275 episodes

The String is weekly think radio featuring conversations and features on culture, media and American music - anchored by veteran journalist and broadcaster Craig Havighurst. Music makers, enablers, instigators and documentarians are featured with enough time to go deep and burrow into issues, while letting the music play too. Music news, previews, Time Machine Tape and 90 Second Spins round out the hour.

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    • 4.7 • 35 Ratings

The String is weekly think radio featuring conversations and features on culture, media and American music - anchored by veteran journalist and broadcaster Craig Havighurst. Music makers, enablers, instigators and documentarians are featured with enough time to go deep and burrow into issues, while letting the music play too. Music news, previews, Time Machine Tape and 90 Second Spins round out the hour.

    Rev. Shawn Amos and The Secret Sisters

    Rev. Shawn Amos and The Secret Sisters

    Episode 283: It’s a split episode this week featuring a renaissance man of roots music from a “famous” background and a duo from Alabama who’ve been on a wild career ride since they were first discovered by producers T Bone Burnett and Dave Cobb. We start with Rev. Shawn Amos, who grew up in Los Angeles with his dad Wally, founder of Famous Amos cookies. Since launching in music, Shawn’s been a shape shifting songwriter and performer, a historic A&R executive, an entrepreneur and more. His latest Soul Brother No. 1 casts him in yet another new light. And I check in by Zoom with Lydia and Laura, the magnificent Secret Sisters. On their newest, Mind, Man, Medicine, they took full advantage of the historic recording studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, just down the road from where they live. It’s yet another triumph.

    • 59 min
    Charlie Parr

    Charlie Parr

    Episode 282: For twenty years, Duluth, MN troubadour Charlie Parr has been touring every corner of the nation, sleeping in his van and living lean, to bring his unique take on the country blues to the people. Reserved, cerebral and devoted entirely to his own vision, he’s one of our finest folk artists and a lyricist well worthy of a certain other Minnesota songwriter who so famously blended poetry and the blues. He took a new tack with his latest album on Smithsonian Folkways, tapping producer Tucker Martine and his studio friends for a contemplative and immersive album of ruminations, pictorials, and stories. For someone who’s not comfortable in interviews, he spent a convivial hour at my studio and left behind a remarkable conversation.
     

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    Bahamas And Kelsey Waldon

    Bahamas And Kelsey Waldon

    Episode 281: There are countless reasons to pay homage to the legacy of country music and almost as many different ways to do so. Both of my guests this week - the Canadian artist Bahamas and Nashville’s Kelsey Waldon - are doing just that in their own ways with recent projects. At a time when country traditions are strong across the Americana landscape, Bootcut by Bahamas and There’s Always A Song by Waldon demonstrate the power of devotion to a craft on one hand and celebration of heroes on the other. 
     

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    Jerry Garcia's Bluegrass Journey

    Jerry Garcia's Bluegrass Journey

    Episode 280: It's taken decades for the nature and impact of Jerry Garcia’s formative years as a musician and band leader to emerge and become semi-common knowledge, because for many, his devotion to old-time string band and bluegrass music between 1961 and 1964 doesn’t square with the quantum jams he’d be leading just a few years later. But because of the Dead, and Garcia's side projects like Old And In The Way, we have jamgrass, a popular branch of the family tree where instrumental interplay coexists with preservation of classic songs. And at last, this connection is made, and this story is told, in a new museum exhibit set for a two-year run, Jerry Garcia – A Bluegrass Journey, at the Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY. Episode 280 of The String takes you there with sound and voices from its grand opening weekend in late March.

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    Suzy Bogguss

    Suzy Bogguss

    Episode 278: Suzy Bogguss started playing and performing on a hand-me-down guitar from her sister in small-town Illinois. After a few years making a living out west playing at ski lodges, she moved to Nashville, where she carved out a special place in 1990s country music. Amid a time of diversity and vibrancy in the format, her sweet, folky voice took flight when she found the right songs, including the career-makers “Someday Soon” and “Outbound Plane.” She’s toured steadily ever since, though recordings have been selective since 2000. During the pandemic though, she took on her first album of new material with last fall’s Prayin’ For Sunshine, the first where she’d written all of the songs. In this hour, we cover every key stage of this award-winning career.

    • 58 min
    Vince Herman plus Kyle Tuttle

    Vince Herman plus Kyle Tuttle

    Episode 277: Few pickers have toured harder or traveled farther than jamgrass veteran Vince Herman, who co-founded the iconic Leftover Salmon 34 years ago in Colorado. Yet there are always new things to try, so he’s added the band The High Hawks to his list of collaborations. Our sit-down visit was sparked by that band’s album Mother Nature’s Show doing so well on the Americana chart and by his own recent move from Colorado to Nashville, where he’s become a hub of the picking scene and an avid co-writer. We cover a lot of ground from his origins in Pittsburgh and West Virginia to the everlasting desire to play the next show. Also in the hour, progressive banjo player Kyle Tuttle calls in from a fishing trip to talk about his years with Molly Tuttle and his new solo album Labor Of Lust.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

pwb in dc ,

Jerry Garcia episode is a classic

The Jerry Garcia episode is the best podcast episode (of any type) this year. The three part structure, interviews and analysis are supurb. Lots of great new info here. I’m keeping this episode and telln’ all my friends about it. Tks.

StopeNasty ,

Craig is a fount of music wisdom

So good!

Rick Shanley ,

Wonderful Todd Snider interview!

Questions I’ve never heard him asked… very intimate discussion. Thank you, Craig!

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