A Change of Tune

On Saturdays at 10-11 p.m.

"The program that never plays the same exact song twice."

Each week, host Joni Deutsch links the past to the present with the best music ranging from emerging artists to classic hits, indie pop to blues rock, and everything in-between. She’ll give you enough music headlines, backstories, and #WVmusic discoveries to get you through your weekend. It’s time for A Change of Tune.

Chattman Photography / The Sea The Sea

Acoustic folk duo The Sea The Sea are coming back to the Mountain State this month to play a couple shows. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably because they've played a couple times on NPR's Mountain Stage, or because one of the band members is a Charleston native or because they just play great music. 

Steve Gullick

When you think of live records, usually you think of album stop-gaps, in-between releases that don't exactly add or subtract much from a band's sound. Not so for indie folk rock band Phosphorescent, whose newest release, Live at the Music Hall, definitely deserves a listen. We talked with band frontman/founder/CEO Matthew Houck about the band's name, its evolution over the years and even its inclusion in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack.  

Bud Carroll

Huntington rocker Bud Carroll has a lot of stories to tell.

For instance, did you know the song that opened his eyes to music came from Vanilla Ice? Or that his teenage guitar-playing impressed blues queen Koko Taylor? 

Biz 3

What do you get when you mix a classically trained voice with dreamy electronic beats? You'll get Niia, an up-and-coming alt-pop singer with a debut EP called Generation Blue. I sat down with Niia to talk about her new release, how she handles stage fright and her love for all things James Bond.

Note: We briefly talk about 50 Shades of Grey (nothing explicit!) and bring up some House of Cards Season 3 spoilers around 19:00 to  27:00, in case you need to avert your ears.

Shervin Lainez

Whether you call it indie pop, alt-folk or punk rock, Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro)'s newest record is a force to be reckoned with. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter sat down to chat with me about her teenage aspirations, upcoming projects and why her moniker still works.

Michael Hays / Twin Cousins Records

If you've been listening to 'A Change of Tune' in recent months, you've probably heard tracks (and chats) from a number of West Virginia bands, including Goodwolf, Ona, Bishops, Coyotes in Boxes and more.

Rozwell Kid

Rozwell Kid is what you'd call a slacker-rock band. On second thought, maybe they're a post-grunge outfit? Whatever you call them (note: frontman Jordan Hudkins believes they play "Hawaiian shirt core"), they're a West Virginia-based group of friends who love good times and great music. Hudkins chats with me about Rozwell Kid's "origin story," the band's new releases and how the Mountain State is still their musical home.

Craig Kief

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam has been releasing indie folk records under the name Iron & Wine for over a decade. With his newest release, Archive Series Volume No. 1, Beam's going back to basics with bedroom folk melodies and down-home whispers. We talk about his music, his new short film, "Dreamers and Makers are My Favorite People" (which features footage from his 2014 stop at the Jerry Run Summer Theater in West Virginia) and, of course, his infamous beard. 

Rhiannon Giddens

This past winter has been a hectic one for Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens. Between recording Dylan covers with Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello under the moniker The New Basement Tapes and dueting with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam on NBC's Parenthood series finale, she's somehow found time to release her solo recording debut, Tomorrow is My Turn. If you're a fan of spellbinding interpretations of Americana classics, this interview and music are recommended for you.

The Return of the King

Feb 4, 2015
DGMLIVE

The return of King Crimson in 2014 was certainly a surprise to everyone. Robert Fripp, let's just call him the lightning rod of the group as well as its most consistent member, had devoted page after page in his online diary about the bliss of not having to endure what he calls the "wretched life of the professional musician." Fripp writes: "But mostly, the life of the working musician is wretched.

Chris Graham

It's taken two years for Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf's The Bearer of Bad News to reach the States, but now we can finally hear why this Saskatchewan crooner is being hailed as "the next Nick Drake." Without a doubt, Shauf's folk is the kind of folk that makes you pause. If you're a fan of lush, contemplative songwriting, this interview and music are recommended for you.

Brooke Fraser

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Brooke Fraser released infectious folk pop songs like "Something in the Water." What's even crazier is the New Zealand singer-songwriter's brand new record, which effectively transforms that lighthearted acoustic pop princess into an electrifying alternative pop queen. If you're a fan of Lorde-esque soundscapes that are filled with depth, darkness and beauty, this interview and music are recommended for you.

Ona

They’re earnest, they’re indie, they’re Ona, the five-piece rock outfit that found its start in a sliver of unincorporated Appalachia called Ona, West Virginia. If you're a fan of deliciously mellow alt-rock bands that live by the motto "WWNYD" (that's "What Would Neil Young Do"), this interview and music are recommended for you.

Joni Deutsch

December's finally here, a season full of yule log background savers and ugly-yet-still-popular-at-Urban Outfitters holiday sweaters. To me, the best part of the holiday season comes from rock'n around the Christmas tree/menorah and giving special gifts to my family and friends. And yes, dear reader, A Change of Tune, West Virginia Public Radio's brand new indie/alternative music program, is sending some holiday musical cheer your way.

Scott Simons

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with some holiday music hitmakers. Since Chanukah is just around the corner (December 16, to be exact), it only made sense to go to TeamMate frontman Scott Simons, the Bridgeport, West Virginia-native behind such poppy holiday classics as “Chanukah in West Virginia” and “I Won’t be Home for Chanukah.” Needless to say, Simons’ tunes are a breath of fresh air compared to Adam Sandler’s typical Chanukah fare.

Rob Campesinos / Los Campesinos

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with holiday music hitmakers. First up: Gareth David, otherwise known as the frontman and glockenspiel player for seminal British indie rock band Los Campesinos! The band just released A Los Campesinos!

Joni Deutsch

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chats with West Virginia rocker Tyler Grady about his new solo project. Grady branched out from Morgantown group Sleepwalker with a relatively new pop-rock side gig called Goodwolf, which just released its sophomore record titled Car in the Woods with the help of West Virginia mega-producer Bud Carroll. If you’re a fan of rambunctious pop influenced by ‘90s rock, this interview and music are recommended for you.   

Josh Saul

Since this week's A Change of Tune is dedicated to indie/alternative takes on Disney music, it would only make sense to chat with West Virginia Public Radio's very own Mouseketeer, Larry Groce. His contributions to records like Disney's Children's Favorite Songs ​and Disney's Christmas Favorites were understated (you'll never see his smiling, bearded face on a record cover) but impactful (millennials know how "Froggie Went A-Courtin'," thanks to Larry).

Payram

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Piers Faccini, an English singer-songwriter who specializes in intimate folk. Although his bedside folk style invokes comparisons to Nick Drake, Ray LaMontainge and even Jack Johnson, Faccini shows he’s more than just a quiet voice by infusing his music with Delta blues, Mediterranean melodies and neo-classical compositions. His new record with French cellist Vincent Segal, titled Songs of Time Lost, goes to prove why Faccini stands out from the folky crowd.

John Londono

 

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Andrew Barr of The Barr Brothers, an up-and-coming Canadian quartet with roots in American folk, African desert, Delta blues and classical string, to say the least. The band's newest record, Sleeping Operator, just goes to prove that The Barr Brothers are the Ra Ra Riot of transcendental folk. Check out the interview below to learn more about the band, their longform music style and their connections to alt music friends The War on Drugs and of Montreal. If you're a fan of sprawling soundscapes that are as much warm as they are catchy (see: Bahamas), this interview and music are recommended for you.

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