music and performance are duo called The Blow which was conceived by its singer, Khaela Maricich. Melissa Dyne plays a more behind the scenes role, arranging, mixing and co-producing much of this new collection. The music made by The Blow can be broadly labeled as electro pop, but Ken says it goes further than that.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "A KISS")<p>KHAELA MARICICH: (singing) The kiss was just some thing to do with my tongue until you kissed me. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 33851 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/two-bluegrass-truths-james-king-and-alan-jackson <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s-k8Q_40cA</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:14:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 33682 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson