Eleni Mandell spent two years teaching songwriting to women who were incarcerated. The experience informed the material on her new album, Wake Up Again. "I hoped that the women would leave there some day with one more thing to support them and keep them from getting in trouble again," she says.
Sachiko Kanenobu left her native Japan just as her debut album was being released. Now, nearly 50 years later, the classic album Misora is getting a new life. So is Kanenobu with a little help from guitarist Steve Gunn and the spirit of Philip K. Dick.
Nathan and Becky Bliss, the married couple behind Kansas City-based folk-pop duo Barnaby Bright, have vowed to keep their musical career going — for richer, for poorer. Their upcoming album release just might signify a love match made in heaven.