Who can’t relate to “Singing Through the Hard Times” these days? That is folk music, the passion of our friend Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips life, and we’re happy to bring this tribute, celebrating the songs that Utah sang and loved, to the people. Artists including Emmylou Harris & Mary Black, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger and Rosalie Sorrels lend their voice to the two-disc collection – folksingers whose music springs from...
We just can’t keep those tour horses in the stables; Ani and the band have added two more dates in March and April! Due to popular demand a second show has been added at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on Saturday, March 7. This show will feature special guest Chad Stokes (State Radio, Dispatch). The tour bus will move on down the line to Indianapolis on April 29 for...
Paste Magazine starts the February 2009 feature story “Object of Their Affection” by recalling the 2006 Golden Globe speech of novelist Larry McMurtry (Brokeback Mountain): “Instead of acknowledging the usual suspects—mom, dad, husband, wife, agent, stylist, Jesus, etc.—McMurtry made the following statement: ‘Most heartfelt, I thank my typewriter. My typewriter is a Hermes 3000, surely one of the noblest instruments of European genius.’" Following this theme the story goes...
Chad Stokes (State Radio, Dispatch) is joining the first half of Ani DiFranco’s March US tour as a special guest. Reading Chad’s bio seems to be giving me a bit of deja vu…let’s see; independently releasing albums, endless touring, building a grass roots following, socially conscious music, registering voters at shows…Welcome to the bus! Chad will be performing solo but be sure to check out his band, State Radio, here....
In the spirit of partying like its 2009, Ani is taking her band up and
down the eastern United States this March and April (don’t worry west
coast, she’ll get there) – and as part of our ‘don’t forget to have a
good time’ resolution we invite you to get your tickets before the
general public! Check out the tour page for the complete list of dates and pre-sales!
During Ani’s stop in New York City this November she visited the Wall Street Journal café to sing a few songs, now you can see the performances on their website here. Check out live versions of “Present/Infant” and her new song “November 4, 2008” for your viewing pleasure!
In these times, Wall Street could use a few more folksingers.
On November 4, 2008 the nation celebrated the election of President Obama, including Ani who did what she does best; put her feelings into song. Those of you who caught one of her November concerts have heard her joyfully sing the new song, and we couldn’t wait to invite the rest of you to hear it. Watch "November 4, 2008" live from her sold out concert at Babeville on 11/29/08,...
The PBS broadcast of Ani DiFranco's Live at Babeville DVD has
expanded to include upcoming broadcasts on KTPS in Wichita, KS
(Saturday, November 29 at 8pm Central Time) and on WNED in Ani's own
hometown of Buffalo, NY (Monday, December 1 at 8pm Eastern Time).
Sit down with those Thanksgiving leftovers and enjoy a musical feast!
An exclusive, career-spanning Ani compilation is now available on iTunes, featuring six new live versions of tunes like “Every State Line” and “Smiling Underneath,” a pile of insightful interview snippets and several classic cuts. Click here to get 'em. You can download individual songs, or get the whole kit and kaboodle for $9.99, which is about the price of a movie ticket these days. So let’s weigh your options. On...
In September 2007, Ani celebrated the grand opening of Babeville – her completely renovated performance space in Buffalo, NY – with a pair of spirited, sold-out shows. Now the resulting DVD of those performances, Live At Babeville, is scheduled to air on PBS stations across the country, including Cincinnati, OH; Lexington, KY; and Eureka, CA (check your local listings). Also, the PBS/Channel Thirteen On Demand Service will air the concert...
A cluster of down-under Ani shows have been announced! See the tour page for details. Like the 1983 TV miniseries The Thorn Birds, Ani’s tour will be set against a wild Australian backdrop, and will focus on the forbidden love between a young girl and her family’s priest. Well, maybe not that last part. These shows are only a portion of the full Aussie tour; additional dates will be announced...
You may have noticed some changes to the special guests on the upcoming November tour... Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Pieta Brown had to cancel a few of the shows she was opening for on Ani’s November tour. Luckily we have our favorite one-man-punk band, Hamell on Trial, warming up the crowd in Syracuse, Red Bank and Poughkeepsie and Erin McKeown in Wilkes-Barre and Boston. Pieta is scheduled to jump...
If you’re a fan of Righteous Babe artists and are hungry for some live performances, get ready to gorge yourself on a triple-decker club sandwich of goodness, courtesy of Amsterdam’s Fab Channel. Monday, October 27’s triple bill of Ani, Hamell On Trial and Anais Mitchell will be streaming live from Amsterdam’s Paradiso stage on the channel’s website: Click here to watch Anais Mitchell (around 2:40pm EST): www.fabchannel.com/en/aniais_mitchell_concert/2008-10-27/ Click here to...
When Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired, there was some skepticism from the Trekkie faithful. How could this new show compare to the original? And what is Whoopi Goldberg doing there? Singer/songwriter Pieta Brown has something in common with Jean-Luc Picard and crew. The daughter of folk legend Greg Brown has silenced the skeptics since the release of her debut album in 2002, carving out a delightful niche...
If you’re a regular, workaday Joe Six-Pack, nothing makes you happier than an evening curled up in front of the radio, mug of Ovaltine in hand, polar bearskin rug at your feet, listening to some great American music. So you don’t want to miss "Etown" on NPR, airing from October 8-14. This broadcast will be Part II of a concert taped at the Temple Buell Theater in downtown Denver,...
It’s Red Letter Year release day, kids! And what better way to celebrate than checking out an exclusive Ani interview/performance originally recorded for billboard.com? In the four-minute clip our fearless leader discusses her latest collection of songs, and plays a solo version of one of RLY’s most tender cuts – “Way Tight.” Like the experience of hearing a new Ani album for the first time, this clip is way...
For folks in the Buffalo area (or those of you inclined to visit) – RBR will be hosting a very special listening party for Red Letter Year on Tuesday, September 30 from 6:30 – 9:00pm. Come on down to Babeville, listen to the new Ani release and check out the newly-opened Ninth Ward! We’ll have refreshments and a cash bar, contests and free stuff for all of our friends...
Ani recently stopped by the recording studio run by DayTrotter.com, a website dedicated to sharing indie rock performances that you can’t find anywhere else. During her session, Ani cut versions of two tracks from her forthcoming record, Red Letter Year, as well as the Imperfectly chestnut “Coming Up” and the Revelling/Reckoning anthem “Subdivision.” You can download all of these performances here, and don't forget Red Letter Year hits your...
If you ever want to make somebody your super-BFF times infinity, touring across the U.S. together is a good way to go about it. That’s what happened to like-minded singer/songwriters Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Ries, who would often perform on stage together during their joint tour, adding harmonies and instrumental accents to each other’s tunes. So it comes as little surprise that country e.p., a five-song collection of Mitchell/Ries...
Today (Friday, August 15) at 1pm EST, WNED-AM 970 will air Ani’s conversation with Rolling Stone’s Michael Azerrad. Michael interviewed Ani in front of a live audience on April 9, 2008, as a part of the City Arts & Lectures series in San Francisco, CA in celebration of the recent release of her collected book of poetry and artwork entitled Verses. Our local Buffalo, NY friends can listen live...