Each one-hour show features live interviews with local and national artists to hear their music and/or listen to music that might have inspired them. Do not let the name fool you, this show is all about music. Genres are focused on singer/songwriter, Blues, Americana, Jazz and Bluegrass. The show is hosted by Pieter Pastoor, who as a poet has a good ear for meaningful lyrics. Pieter's co-host is Jeanne Pastoor, who is known to ask those insightful questions that keeps this show in fine-tune mode.
Listening Lyrics Oct 17th, 2014 with Dr. Andy Jones
Dr. Andy visits KDRT and Listening Lyrics. The topic is poetry in today's popular music culture. Listen NOW
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis (1996), M.A., University of California, Davis (1992), B.A., Boston University (1989)
Andy Jones has taught for the English Department and the University Writing Program since 1990. Originally trained as a poet and interpreter of poetry, Andy has taught classes at UC Davis on TS Eliot, the Poetry of the Beat Generation, and Close Reading of Poetry, as well as the Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop. As a Lecturer in the University Writing Program, Andy enjoys teaching pre-professional writing classes, and counts among his favorites Writing in Fine Arts, Writing in the Professions: Elementary and Secondary Education, which he has taught once or twice a year since 1996, and UWP 104C: Journalism. Andy was named “Educator of the Year” by the Associated Students of UC Davis in 2006.
Formerly coordinator of the University Writing Program's Computer-Aided Instruction Program, Andy loves to teach in computer classrooms, and now also serves the campus as Academic Associate Director of Academic Technology Services, where he advises faculty on instructional technology and recent research in adult learning, and edits The Wheel, the campus Instructional Technology Blog. From 2005 to 2010 Andy coordinated the Faculty Mentoring Faculty Program and co-coordinated the Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology, both sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2008 Andy gave the Plenary Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the University of California, Office of the President, President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and in 2009 and 2010, Andy joined a delegation of faculty that provided faculty development at the Nara Institute on Science and Technology in Nara, Japan.
Committed to outreach and encouraging cross-disciplinary thinking, Andy serves as faculty advisor to The Voice, the campus Undergraduate Health Journal; works with undergraduate creative writers as the faculty advisor to Nameless Magazine, the undergraduate journal of creative writing at UC Davis; speaks before groups of students assembled by Student Advising, the McNair Scholars Program, Professors for the Future, and the UC Davis Medical School’s Post-Baccalaureate Program; and hosts "Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour" on radio station KDVS. He is also the Chair of the Cultural Action Committee of the City of Davis. His recent publications include an essay on teaching with Twitter in Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media, on Beat Art and Poetry in Lifescapes Magazine, and a book of poetry, Split Stock, that Andy co-authored with Writing Program colleague Brad Henderson. Currently Andy is working on a new book, Cages, and enjoys co-hosting the bimonthly Poetry Night Reading Series at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis (see http://www.poetryindavis.com). Andy lives in Davis with his wife, Kate, and their three children, Geneva, Jackson, and Truman.
Listening Lyrics Oct 10th, 2014 with the HEY-NOWS!
The HEY-NOWS, This well known local band finally makes their appearance on LISTENING LYRICS and we are thrilled. Formed by singer-songwriters Lee & Roger, the group features Andrew Sisco (bass) & Nicolo Scozzari (guitars, vocals).
Lee & Roger are both veterans of the Northern California rock music scene, having recorded and played in bands from Sacramento to Redding. Since its formation, the group has been busy playing cafe's/coffeehouses, fundraisers, wineries, and a myriad of other venues & events in the greater Sacramento region.
The Hey-Nows! are an acoustic-electric band that weave Power Pop melodies within an Americana landscape to create a new, engaging sound for listeners of all ages. Mixing obscure gems (Big Star, Badfinger, Velvet Underground) with well-known classics (The Band, America, The Beatles), their own original compositions are right at home.
Vist the HEY-NOWS on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/theheynows
A short video of the HEY-NOWS! in the studio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs12FfLQ-Io&list=UUGAP8Loyd3hrcPZNy7POLrg
Listening Lyrics Oct 3rd, 2014 with EverTree
Talk about a special duo. One great voice and a guitar to accent each song makes Evertree a duo to watch - NO, HEAR. Listen in for a full hour with Evertree.
Evertree is an alternative folk rock duo based in Northern California Lori Hawk, singer-songwriter and keyboardist, and Sam Hawk, singer-songwriter, 12-string guitarist and bassist, play a blend of originals and unplugged classic rock favorites.
Band mates in the folk trio, Finding Fable, Lori and Sam are songwriting partners and fellow seekers of the meaning of it all.
Visit EverTree on their web site at www.evertreeband.com
A short video clip of the band performing in the studio here on YouTube
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Listening Lyrics Sep 19th, 2014 with CASEY GROAT
Sometimes young talent needs a little polishing, but in the case of singer/songwriter CASEY GROAT he comes to us with a shine that begs to be heard. Casey enjoys a natural stage presence along with the tunes that he crafts. Picking away at his guitar shows us that young talent is worth more then a listen but worth our attention.
With Casey was his friend/DJ Zach
Listen now for an hour with Casey.
View a short GoPro video of Casey in the studio here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wE0aYWTjK8&feature=youtu.be
Listening Lyrics Sep 12th, 2014 with Eliza Gilkyson
Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father. Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash.
The Grammy-nominated songwriter has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg, as well as with the Woody Guthrie review, Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway, alongside the Guthrie Family, Jimmy Lafave, Slaid Cleaves, and special guests Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.
Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Eliza’s meditative “Requiem,” written as a prayer for those who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, was recorded by the nationally recognized choral group Conspirare, whose version was nominated for a Grammy and won the prestigious Edison Award in Europe. The song has become a standard in choir repertory the world over. Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez’ Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow. In addition to touring in support of her previous release, Roses at the End of Time, in 2011 and 2012 Eliza and label-mates John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky performed as “Folk Super Trio” Red Horse, a side project whose CD stayed for months at the top of the Folk Music Charts. Eliza recently was invited to contribute a track on the Jackson Browne tribute, Looking Into You (due to be released in early 2014), along with Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Sara Watkins, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin and others.
Eliza is an active member of the Austin music and political community, including the environmental organization Save Our Springs (www.sosalliance.org), and she is a co-founder of www.5604manor.org, an Austin-based activist resource center that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.
Listening Lyrics Sep 5th, 2014 with Nat Lefkoff
Nat LEFKOFF visited LISTENING LYRICS for the second time, and rightfully so. Nat is an American singer/songwriter from Northern California, currently residing in Washington state. Nat brings with him not only his great writing capability but also a voice that compliments his lyrics. A voice that shares its soul is rare, and Nat does share it with us. It's a complete package that makes you want to hear more. Nat is also full of enthusiasm about his life, and we heard all about it. Nat was accompanied with Tyler Gholson (back up vocals) and Raven (Vocals and violin).
Short video clip from the studio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptsf792dbXo&feature=youtu.be
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Also played was Corey Larue "House of the Rising Sun"
Listening Lyrics Aug 22nd, 2014 with Evan Clayburg and Sally Hensel.
Listen in to the dynamic duo of Evan Clayburg and Sally Hensel. They are Davis residents who met through their shared passion for music and art. Evan along with Sally are founding members of the THIRD SPACE ART COLLECTIVE in Davis, an art collective and music show venue where emerging creatives express themselves in a supportive atmosphere. In mid September Evan and Sally will be embarking on a 4 month creative journey to share what they’ve learned and learn from other likeminded creative spaces.
The first leg of their journey will take the to an artist residency at Dope Chapel in Norman, Oklahoma. Evan will be walking from Los Angeles to Norman, drawing personal inspiration from the walk, an exercise in discovering the intersection of the mundane and the epic. Sally’s project will focus on using plastic bags to create a large scale interactive installation, raising awareness of creative repurposing in a fun, meaningful way. The second leg of their journey will take them to Todos Santos in Mexico where they will work and study under Donna Billick, a well know artist from Davis as she works to create a “Third Space” for school children there.
As if that isn’t enough the pair will then go to Mexico City to discover the underground creative network there. All this before they get married in the spring of 2015. Listen in to Evan and Sally discuss their next few months of adventure, The interview was sprinkled with "walking" songs.
Vist THIRD SPACE at http://www.thirdspacedavis.com/art/
Check out Evan's animated sketching in a music video. https://vimeo.com/68958795
Listening Lyrics Aug 15th, 2014 with ROWAN MCGUIRE
Listen in as you hear a young man funnel his talent through music. He filled the studio with some great sounds. So, Rowan McGuire is my guest for the full hour. Rowan is a singer-songwriter from Davis, California, where he plays guitar, drums and sings. His songs feature unique finger picking techniques that have percussive elements, and they involve many different tunings. Recently he has added lyrics and vocals to his guitar playing to increase the depth and diversity of his music, blending vocal melodies and harmonies with complex picking patterns. His musical influences are John Mayer, Ben Howard, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee, and Tommy Emmanuel.
Listening Lyrics Aug 8th, 2014 with Luke Pena & Micah Groom
Singer/songwriter Luke O. Pena and Micah Groom were our guests. Lukes' genre is folk/indie/acoustic.With their band mates they form the group TREEBEAR. Listen in while we explore this Davis resident's music.Luke and Micah have climbed 10 of the tallest mountains in the USA -- WITH their GUITARS. Yes, they played and sang on the mountain tops. You can hear their music at -