Timothy Walker on Listening Lyrics, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Timothy Walker is a folk musician and singer-songwriter originally from the Atlanta area, but currently residing in Davis as he works on his PhD in English literature. He performs and writes music under the stage name Threadbare, Brother. His first full-length record, When the War is Through, was released in 2011. The album explores the themes of spiritual transformation in the midst of personal grief and uncertainty.

After a long hiatus from performing, he is working on a new set of songs that seek to portray the complexities of queer love, loss, and longing in the aftermath of religious trauma. Visit Timothy at

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Paul Smaldino of The Small Dinosaurs to appear on Listening Lyrics, Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at 4 p.m.

Paul Smaldino is the lead singer of The Small Dinosaurs, a strange band dedicated to singing songs about the little things that matter. Their first album, Household Songs, is entirely about household chores, and is available everywhere on the internet. Their second album, Dad Songs, is due out in 2023. Paul will most likely perform a song or two live in the studio. Listen in, get to know Paul, and lern a bit about little things that matter.

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Favorite songs and why we have them, 4 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 12, on Listening Lyrics

This will be fun. I have asked 6 people I respect to name a favorite song. Any genre, any reason. Their picks are a stunning example of why music moves us.

Listen in as I read their stories and play their selection. You will be moved by the songs.

Steve Beck of Needle will be live in the studio on Listening Lyrics, Friday July 29, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Steve Beck has been involved with music most of his life, from founding a leading musician portal in the early days of the internet, and speaking at SXSW, to releasing three acclaimed albums with his band Needle, and traveling the globe to speak to musicians on behalf of the U.S. State Department.

Needle blends Beck’s low-fi minimalist arrangements with Julie Cornett’s collection of lullabies and symphonic sagas. The duo's most recent release, The Long View, came during the pandemic. They enlisted Dana Colley (Morphine, Twinemen, Vapors of Morphine) to play saxophone on a few tracks, and Kramer (Low, Galaxy 500, Daniel Johnston) mastered the project. The Noise Room is Steve’s home on the web; he wrote or conducted most of its articles and interviews.

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Album of the Week, Johnny Cash, 'American IV: The Man Comes Around,' Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Text adapted from a review in The Guardian.

At 70, Johnny Cash was still defiant and still making country music with a rock 'n' roll attitude when he released American IV: The Man Comes Around in 2002. He was Robert Mitchum with an acoustic guitar. His ill health had merely given his odes to unrepentant bad boys a stinging resonance.

The title track rambles down the road to Armageddon, but this being the Man in Black, it's doubtful he'd be happy in heaven. He savours his role as a murderer in "Sam Hall," spitting with hate while grasping at life. Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" is given a sheen of weariness from someone who has battled his own drug demons, the sharp self-pity smoothed to a blurry mundanity. Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" goes from grand opera to a personal quest for fulfilment. Cash's vocals betray his fragility -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sounds like karaoke, Grandad-style -- but he still puts guest stars Don Henley and Nick Cave in the shade with his fury, humour and absolute cool.

Drummer Greg Anton, of influential Bay Area band Zero, is interviewed on Silver Nine Volt Heart, July 21, 2022

Today's special guest on Silver Nine Volt Heart is Greg Anton, drummer and co-founder of the San Francisco musical institution Zero, which began in Marin County in the early 1980s. Zero released more than eight albums from 1987 to 2002 and played more than 1,300 concerts. In addition to Greg, and guitarist Steve Kimock, the musicians who joined in the adventuresome and spirited musical journey were a who's who of the Bay Area live music experience, including John Cipollina, Banana, and legendary Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

Zero recently released Naught Again, a live album recorded in 1992 at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. The band will return to the venue this fall to celebrate the release and to fire up the epic sounds of Zero in San Francisco 30 years later. We will also talk with Greg about his new album, StarFire

Neil Nayyar, multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, in a live interview on Listening Lyrics, Friday, July 22, at 4 p.m.

Neil Nayyar plays 117 musical instruments from around the world.

Chances are if you love a particular type of music, Neil plays it, and he plays it well. Classical, Bollywood, jazz, rock, and sounds from all over the world flow from this musician, but this is not the only amazing thing about him.

Neil’s parents credit much of his ability and love of music to Mozart classics he listened to while still in the womb. However, his talent didn’t surface until he was five years old when he took a drum class and wowed everyone, and this was just the beginning.

A lot of Neil’s talent and abilities as a multi-instrumentalist are natural, but he leaves nothing to chance. In fact, he practices his music six hours each day. The child prodigy is receiving training from 25 musical professionals both locally and internationally.

Neil holds the Assist Foundation’s world record as the youngest person to play all those instruments from all parts of the planet. The Assist Foundation provides a lot of resources for secondary education opportunities for young people around the world.

Telemakus shows us jazz fusion/funk, live on Listening Lyrics Friday, July 15, at 4 pm

Telemakus, 22, is an Indian-American composer/pianist/producer/UC Davis student who has worked on numerous projects and recently put out his critically acclaimed album, The New Heritage. Listing Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Butcher Brown as influences, Telemakus aims to delve into the jazz fusion/funk and hip-hop sound. His music is modern, yet pays homage to the past. He grew up listening to jazz and hip-hop, and taught himself to play the piano and make beats.

After honing his craft, he collaborated virtually during the pandemic to finish his album. It was never recorded in a studio, but instead was made through Zoom sessions, with individual parts sent back and forth online. His music, praised on Spotify, Apple Music, BBC 6 Music, Worldwide FM, The New York Times, and more, has amassed more than 2 million streams.

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Didar Singh Khalsa visits KDRT, Live on Listening Lyrics, Friday July 1, 2022 at 4 pm

Listening Lyrics is proud to present Didar Singh Khalsa. He has played guitars for 52 years, but started writing, singing and recording songs only six years ago, inspired by six consecutive trips to the guitar/songwriting camp taught by the amazing Richard Thompson. He claims the muse is relentless and not even very intermittent. Let’s test that theory.

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Davis Music Fest is back and KDRT broadcasts opening night live starting at 5 p.m. June 17, 2022

The Davis Music Festival is back and celebrating its 10th year! The event runs from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19, and hosts 40 bands in three days across six downtown venues. Opening night happens at Sudwerk Brewing, where KDRT will again broadcast live from the kickoff. This year Sudwerk will have two stages, and KDRT will be onsite for interviews and live audio from the north stage with The Big Poppies, Wolf Jett, and Royal Jelly Jive. The live broadcast begins at 5 p.m. Friday on 95.7 FM with audio streaming at The Davis Music Fest benefits the Davis School Arts Foundation. For more information about all bands, schedules, etc., go to