To celebrate ten seasons of Overheard with Evan Smith, this special episode takes a look back at some of our favorite entertainers – actors, musicians and directors – who have been guests on the show and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at their careers.
English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock of The Soft Boys talks about his long-standing career.
Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer-songwriters. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures. Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums and starred in “Storefront Hitchcock,” a concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Rolling Stone said about Hitchcock’s self-titled 2017 album, “A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of “Revolver.” He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings.”
Four-time Grammy Award-winning musician Keb’ Mo’ discusses his album, “Oklahoma.”
Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music in the 25 years since the release of his debut album. After 14 albums, he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. He has co-written with The Dixie Chicks and collaborated with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole and Lyle Lovett. His guitar playing inspired two instrument makers to name guitar models in his honor. Mo’s album, “Oklahoma,” addresses topics such as immigration, depression, pollution, love and female empowerment and features cameos, including Taj Mahal and Roseanne Cash.
Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter discusses her prolific career as a musician, how the music industry has changed during her lifetime and the inspiration behind many of her songs and career decisions.
Mary Chapin Carpenter is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. Her 2018 album, “Sometimes Just the Sky,” celebrates her acclaimed 30-year recording career and features reimagined versions of one song from each of Carpenter’s twelve albums, plus one newly penned track. Over the course of her career, she has sold 14 million records, won two Country Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and is one of only 15 female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack talks about growing up in East Texas, modern country music and her 2017 album, “The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone.”
Lee Ann Womack is a country music singer and songwriter who came to fame in 2000 with her single, “I Hope You Dance.” Womack has won five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards and one Grammy Award and has sold over six million albums. Her album, “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,” is a hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues.
Shawn Colvin talks about her 2016 album, what it’s like working with Steve Earle and the modern-day music business.
Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. She has won three Grammy awards, including Song of the Year for her hit “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin’s album titled “Colvin & Earle” was released in 2016. Colvin joined forces with long-time friend and creative partner Steve Earle to create the debut collaborative album.
Lucinda Williams is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, whose highly acclaimed self-titled album, “Lucinda Williams,” was re-released in 2014. Her 1998 album, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Aimee Mann led the 80’s new-wave group ‘Til Tuesday before embarking on a solo career. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her song “Save Me” from the film “Magnolia.” Her album, “Charmer,” was released in 2012.
Jeff Tweedy is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose critically acclaimed, creatively adventurous band Wilco released its eighth studio album, “The Whole Love,” in 2011.
Singer-songwriter Chely Wright has been named Best New Female Vocalist and one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People. She’s also the author of a memoir, the first openly gay country music star and founder of The LIKE ME Organization.