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Full Show: Abuse Allegations At Shelters, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (June 20, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A new report says some of the shelters taking in migrant children have histories of abuse allegations. Then, we discuss the latest political stories. Plus, we learn about an online photo database that aims to help identify the remains of those who’ve died trying to cross the border. And we meet Eden MacAdam-Somer, who plays the violin while singing and performing percussion with her feet.

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Live on the Roof: Justin Townes Earle

Posted on · Acclaimed singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle followed his famous father Steve Earle into the music business, playing first in his father’s band, The Dukes, before signing with Bloodshot Records in 2007 as a solo Americana/folk/country artist. Earle recently visited Houston Public Media to record a couple songs for an upcoming edition of Skyline Sessions before a […]

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Musician Bobby Bridger Reflects on His Legendary Album ‘Seekers of the Fleece’

Posted on · Back in 1976, Houstonian Bobby Bridger recorded his Americana masterpiece Seekers of the Fleece. It’s the sort of album nobody makes anymore: a concept album, built around the tale of one man, in this case frontiersman Jim Bridger, who signed on with a fur expedition in 1822 and then lived nearly 60 years more as […]

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A Conversation with Musician Ben Folds

Posted on · On Thursday night (March 16, 2017), singer and pianist Ben Folds performs with the Houston Symphony. Folds will perform his acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra along with some orchestral arrangements of his hits and pieces from his latest album So There. Craig Cohen talks with Folds about his music and his performance with the symphony.

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Jeff Balke’s Other Life as a Musician

Posted on · Houston Matters listeners will know Jeff Balke from his weekly updates on Houston sports each Monday and his writing for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press. However, in his other life, he’s also a musician. We learn about his musical influences as a bass player and why he opted for a career in journalism and web development […]

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John Paul White: Former Frontman for The Civil Wars Performs New Songs

Posted on · Musician John Paul White is the singer-songwriter behind the duo The Civil Wars. Now, three years after that group broke up, White has released his first solo album since 2009, called Beulah, after the realm of poetic inspiration in the mythology of poet and philosopher William Blake. John Paul White recently visited Houston Public Media’s […]

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The Family Business: Growing Up Around a Piano Shop Leads to a Career in Music

Posted on · From time to time, we talk with Houstonians who have followed in previous generations’ footsteps about the opportunities and challenges inherent in going into the family business. Today, Maggie Martin talks with Allyson Wells who, like her father, became a musician. Her father, Arnold Brown, played viola and owned a piano store when she was a child. […]

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Robert Earl Keen Discusses His New Bluegrass Album and Christmas Show

Posted on · Country musician Robert Earl Keen brings his annual holiday concert to the House of Blues on Dec. 26. The show, “Merry Christmas from the Family,” centers around Keen’s popular song of the same name. He tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the Christmas show, about his new album Happy Prisoner, which is a collection of […]