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This week on Art of the Song we present an unusual story. In 2012, guitarist Wilko Johnson of Dr. Feelgood fame, was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer and given 10 months to live. He approached his friend Roger Daltrey of The Who and asked his assistance to record one final album. A session was set up and the two collaborated for one week in the studio, emerging with “Going Back Home,” an album which subsequently won “Album of the Year” at the British Classic Rock Awards. A few months ago, we were all set to interview Wilko Johnson remotely from a studio in London, when we got a call from the publicist saying, “Wilko isn’t feeling well today, and we’ll have to cancel.” Sadly, we went about our business. Half an hour later we received another call saying, Roger Daltrey was in the studio, and would we mind interviewing him instead? Didn’t take long for us to respond with a resounding, YES! The result was an intimate chat with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer about the project with Wilko Johnson, his charity work with teen cancer patients, and we even got a chance to talk about the early days of The Who. [visit Roger's website]

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Mary Gauthier. Her songs are about as idiosyncratic as anything in the world of “popular music.” They’re painfully personal, yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different their life paths. Though she lives not far from the hit-making mills of Music Row in Nashville, she admits to knowing nothing about how to write on command. She says, “I have to be called to write. The call comes from somewhere I don’t understand, but I know it when I hear it.”



Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Leon Russell. Leon began his career playing in clubs in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After moving to Los Angeles, he became a sought-after session player, playing on numerous hits of the 1960s. As a sideman, he performed with scores of notable artists including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. He also worked as a producer and arranger, and eventually became a solo recording artist in his own right. Leon Russell hits include, Delta Lady, This Masquerade, Tight Rope and A Song for You. Defying categorization, Leon is comfortable in many genres, including rock, blues, gospel and country. In early 2014, he released a retrospective of his career entitled Life Journey, executive produced by his longtime friend Elton John. We had the honor of speaking with Leon on his tour bus in Roswell, New Mexico.



We sat down with Cormac McCarthy just before the release of his fifth recording, Collateral. This new release is the product of a mature writer, musician, performer, humorist, and family man who has turned a kind heart and a keen eye towards the life around him, sharing it with us all through talents seasoned by fan pleasing shows around the country.