13 episodes

We all remember the moment we discovered that secret song on one of our favourite albums. Often, those hidden gems provide a revealing peek behind-the-curtain, leading us to new insights about the artists and recordings we thought we knew.

CKUA’s Hidden Track podcast aims to do the same, by bringing you stories that change the way you experience music. Any given week, we’ll get to the heart of the song with the musician who wrote it, reflect on a landmark recording with the producer and engineer who helped shape it, or examine the legacy of a musical icon with the critic, biographer or industry player who knows them best. Whoever the guest may be, each episode will provide a moment of discovery you won’t soon forget.

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    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

We all remember the moment we discovered that secret song on one of our favourite albums. Often, those hidden gems provide a revealing peek behind-the-curtain, leading us to new insights about the artists and recordings we thought we knew.

CKUA’s Hidden Track podcast aims to do the same, by bringing you stories that change the way you experience music. Any given week, we’ll get to the heart of the song with the musician who wrote it, reflect on a landmark recording with the producer and engineer who helped shape it, or examine the legacy of a musical icon with the critic, biographer or industry player who knows them best. Whoever the guest may be, each episode will provide a moment of discovery you won’t soon forget.

    Ep 13 | Anoushka Shankar

    Ep 13 | Anoushka Shankar

    It’s rare to perform your first gig to a few thousand people at a celebration for a musical icon. That's the pulse-pounding experience that ushered Anoushka Shankar into the public sphere. Anoushka has been making records since she was a teen, under the tutelage of sitar master Ravi Shankar. She fuses her training in Indian classical sitar with everything from flamenco, electronica, Latin music to folk-pop. She talks to us about growing up the child of an icon, and how she’s carving out a legacy of her

    • 30 min
    Ep 12 | Kat Danser

    Ep 12 | Kat Danser

    Kat Danser's chance encounter with Al Green in a parking lot in Memphis was part of an experience that put her on a path to a place in her life that she could never even have dreamt of when she was growing up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. On the eve of her induction into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame, Grant Stovel talks to the musician and ethnomusicologist about her journey into music at 33, and her Ph. D studies in blues and roots music of the American south. 

    • 57 min
    Ep 11 | Shawn Everett

    Ep 11 | Shawn Everett

    Shawn Everett is one of the most in-demand and hardest-working production minds in music today. His skills as a recording engineer, producer, and mix engineer have been put to use on albums by The War on Drugs, Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, John Legend, Kurt Vile, and Vampire Weekend. He's garnered a boatload of Billboard #1 Albums, and Grammys. He’ll tell us the story of the life journey that has taken him from growing up in small-town Alberta – to having the world beat a path to his door in L.A.

    • 51 min
    Ep 10 | The Who's 'Tommy' at 50

    Ep 10 | The Who's 'Tommy' at 50

    It was a ground-breaking, game-changing, mold-shattering album. The Who's 'Tommy' was one of the best-selling rock albums of its day; hailed universally as a creative breakthrough. What led to 'Tommy' is a remarkable story. What happened following it is even more fascinating.

    Music journalist and author Richie Unterberger, author of Won’t Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia takes us through the story on this week's Hidden Track.

    (Photo by By Jim Summaria CC BY-SA 3.0)

    • 44 min
    Ep 9 | Stewart Copeland

    Ep 9 | Stewart Copeland

    The legendary drummer and composer talks to Grant about his latest project, Stewart Copeland’s Orchestral Ben-Hur, which comes to Edmonton’s Winspear Centre this month. Stewart shares the story behind his rich cultural upbringing, growing up the child of a C.I.A agent stationed in Cairo, Egypt. He also reflects on founding The Police alongside Sting, an epic jam session with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson of Rush that had an unfortunate ending, and his score for Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Rumble Fish.’

    • 33 min
    Ep 8 | Neko Case

    Ep 8 | Neko Case

    Grant talks to Neko Case about her latest record 'Hell-On', co-produced by Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John) and recorded in Stockholm. That’s where Neko was when she found out her home in Vermont had burned down. We'll hear her surprisingly zen outlook on the fire. Plus, Neko tells us about finally claiming the title of "producer" after 20 years in the music business. We'll also hear about how her collaboration with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs changed her approached to her 7th studio album.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

JoonBarrie ,

CoolSpool

A Brilliant listen! From beginning to end. Goosebumps.

Lalalauraland12 ,

Can’t wait to hear more....

Great first episode! So authentic, and conversational, exactly what I would expect from CKUA. Well done, can’t wait to hear more.

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