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You're a music devotee and want to know more about an artist than who produced their new release (you know, the interview answer they're giving every other media outlet in the country). WFPK in Louisville, KY is proud to present "The First Cut," conversations with some of the most talented singer/songwriters recording today. WFPK's award-winning music host, Laura Shine, asks guests like Micheal Franti, Ani Difranco, recent Grammy nominee Eric Burton (Black Pumas) and more about some firsts in their lives. Same set of questions, totally different answers. Artists recall favorite moments, firsts, and even share stories they've never told!

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You're a music devotee and want to know more about an artist than who produced their new release (you know, the interview answer they're giving every other media outlet in the country). WFPK in Louisville, KY is proud to present "The First Cut," conversations with some of the most talented singer/songwriters recording today. WFPK's award-winning music host, Laura Shine, asks guests like Micheal Franti, Ani Difranco, recent Grammy nominee Eric Burton (Black Pumas) and more about some firsts in their lives. Same set of questions, totally different answers. Artists recall favorite moments, firsts, and even share stories they've never told!

    Emily Saliers

    Emily Saliers

    Did you know?
    -Emily Saliers and her musical partner in the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray, met in middle school in the cafeteria where Emily and her band were playing? She is also a huge fan of hip hop and the band Heart. Currently she's working on two musicals, something she had never done before. Find out more about these projects and a lot of the music she's currently into on this week's episode of WFPKs The First Cut!

    • 30 min
    Adam Weiner

    Adam Weiner

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    - Adam learned piano by ear, rather than learning to read music.

    - The first concert Adam saw was Alvin & The Chipmunks.

    - To date, Adam has covered over 700 songs on his "Tough Cookies" series of live broadcasts.



    If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPKs The First Cut!

    • 27 min
    The War & Treaty

    The War & Treaty

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    - The first concerts Michael and Tanya saw were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, respectively.

    - Michael considers Johnny Cash and Ray Charles to be his biggest musical influences, and says they "embody everything in what it means to be an American."

    - Michael is a war veteran who suffers from PTSD, and the band's single "Five More Minutes" was written about a particularly dark time where his demons nearly got the best of him.



    If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you’ve got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPKs The First Cut!

    • 38 min
    Adia Victoria

    Adia Victoria

    Did you know?



    - Adia's first concert was The Strokes, where singer Julian Casablancas licked her face while crowdsurfing.

    - Adia is a huge Fiona Apple fan, and "fangirled out" when she had the opportunity to tour with her bassist Sebastian Steinberg.

    - Adia's first musical obsession was Kurt Cobain, who died when she was only seven-years-old.



    If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPKs The First Cut!

    • 21 min
    Aloe Blacc

    Aloe Blacc

    Did you know?



    - The first record Aloe fell in love with as a child was "Double Dutch Bus" by Frankie Smith, which he and his sister would listen to on a Fisher Price record player.

    - Aloe's first group, the hip hop duo Emanon, took its name from a Dizzy Gillespie song.

    - Aloe got his first record deal as a vocalist by singing Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" over a hip hop instrumental.



    If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPKs The First Cut!

    • 20 min
    Caroline Rose

    Caroline Rose

    Did you know?



    - Caroline has been a huge Chris Isaak fan since she was very young.

    - As a kid, Caroline's parents wouldn't let her listen to any albums with a Parental Advisory label after she was caught singing along to "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy.

    - Caroline played flute and trombone in her high school marching band.



    If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you've got a lot to learn from this episode of WFPKs The First Cut!

    • 27 min

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