Guitarists Pete Madsen, pictured above, and Jon Lawton bring their individualized approaches to acoustic blues to The Hear and Now, and talk with host Derk Richardson about their inspirations, their personal histories, and their plans for their Acoustic Blues Showcase with fellow blues guitarist Preacher Boy, February 22 at The Monkey House in Berkeley. They … Continued


Blues guitarists Pete Madsen and Jon Lawton perform live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Guitarists Pete Madsen, pictured above, and Jon Lawton bring their individualized approaches to acoustic blues to The Hear and Now, and talk with host Derk Richardson about their inspirations, their personal histories, their technical styles, and their plans for their Acoustic Blues Showcase with fellow blues guitarist Preacher Boy, February 22 at The Monkey House … Continued


  Host Derk Richardson welcomes acclaimed acoustic fingerstyle guitarists Teja Gerken (Germany/California), Alberto Lombardi (Italy), and Janet Noguera (California/Mexico) to the KPFA performance studio. They play live on the air, with the sound engineered by Tony Ferro. It’s a preview of the threesome’s concert, Jan. 24, at the Back Room in Berkeley. PLAYLIST: artist: song … Continued


An International Fingerstyle Guitar Summit–live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 23

Guitar lovers, take note! Host Derk Richardson welcomes acclaimed acoustic fingerstyle guitarists Teja Gerken (California), Alberto Lombardi (Italy), and Janet Noguera (Mexico) to the KPFA performance studio. They will play live on the air, with sound engineering by Tony Ferro. It’s a preview of the threesome’s concert the next night, Friday, Jan. 24, at the … Continued


PLAYLIST: Sam Cooke: “Chain Gang” / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 (ABKCO) INTERVIEW WITH STACEY HOFFMAN re: “In the Name of Love” MLK Jr. tribute concert Sam Cooke: “(What a) Wonderful World” / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 (ABKCO) Tiffany Austin: “Someday We’ll All Be Free” / Unbroken (Con Alma Music) Sam Cooke: “A Change … Continued


PLAYLIST    (ARTIST / SONG TITLE / ALBUM / LABEL) : Badfinger: “Come and Get It” / Magic Christian Music (Capitol) [50th anniversary of release] PC Munoz: “Rugged Individual” / Physical Science (PCMunoz.com) INTERVIEW WITH BETH CUSTER re: Trance Mission’s new album “Le Pendu” Trance Mission: “The Barry” / Le Pendu (Trance Mission Music) Trance … Continued


Beth Custer brings new Trance Mission music to The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Host Derk Richardson welcomes clarinetist/composer Beth Custer back to KPFA to introduce the long-awaited new recording by the unique world-fusion trio Trance Mission, with Stephen Kent (didjeridu, percussion, cello-sintir) and Peter Valsamis (drums, percussion, electronics). The group will be celebrating the pre-release of the album Le Pendu at Yoshi’s in Oakland on Monday, January 13.


Heather Hafleigh’s Cowboy Music Special Playlist: Leadbelly: “Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea” / Cowboy Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) Andy Hedges: “Clayton Boone” / Cowboy Songster, Vol. 2 (Yellowhouse Music) Cowboy Celtic: “Magdalena” / Gunsmoke, Whiskey & Heather (Centerfire Music) Michael Martin Murphey: “Billy Gray” / Cowboy Songs III (Warner Bros.) James Talley: “Belle Starr” / Woody … Continued


Heather Hafleigh programs a special Cowboy Poetry and Music edition of The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020

Continuing a longstanding KPFA tradition, Heather Hafleigh, photographer and maven of all things “cowboy” and “western,” brings her annual round-up of cowboy poetry and songs to Derk Richardson‘s “The Hear and Now” for the first time. A regular yearly feature of Larry Kelp’s “Sing Out,” Heather’s two-hour special is inspired by her visits to the … Continued