From The Library… Breaking Out

Today’s broad­cast takes yes­ter­day’s theme and expands on it quite a bit. One of the ben­e­fits of hav­ing an eclec­tic music library with a large num­ber of odd albums in it is that you can intro­duce lis­ten­ers to new artists and music they have nev­er pre­vi­ous­ly heard (the down­side being that you gen­er­al­ly can’t play requests).

Thus today we look at some of the artistes with folk roots based in the USA who per­haps do not not get the atten­tion they deserve out­side their appar­ent gen­res – or even at all. Peo­ple like Kate Camp­bell, with her incred­i­ble sense of humour and yet the abil­i­ty to write mov­ing, poignant songs from the Deep South. Ali­son Krauss with her sweet, sweet voice. Lori Lieber­man, the song­writer respon­si­ble, but sel­dom remem­bered, for Killing Me Soft­ly. Lucy Kaplan­sky, a New York-based for­mer psy­chol­o­gist-turned-song­writer. Joan­na New­som, a mag­nif­i­cent poet­ic and harp-play­ing tal­ent from Cal­i­for­nia. Angela Kaset – Nashville-based but break­ing the bounds of the local genre. And sev­er­al more.

We promise you an eclec­tic col­lec­tion today, from bare min­i­mal­ist vocal and gui­tar to large-scale string arrange­ments. Some you may have heard of; many you may not. We hope they will all move you, one way or anoth­er.

• This pro­gramme is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

• You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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