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Ann Delisi's Essential Conversations
13 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Ted Hawkins: Folk Singer, Busker (Rare 1994 Interview)
In this rare 1994 interview with folk singer Ted Hawkins – recorded one year before his death – Ann Delisi speaks with Hawkins about going from busking on Venice Beach to getting a major label record deal, and appreciating the past to look forward to the future.
25 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Ida Mae Brings British Americana Across the Pond
Husband and wife duo Ida Mae (Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean Ward) join Ann Delisi to talk about their blues influences, relocating to the U.S. from London, and their 2019 album “Chasing Lights,” recorded at Real World Studios.
24 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Joshua Henry: Tony-winning Performer on the Joys of Working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and his Debut EP, "Guarantee"
Joshua Henry has been in every one of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musicals, starting with In the Heights (2008), and including his role as Aaron Burr in the first U.S. tour of Hamilton (2016). Henry talked with Ann Delisi about his career, and his new EP, Guarantee.
35 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Robert Stiles: Solving Mysteries in Music History
Nearly 20 years ago, Robert Stiles discovered 29 unknown works by virtuosic bassist and composer Serge Koussevitzky. Now, Stiles is the Principal Librarian for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he puts his knowledge of music history and U.S. copyright law to work. Stiles spoke with Ann Delisi about his early career, discovering Koussevitzky’s works, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at how orchestra find and obtain the music for their performances.
32 minutes | May 28, 2021
“Rough Cut Stone”: Family is Foundational for Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter is an accomplished singer and songwriter, but he didn’t do it on his own. In this episode of Essential Conversations, Ann Delisi talks with Porter about how his brother and mother were foundational in his career, which includes two Grammy wins for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Liquid Spirit, 2014; Take Me to the Alley, 2017). Plus, Don Was tells the story of how signing Gregory Porter was his first act as president of Blue Note Records.
44 minutes | May 14, 2021
Al Sutton: Award-winning Record Producer at Rust Belt Studios
Al Sutton talks with Ann Delisi about his award-winning career as a music producer. They talk about Sutton’s creative process working with some of rock music’s top talent at Rust Belt Studios, including Greta Van Fleet and Kid Rock. Sutton also tells the story of the “Wolfbox,” a key component of the Motown sound.
30 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Joanne Shaw Taylor: British Blues Guitarist and Singer
British blues rocker Joanne Shaw Taylor spoke with Ann Delisi about being discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, performing alongside Paul McCartney and Elton John, idolizing Stevie Ray Vaughn, and moving to Detroit from the United Kingdom.
30 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Ani DiFranco Is Still Fighting the Patriarchy With Her Music, 30 Years Later
Prolific musician and activist Ani DiFranco joins Ann Delisi to talk about her new single, “Do or Die,” how activism and social movements have defined her career, and why she chose to shave her head (again).
28 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
EP 28: Laurie Anderson: Performance Artist, Author, Musician, Filmmaker
In this rare 1994 interview, Ann Delisi talks with avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson about her decades-long career as a performance artist, her love/hate relationship with technology, writing a retrospective on her career, and getting out of creative ruts.
35 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
EP 27: Jeff Mills: Electronic Music Pioneer and Co-founder of The Underground Resistance
Jeff Mills is one of the pioneers of electronic music. He talked with Ann Delisi about co-founding The Underground Resistance in Detroit, the early days of radio, and the challenges of working with Classical musicians.
40 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
EP: 26 John Sinclair: Revolutionary activist, poet, and writer
John Sinclair co-founded the White Panthers, managed the MC5, and was at the center of a landmark 1972 wiretapping case that went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Sinclair joined Ann Delisi to talk about his revolutionary life and work in Detroit as an artist and activist.
28 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
EP 25: The War and Treaty
The War and Treaty are a vocal powerhouse with a story as moving as their music. The husband/wife duo spoke with Ann Delisi about how they met, writing music while deployed in Iraq, and playing Saddam Hussein’s piano. Blue Note Records president Don Was also joins the conversation and remembers the first time he heard them sing.
26 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
EP 24: Remembering the day Jeff Buckley played at WDET
Since his tragic death in 1997, Jeff Buckley's music and legacy has only increased in popularity. Those who worked with him remember an incredibly talented, charismatic artist. In this episode, Ann Delisi talks with former WDET staffers about the day in 1994 that Buckley and his band performed live at WDET, and what it took to get him there.
40 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
EP 23: Billy Mann
Billy Mann has worked with pop heavyweights like Carole King, P!nk, Cher, and Ricky Martin. In this episode of Essential Conversations, Ann Delisi talks with Mann about his longstanding songwriting relationship with P!nk, working with iconic musicians, and the bets big record companies make on new talent.
30 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
E22: Adam White, Author of “Motown The Sound of Young America”
Adam White co-wrote this book with Barney Ales, who was Berry Gordy’s partner at Motown Records. While Berry handled the artistic and creative side of Motown, Barney Ales made sure the records got played on the radio, that they were distributed to the buying public and that Motown got paid.
37 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
EP 21: Journalist, News Anchor, Documentarian Emery King
Emery King recalls covering the Carter and Reagan Administrations as the NBC White House Correspondent, how race played a role in the trajectory of his career and moving to Detroit to cover local news.
25 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
EP 20: Tina Sinatra
Episode Description In December of 2015, Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 years. His daughter, Tina Sinatra, talked with Ann Delisi about her famous father. TinaSinatra
27 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
EP 19: Alice Cooper, Jack White and Detroit Tiger, Kirk Gibson
These 3 Detroiters sat down in front of an audience to talk with Ann Delisi about music and sports at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit to benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s
31 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
E18: Iggy Pop & Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch
In October of 2016, Ann Delisi talked with Iggy Pop & Jim Jarmusch in front of an audience at the Detroit Film Theater following the premiere screening of the film “Gimme Danger” about The Stooges.
46 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
E17: Rock and Blues Guitarist Billy Davis
Ann Delisi talks with Billy Davis about his friendship with James Brown, his history working with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and meeting an unknown aspiring guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, who learned not only guitar playing techniques, but some of his signature stage moves, from Billy Davis.
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