Four potent voices in Americana music—Don Bryant, Yola Carter, Raul Malo, and Joan Osborne—discuss their influences and perform songs during this “Southern Streams” program, taped at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 14, 2017, and presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association.
Memphis-based rhythm and blues and gospel singer-songwriter Bryant wrote the 1973 hit "I Can’t Stand the Rain" (recorded by his wife, Ann Peebles). Carter, a British singer-songwriter popularly known as Yola, released her Grammy-nominated album "Walk Through Fire" in 2019. Malo founded the Grammy-winning band the Mavericks. Singer-songwriter Osborne drew wide attention in 1995 for her Grammy-nominated song "One of Us," and has continued to release music that explores and bridges soul, R&B, blues, rock, gospel, funk, and country.
NPR Music's Ann Powers leads the four artists in a lively conversation that illustrates how Americana stands at the intersection of an array of musical genres, many of which have emanated from the South. Each of the four springs from a different musical origin point: Bryant, gospel; Carter, R&B and rock; Malo, Latin and ska; and Osborne, the blues. All four say they also had access to a wide variety of genres in their formative years, leading each on their own distinctive paths.
The four artists perform two songs each, demonstrating the variety of sounds within the Americana genre. Highlights include Bryant's "I Can't Stand the Rain," Carter's searing, autobiographical "Born Again," Malo's Latin-tinged "I Think of You,” and Osborne's cover of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited," from her 2017 tribute album, “Songs of Bob Dylan.”
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