The California Report | Friday, Sep 20, 2013, 4:30 PM
California native Shannon Koehler plays with the Bay Area band The Stone Foxes. He tells us what inspired him to write about San Francisco's homeless population in their song, "Goodnight Moon." It's the latest installment of our California Songs series, where musicians tell us the back story to songs inspired by the Golden State.
The California Report | Friday, Aug 16, 2013, 4:30 PM
Songwriter Eleni Mandell lives in Los Angeles, where she works to balance single motherhood with her music career. For our "California Songs" series, reporter Colin Berry talked to Mandell about her song "The Future." She says it was inspired by a drive up north after a romance went south.
The California Report | Friday, Aug 02, 2013, 4:30 PM
"California Stars" may well be the most famous Woody Guthrie song he never recorded. The iconic songwriter died in 1967, but his songs found new life 30 years later, after his daughter Nora uncovered thousands of his unrecorded lyrics. She got in touch with British singer Billy Bragg and the band Wilco, who put music to many of these unheard songs and released them in a series of collections called "Mermaid Avenue". As part of our series "California Songs," KQED's Rachael Marcus spoke with Nora Guthrie about how one of the most popular songs of this modern collaboration came together.
The California Report | Friday, Jul 19, 2013, 4:30 PM
From Jan & Dean to Katy Perry, the beach has long been the go-to setting for songs about California. But where some see surf and sun, Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood longs for the blessed chill of the fog. As our California Songs series continues, Rutherford talked to reporter Guy Marzorati about the virtues of "Sweater Weather."
The California Report | Friday, Jun 14, 2013, 4:30 PM
The band known as The Mowgli's was originally formed by five childhood pals in Southern California. As part of "California Songs" series, singer-songwriter Colin Dieden describes the back story for their song "San Francisco."
The California Report | Friday, Mar 22, 2013, 4:30 PM
Cowboy singer Dave Stamey's "Vaquero Song" is a nostalgic look back at the Rancho era of the 1840s, when California was still part of Mexico, and vaqueros, or cowboys, rode the range. Stamey lived for 25 years on the site of one of the historic ranchos on the Central Coast, now the town of Nipomo. We spoke to him about California's first cowboys and the intersections of past and present as part of our "California Songs" series.
The California Report | Friday, Mar 08, 2013, 4:30 PM
The San Francisco Bay Area has inspired more than its share of music, from Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" to Tony Bennett, who left his heart in San Francisco, and "Lights" by Journey, to name just three. Add to that Berkeley-based rapper Tom Shimura -- aka Lyrics Born -- who regularly tweets and writes about life in the Bay Area. As part of our "California Songs" series, he talks with us about the inspiration for his song, "The Bay."
The California Report | Friday, Jan 04, 2013, 4:30 PM
Our occasional series on California songs continues with Chris Bryden, lead singer of the San Francisco Bay Area band Alma Desnuda. Bryden tells us about their song "Two Days Three Nights," which was written after the band members quit their day jobs and became full-time musicians.