Episode 161: Sheryl Crow

“Redemption Day (feat. Johnny Cash)”

 

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Sheryl Crow is a singer-songwriter from Missouri. She’s released ten studio albums, sold over 50 million records, and has won nine Grammys.

In April 2019, Sheryl Crow released a new version of her song “Redemption Day,” which was first released on her self-titled album in 1996. This new version features vocals from Johnny Cash, who recorded a cover of the song that was released posthumously in 2010. And in this episode, Sheryl Crow breaks down how it all came together.

You can buy or stream the new version of “Redemption Day” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rwandan genocide
June Carter Cash
Davide Rossi – String player

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Episode 160: Raleigh Ritchie

“Time in a Tree”

 

 

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Raleigh Ritchie is the musical alias of Jacob Anderson, a musician and actor who’s probably best known for playing the character Grey Worm on Game of Thrones. He released his first album in 2016, and he’s put out a handful of EPs. In September 2018, he put out the single, “Time in a Tree.” He made the song with Grammy-nominated producer Daniel Traynor, aka GRADES. In this episode, the two of them take apart “Time in a Tree” to explain how it came together, and how it was influenced by classic Hollywood movies, Billy Joel, and overwhelming anxiety.

You can buy or stream “Time in a Tree” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
“Vienna” by Billy Joel
Rosie Danvers

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Episode 159: The Mountain Goats

“Cadaver Sniffing Dog”

John Darnielle has been writing and recording songs as The Mountain Goats since 1991. He’s released 17 studio albums, and also written two books of fiction.

In April 2019, the Mountain Goats released the album In League with Dragons, and in this episode, John Darnielle breaks down a song from it, called “Cadaver Sniffing Dog.” We’ll hear his original demo, and then, hear how the song evolved at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, with the help of John’s band, some incredible session musicians, and producer Owen Pallett.

You can buy or stream “Cadaver Sniffing Dog” here.

Also, check out the podcast “I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats,” hosted by John Darnielle and Joseph Fink!

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Minimoog Synth
Farm Pedals
Robert Bailey – Backup Vocals

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