The California Report | Friday, Jul 27, 2012, 4:30 PM
Road trips have inspired books, poetry, films and, of course, music. In the early 70s the folk-rock band America burst onto the scene with hits like "Horse With No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair." As part of our series California Songs, we hear it was a childhood on the West Coast that inspired band member Dewey Bunnell to write the summer anthem, "Ventura Highway."
The California Report | Friday, Jun 15, 2012, 4:30 PM
Our series "California Songs" continues with singer-songwriter Tyler Lyle, who wrote his song "The Golden Age And The Silver Girl" two days before a life-altering move to California.
The California Report | Friday, Jun 01, 2012, 4:30 PM
The city of Oakland rarely scores positive headlines. The media tend to focus more on problems like crime, police misconduct and political turmoil. But it did inspire East Bay rapper Raashan Ahmad to write a kind of love song to his city, titled simply "Oakland." He gives us the back story to his composition as part of our California Songs series.
The California Report | Friday, May 04, 2012, 4:30 PM
This week we continue our "California Songs" series with indie rockers Rogue Wave. Lead singer and Oakland native Zach Rogue talks about his song "California" and his views on the not-always-sunny side of the state.
The California Report | Friday, Apr 06, 2012, 4:30 PM
Bakersfield stars in a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, called the "The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country." Buck Owens helped put Bakersfield on the country music map. Later, a song about the city and its dusty streets helped Owens restart his career. But Buck Owens didn't write "Streets of Bakersfield." We hear from the original songwriter about how the song came about, and how he got it recorded back in 1972.
The California Report | Friday, Mar 23, 2012, 4:30 PM
Los Angeles alt-country band I See Hawks in L.A. just released their fifth album "New Kind of Lonely," which features several songs about the Golden State. We sat down with two members, guitarist Paul Lacques and singer Rob Waller, to talk about their song "Bohemian Highway."
The California Report | Friday, Mar 16, 2012, 4:30 PM
Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings grew up in Pittsburg and now lives in Minnesota, but two of the songs on his debut album in 1997 were about the Golden State. Jennings told us the song "California (Part II)" was inspired by a road trip he took to Northern California in his twenties.
The California Report | Friday, Jan 13, 2012, 4:30 PM
The notion of California as a promised land has inspired many artists. Corey Adams and his group Moonsville Collective explore romantic legends about the state in their music. We continue our California Songs series with "Califia."
The California Report | Friday, Dec 09, 2011, 4:30 PM
Chuck Berry is widely admired as one of rock 'n' roll's pioneers. He's best-known for hits like "Johnny B. Goode." But another song, "Promised Land," chronicles a journey Berry made to California from Virginia after serving time in prison. We talk to Berry's biographer Bruce Pegg about the tune's back story.
The California Report | Friday, Oct 14, 2011, 4:30 PM
El Vez -- the Mexican Elvis from Southern California -- is much more than an impersonator. He's a character that's equal parts Presley swagger, wry comedian, glam-rock showman and Latino activist. That's particularly evident in "En El Barrio," his late-80s take on the Elvis tune "In The Ghetto."