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.
Remembering Ellen McIlwaine
She was a visionary, a champion of women’s voices, a builder of connections between musical worlds, and a true Alberta treasure. Ellen McIlwaine's abilities as a vocalist and guitarist were seemingly endless in scope. She moved effortlessly between genres, styles, settings, and traditions. Her career is dotted with guest appearances by greats like Jimi Hendrix and Jack Bruce. On this episode, we remember Ellen with the help of Taj Mahal, Sue Foley, Cassius Khan, Peter K. Siegel and Holger Petersen.
k.d. lang | Just Keep Me Moving
k.d. lang's discography has explored everything from cowpunk, to smooth pop, to jazz. Their new album 'Makeover' may be the most delightful surprise of all! It's a stunning collection of dance remixes dating from 1992 to 2000. On this episode, we'll explore this fascinating “hidden zone” in their career. k.d. talks to us about the roots of their love for dance music. Plus, Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara shares her appreciation for k.d.’s work, trailblazing influence, and the power of the dance floor.
Richard Thompson | One Door Opens
When he quit the band Fairport Convention at 21, Richard Thompson had already revolutionized folk rock, and become a roots music icon. That was just the beginning of his astounding half-century-long career! It's a journey he traces in his new book, Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice (1967-1975). On this episode, Richard Thompson joins us to reflect on his influential and fascinating career in music.
Willie Dunn | Music is a Forever Thing
He was a celebrated singer-songwriter, activist, award-winning documentarian, and a true trailblazer. As a musician, Willie Dunn was compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Pete Seeger. He’s credited for creating Canada’s first music video. Yet, too few Canadians are familiar with his work. On this episode, we celebrate the release of Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology with guests Lawrence Dunn, Kevin Howes, Bob Robb, Alanis Obomsawin, and Leanne Betasamosake Simps
It's My Way | Buffy Sainte-Marie at 80
In honour of her 80th birthday, CKUA's Hidden Track podcast explores Buffy Sainte-Marie's remarkable artistic journey. This episodes features personal reflections from Buffy Sainte-Marie herself. Plus, biographer Andrea Warner, Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red, Celeigh Cardinal, Jeremy Dutcher, Owen Pallett, and Dallas Good of the Sadies help us delve into Buffy's unparalleled artistic genius as a musician, songwriter, visual artist, Oscar-winning composer, activist, educator and trailblazer.
Charley Pride and the Black Roots of Country
When he died in 2020, Charley Pride left behind a mind-blowing legacy. He was one of the biggest country stars in history. His road to staggering success required incredible struggle and strife. Charley was a transcendent star, who managed to overcome huge barriers. You can't tell his story without getting into the much-misunderstood history of Black country music. Our guests include Peter Cooper (Country Music Hall of Fame), Valerie June, D'orjay the Singing Shaman, and music writer Garth Cartwright.
Insightful music podcast that’s a delight to listen to
Such a great podcast to have on and learn about all decades and genres of music. Very well done!
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I quite enjoyed the 3 podcasts I listened to, specifically Charlie Pride, Willie Dunn and Richard Thompson. These could be better with a selection of music related to the subject artist.
The Charlie Pride interview became ridiculous with a leap of logic by one of the interviewees that had Trump responsible for the death of Charlie Pride. I know the leftist brigade will rise up in support of such a suggestion.
Keep up the good work. I love the affiliated station CKUA.
I only ever knew Charley Pride by his music. Nice job revealing his real life journey! It helped me see this unique, talented & pioneering musician within his historical context. What an incredible man and story! Thanks.