Sunday Supper: 06/23/19
While Chris Stamey formed the seminal indie band, the dB's, in New York City in the '70s, he's spent the better part of his career in North Carolina as a producer for the likes of Ryan Adams, Alexandro Escovedo, and Tift Merritt. He's just released a double CD, New Songs for the 20th Century, inspired by the masters of the American Songbook, such as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins. And though it was recorded in North Carolina, the lead track is the thrilling, evocative "Manhattan Melody (That's My New York)," featuring Branford Marsalis on saxophone and Django Haskins on vocals. It's the centerpiece of this week's "Sunday Supper."
We'll also include Garland Jefferys' tribute to his hometown, "New York Skyline," and a couple of songs with connections to New Orleans - Susan Werner's "Napoleon" and Rickie Lee Jones' "Mack the Knife" - and yet another project from the prolific Rhiannon Giddens.
Oh, did I mention it's the first Sunday of summer? We'll toast the season - and our good fortune to have so much good music at our disposal - Sunday from 5-6 p.m. EDT or anytime in the WFUV Weekend Archives.