Arts & Letters Music Review

Jul 21, 2019

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we celebrate the music from Season Five.

Hosted by producer Mary Ellen Kubit this episode shares favorite and memorable music from the various episodes this year. 

The Artisanals
Amy Garland
Grace Askew
The Damsels in Distress
Handmade Moments
Folk Family Revival
Becca Mancari
Bonnie Bishop

S. J. Tucker

Our Executive Producer and Host J. Bradley Minnick is busy in the studio recording for Season Six, but he'll break away for a few minutes for a behind the scenes discussion about how music is selected and placed in various episodes.           

As many of you know, music is at the heart of much of our storytelling, and we typically feature singers, songwriters and musicians from Arkansas and across the mid-south. 

This episode aired Friday, July 26th at 7:00pm cst, and Sunday, July 28th at 9:00pm cst.

Season Five found us working with several new artists as well as some old favorites.  

From “Bookmarked with Steve Yarbrough”:

  • “Angel 42” by Charleston-based The Artisanals and their 2018 debut self-titled album
  • Fun fact, this episode also has original music from author Steve Yarbrough
  • “Blood Still Here in My Veins” is from Central Arkansas artist Amy Garland from her 2013 album Hang a Light

From “Fierce Solitude”:

  • “Tossin ‘n’ Turnin” from Memphis singer songwriter Grace Askew, from her 2010 album Until They Lay Me Down to Rest

From “The River Whispers Her Name”:

  • "Fishing At Midnight" by A&L frequent contributors, The Damsels in Distress--the husband and wife duo of Lauren & Micah Sukany. Fun fact, the A&L theme song is also by The Damsels in Distress

From “Marvel, Wonder and Surprise”:

  • “The Cowboy Kind” by Grace Askew. Check out her song a day challenge on her Facebook or Instagram account

From “Because You’ve Never Died Before”:

  • “Base Pay” by the Arkansas duo Handmade Moments, Anna Moss & Joel Ludford, from their 2015 album Eye In the Sky. Fun fact, Joel was an intern at KUAR's sister station KLRE Classic here at UA Little Rock Public Radio
  • “Unfolding” from Houston-based band Folk Family Revival from their debut 2011 album of the same title. Fun fact, A&L has a recent Facebook Live video featuring and interview with the band!

From “She was of the River, Parts I & II”:

  • “Arizona Fire” by Becca Mancari, an American folk musician based in Nashville and from Mancari’s 2017 debut solo album Good Woman
  • “River of Joy” by Bonnie Bishop from her 2019 album House Sessions, Vol 1. Fun fact, we met Bishop in the fall of 2018 when she performed at Stickyz Rock "n" Roll Chicken Shack
  • “Girl From the River” an original ballad written and performed by Arkansas native  S. J. Tucker. For more information on the documentary, check out the Helen Spence Project on Facebook

For more information on each artist, just click the hyperlinks to visit their individual websites.  Also, consider following & supporting these artist on Spotify, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, etc. Special thanks to the G.E.M.S. and The Mad Deadly, who also had brief excerpts of their music in this episode.

If you like the music on Arts & Letters Radio, check out our Spotify playlist that features all available songs. 

Want to share a band, book, or idea with us? Email us at artsletters@kuar.org.

Thank you to Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack for keeping music alive and well in Arkansas. And, a very special thank you to all the talented musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters who so generously shared their work with us this past season. We appreciate and value our partnership!

Generous funding for this episode was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Executive Producer:  J. Bradley Minnick

Host: Mary Ellen Kubit 

Producer: Mary Ellen Kubit