Ferree is a character with just enough charisma to draw you into his oddball world. While his subject matter is dark, his music often hints at humor, as is evidenced by his Tiny Desk Concert.
May 29, 2009
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Sweet-voiced, bearded acoustic guitarists are not a rare commodity in the Pacific Northwest, which has spawned the likes of Fleet Foxes, Blind Pilot and countless others, just in the last few years. Horse Feathers' Justin Ringle may be the gentlest beard-wearer of them all, which made him a perfect candidate to appear in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts series: With a voice that high and soft, the man needs a quiet room.
May 8, 2009
When a publicist for Tom Jones contacted us and said the singer wanted to do a "Big Desk Concert," the thought of Jones' substantial voice filling our office left us laughing — and dying to do it.
March 2, 2009
The music of Super XX Man's Scott Garred is often introspective and deeply personal. It's sometimes playful, bittersweet and dreamy, but Garred's songs are always heartfelt and reflective.
January 27, 2009
Woven Hand's David Eugene Edwards went solo at Bob Boilen's desk with his mandolin-banjo hybrid, a unique instrument made in 1887 by luthier August Pollman. He performs his fiery Americana.
January 7, 2009
He should be a name everyone knows by now. Instead, troubadour David Dondero returned to NPR having slept the night before in his car.
December 30, 2008
We've come up with many excuses to have artists play Tiny Desk Concerts. Usually, it's just an opportunity to bring in artists who haven't gotten as much of our attention as we'd like to give them.
November 14, 2008
Jim White grew up in a deeply Pentecostal community and fell in love with the white gospel music he heard. But from there, White took a surprising path to becoming a full-time musician.
November 7, 2008
Dr. Dog isn't an obvious choice for one of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts. The band's music can be pretty chaotic — loud and rumbling, with multiple instruments fighting to be heard.
October 20, 2008
Kurt Wagner writes and sings beautiful songs with Lambchop, a hefty ensemble with a calm, restrained sound. When Wagner visited us, he came alone, with just a guitar and a good-natured sense of humor.
October 8, 2008
Thao Nguyen makes captivating music. Her songs are raw and infectious, her voice has a distinctive swagger, and she's a nimble guitarist. She stopped by NPR's offices to give an intimate performance.
September 4, 2008
Sera Cahoone got her start playing drums for a few widely adored bands in the Pacific Northwest. But her self-titled, self-released 2006 album marked her as a fully formed talent.
July 10, 2008
The music of Sam Phillips unfolds like perfect, miniature pop dramas. On this Tiny Desk performance, recorded at the desk of June 25, 2008 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, Phillips performs four songs.
Athens, Ga., songwriter Vic Chesnutt is on tour in support of his latest album, June 5, 2008 North Star Deserter. In Washington, D.C., for a concert at the Black Cat, he stopped by NPR to perform live.
Oregon-based folksinger Laura Gibson was a good sport when we invited her to play a mini-concert for us at the desk of April 22, 2008 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.