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Fog City Blues: Kim Lembo

Jul 20, 2016

For more than 35 years, Kim Lembo has been giving back to the world of music singing her version of the blues.

Bob Dylan at 75: A Bay Area History on Fog City Blues

May 25, 2016

Bob Dylan turns 75 on May 24. His first formal concert in the Bay Area took place in San Francisco on November 25, 1964; his most recent was October 30, 2014 in Oakland (he and his band return next month for a pair of shows in Berkeley).

Live From the Fog City Blues Volume 3

May 18, 2016

20 on-air performances from the past two years are compiled on a brand-new third volume of Live From the Fog City Blues – local artists playing original blues (and beyond) live in the KALW studio. 

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional live on Fog City Blues

Apr 27, 2016

The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. 

Saul Kaye live on Fog City Blues

Apr 13, 2016

With Passover just around the corner, San Francisco bluesman Saul Kaye has just released Jewish Blues Volume IV: Down Home Nigguns and Other Songs from the Family Tree.

Tumbleweed Wanderers live on Fog City Blues

Apr 6, 2016

Busking outside of countless Bay Area venues, Tumbleweed Wanderers took the stage on the streets of San Francisco in 2011 with the hopes of simply sharing their music. 

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is John Givens: guitarist and bandleader of No Lovely Thing, performing Friday, 2/12, at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.

With a shared obsession for musicology, film, history, and design, Wolf & Crow sought to craft a fully immersive world within their 2015 debut album, Folklore. Sweetly chilling harmonies, woody folk-guitar picking, and rustic slide guitar interweave to form a haunting and beautiful American-Primitive landscape. 

Tamarind Free Jones

 

 

We Became Owls is an alternative Americana band from Oakland. Songwriter Andrew Blair and multi-instrumentalist Ross Warner began creating, writing and composing music together in middle school. Now they're joined by upright bassist Doug Keen, vocalist and banjo picker Kelly McFarling and either Andrew Laubacher or Kyle Caprista on drums.

 

Claude Shade

 

The T Sisters are a contemporary folk band from Oakland, California. Songwriters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen are joined on stage by upright bassist Steve Height and Andrew Allen Fahlander on mandolin and guitar. The vocally-driven five piece will perform at the Sixth Annual “Backyard Concert” taking place Saturday afternoon, July 25th, in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 4pm.

 

Bhi Bhiman live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jun 24, 2015

Born in St. Louis to Sri Lankan parents, Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman pairs songs about immigration, history, race and global politics with a blend of bluesy pop, Caribbean-infused folk, Motown-inspired urban soul, and psychedelic garage rock.

Tumbleweed Wanderers live on Fog City Blues tonight

Apr 21, 2015

In two short years, Tumbleweed Wanderers have gone from playing sidewalk jam sessions to headlining venues around the Bay Area. The story and sound of the band -- an Americana inspired mix of soul and classic rock-n-roll -- spread throughout the Bay, the West Coast and across the country, essentially, independently. They join host Devon Strolovitch for a live in-studio preview of their new album, Realize, this Wednesday 4/22 at 9 pm.

Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes tonight on Fog City Blues

Nov 12, 2014

In 1967, Bob Dylan and several members of what became The Band got together in upstate New York. For months, they played and played – and recorded as they went along. It took 8 years for some of the music to come out officially, but in that time, the legend of The Basement Tapes grew. Bootlegs were passed around, little hints of the bigger treasure that existed somewhere.

Americana!

Jun 15, 2013

"Folk Music & Beyond" offers new and recent releases in Americana by Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Greg Brown, Patty Griffin, Bruce Molsky and others.  Also featured are old-time fiddlers Rayna Gellert and April Verch.  Broadcast 6/15/13; available on KALW's Local Music Player until 6/22/13.

Folk Music & Beyond 6/2

May 27, 2012

Live music by two of the headliners at the upcoming San Francisco Free Folk Festival.    The Americana duo Misner & Smith will be in at 3 pm, performing their original songs and talking about their roles in the musical "Woody Guthrie's American Song."  At 4 pm, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman perform songs from Melody's new debut CD "Gold Rush Goddess."