Yola’s Incomparable Vocal Ability Takes Stage at WNXP’s Sonic Cathedral

It’s hard to imagine that Yola could top her 2019 debut Walk Through The Fire, but her follow up Stand For Myself exceeds all expectations and marks a shift in her sonic approach. Moving beyond the Americana realm, her sophomore effort features elements of disco, symphonic soul and classic pop. With musical arrangements and guidance […]

Roots Music Roomies Allison Russell And Yola Worked To Get Somewhere In A Year of Staying Put

2020 was a year of many unexpected firsts for musicians. For singer-songwriter Allison Russell, one of those was planting a garden behind her brick ranch rental in Madison. The bottom half of her face hidden behind a golden mask, she gave an outdoor tour of the premises, pausing to point out a success story: a […]

Songs You Listen to on Repeat

I was delighted when WNXP listener Jordan emailed me with a great idea for a Thematic Static show — the highly subjective, therefore highly diverse mix that is “Songs You Listen to on Repeat.” His examples were St. Vincent’s “New York” and Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” Unsurprisingly — no surprises, please? 😏 — two […]

Break-up songs: Pt.1 and Pt. 2

This theme doesn’t need an introduction, not really. What huge proportion of recorded music is about the end of relationships? You really came through with requests, so we stretched this one over two weeks, also. Listen to both shows here, where you can stream the archives (πŸ‘‡). We welcome your stories and requests anytime at […]

Songs about dancin’

We served up another double dose of Thematic Static over two weeks, because there is simply no shortage of songs written about — and many times also for — dancing. A WNXP listener named Sharone requested this theme months ago, by snail mail 😊, so I started the first show with one of her suggestions, […]

Joy Oladokun sings for everyone β€” especially herself β€” on ‘Proof of Life’

Appraisals of popular output from Nashville, where convention holds sway in the shadow of the country music industry, tend to interpret a performer’s stance either as conformist or rebellious. Joy Oladokun is one Nashville contender who’s no more confined to those polarized possibilities than any other type of binary. She’s a Black, queer woman, and […]

Nashville’s music community reacts to deadly school shooting

Nashville’s music community expressed empathy, anger and frustration in the wake of a deadly school shooting that took the lives of three children and three adult staff members this morning. Our sister station, WPLN, has ongoing coverage of the shooting with reaction from local and state officials. We surveyed Twitter and Instagram for the conversations […]