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Terry Woodford, music biz veteran & creator of “Canine Lullabies”

Terry Woodford—who has extensive experience as a songwriter, record producer, and recording engineer, having worked in one capacity or another, with such artists as The Commodores, Hank Williams, Jr., and The Temptations—discusses some highlights of his music biz career. Read more…

Ted Leo, singer-songwriter-guitarist, veteran vegan

Ted Leo—the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, front man of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and veteran vegan—recounts his path to vegetarianism, in 1988, then after further reading, research, and contemplation, going vegan in 1998. Read more…

Singer-songwriter Maria McKee

Maria McKee—the singer-songwriter who burst onto the music scene some 35 years ago, fronting the band Lone Justice, going on to a storied solo career—discusses her lifelong love of dogs, while noting, early on, there was an incident that so traumatized her that she steered clear of dogs (“I shut down around dogs”) for a number of years. Read more…

Moshow, The Cat Rapper

Moshow—the Portland, Oregon-based artist and online phenomenon who specializes in rapping about cats—recounts starting to rap at 16, but stopped because, although he grew up in the projects of Baltimore, felt his raps (heavily influenced by gangsta rap) were inauthentic and didn’t feel right. Read more…

Annual Christmas Animal Song Special

keith-richard-run-rudolph-run2This morning, I once again set aside the usual “Talking Animals” format to present my Annual Christmas Animal Song special—that is, a show entirely devoted to Christmas-oriented animal tunes. Sure, as in the past, to pull off this conceit, I fashioned the program with a liberal sprinkling of “Rudolph” songs, from The Brian Setzer Orchestera’s peppy  offering, “Rockabilly Rudolph” to Keith Richards’ classic fiery kacey-musgraves-1479492505take on “Run Rudolph Run.” I also played some far less obvious nuggets and possible future classics, including Kacey Musgraves’ new rendition of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas,” and delightful fresh oddity “Snails Christmas (I Want A New Shell)” by The Snails. We extended another tradition when I took a brief break from playing the yuletide animal songs to read what I refer to as the Dorothy Strauss Christmas Poem. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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