109 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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    • 4.6 • 29 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.

    Mary Gauthier

    Mary Gauthier

    Episode 217: Nashville master songwriter Mary Gauthier returns to The String to talk about her new album Dark Enough To See The Stars and her remarkable 2021 memoir Saved By A Song. Mary's entree into songwriting was unusual to say the least, a lifeline for a woman in her 30s recovering from substance abuse and putting together a full self after a traumatic childhood. She handles the prose and her song poetry with similar attention to detail and economy of language, and she weaves it all into a way of being that's made Mary an in-demand teacher and speaker. This was our most wide-ranging and profound conversation yet, and that's saying something. 

    • 57 min
    Eric Brace on 25 Years of Last Train Home

    Eric Brace on 25 Years of Last Train Home

    Episode 216: In a casual, expansive conversation, Craig visits with his old friend Eric Brace, founder of alt-country band Last Train Home. Brace was a music journalist for the Washington Post when he formed the DC based group in the mid 1990s. Then in the early 2000s, he and the rhythm section moved to Nashville, where LTH found a new life and Brace branched out as a label owner with Red Beet Records, which documented the rising East Nashville music scene. Brace has continued to tour with small acoustic groups, but Last Train Home keeps releasing albums, most recently 2022's Everything Will Be. 

    • 58 min
    Kenny Greenberg plus Bros. Landreth

    Kenny Greenberg plus Bros. Landreth

    Episode 215: Since moving to Nashville at age 21 in 1978, Kenny Greenberg has built a reputation as a guitarist who could bring rock and roll punch and jangle to commercial country records as well as a standout behind the glass. Besides his seminal work with Allison Moorer, Kenny has produced albums by the Mavericks, Josh Turner, Joan Baez, Toby Keith and just recently Hayes Carll. And his studio resume is extensive and diverse, including work with Etta James, Chris Knight, Lee Ann Womack, Amy Grant, Jon Randall, Bob Seeger, and his wife of many years, Ashley Cleveland. Now he's released the first solo album in his career. Also in the hour, the Bros. Landreth from Canada about their new record and the song they wrote that Bonnie Raitt just released, with Kenny Greenberg playing guitar. 

    • 58 min
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Episode 214: Will The Circle Be Unbroken, released 50 years ago, revolutionized how country and bluegrass music were perceived by mainstream and youth culture in America. The 3-LP set of 37 songs came about when west coast country-rockers The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band persuaded a cast of venerated elders of Nashville to collaborate with them over a week at Woodland Studio in East Nashville. Craig spoke with founder Jeff Hanna, distinguished alumnus John McEuen and new generation member Ross Holmes about the band's history, the Circle album and the new release Dirt Does Dylan.

    • 58 min
    Robert Earl Keen plus S.G. Goodman

    Robert Earl Keen plus S.G. Goodman

    Episode 213: Rarely do artists retire in their prime, but that’s what Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen is doing. In January, he announced to the surprise of his many fans that he’d play 2022 into September and then wrap up his road career with a final show in Helotes TX, a favorite venue. He’s 66 years old and very much in fighting shape. But he’s got other things he wants to do. He’s planning to write songs, get more focused on his excellent podcast and pursue what he feels like. He’s not ruling out shows in the future, but he sounds pretty determined in the interview ahead not to return to a tour bus. Also, a visit with Kentucky indie roots rocker S.G. Goodman. 

    • 58 min
    Steve Forbert plus Michaela Anne

    Steve Forbert plus Michaela Anne

    Episode 212: Decades after it came out in 1979, you still regularly hear “Romeo’s Tune” by Steve Forbert over PAs in the grocery store or on oldies radio if that’s what you’re into. But don’t let that early hit define Forbert’s long, distinguished career. He’s an excellent and widely admired songwriter with more than 20 albums to his credit. He came by Craig’s home studio to talk about his mindset moving from his hometown Meridian, MS to New York in the 1970s, on up to his latest record, Moving Through America. Also in the hour, songwriter Michaela Anne on her lovely, reflective album Oh To Be That Free.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

tomgentry9796 ,

Great show!

I loved the episode on Tulsa. Looking forward to the Blonde on Blonde episode as well as many others.

Cleo the Dog ,

Terrific

So glad I found this show. Thoughtful, respectful interviews with important artists. Just great!

cowboyji ,

Good, good stuff

Craig Havighurst is one of the smartest guys around and, luckily for us, he's not afraid to show it. He also has great taste in music. Tie those two things together and, yeah, that's the String.

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