August 30th, 2017
We've been recording our Americana Radio Show for two years from O Mansion and now we are psyched for our new format. Every fourth Sunday we meet in the Mediterranean Room on the third floor for a songcircle & conversation.
If you are in the DC area, come join us for our recording! We are in Georgetown a block away from DuPont Circle: http://www.omansion.org/
THIS show we have the most excellent Dan Magnolia, Jorge Serafin, Sally Mae Foster, and myself Caroline Ferrante. I start with a gospel tune that's a prayer after Charlottesville. Jorge then shows off some MAD guitar skills (yes, he only has 10 fingers). We get into what makes a nerd, and how our music intersects with our families and greater communities. Take a listen and please let us know what you think!
Love & Light-
September 28th, 2017
The monthly Americana Radio Show from O Street Mansion, DC with Artist in Residence Caroline Ferrante and Yoav Schoss. Join us live on fourth Sundays!
October 25th, 2017
For those of us who have survived sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, and/or intimate partner violence, the #metoo movement has been both beautiful and horrifying. The great thing about thinking you might be one of a few can help you see the world as a safer place. But we know the statistics. And now we read the stories. And we are validated at last-- what we have seen and others have ignored for decades. We know our personal stories intersect with so many other stories. But the world seems less safe. That can be frightening at worst, uncomfortable at best.
Despite the discomfort, it is a beautiful time. It can be a time for change. There is hope. Its time to speak out and break silence. We can be allies for each other.
Americana Music is not about one race or gender. It should and can reflect our diversity of experience, of culture, and points of view. It can advocate for change- even if the industry may not prefer these kinds of songs. You decide. Join the conversation on Facebook: Americana Radio Show. We would be honored to hear your stories.
This show I invited four DC area/Northeast Regional Songwriters to talk about their experience: Crys Matthews, Lilith Mariana, Teporah, and Jacqueline Pie Francis. As women, as musicians, we share music about gender, body image, immigration, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
Part two will follow next week.
We are so grateful you listen!
November 15th, 2017
This is Part 2 of our songwriter circle on 10/22 at DC's Mansion on O Street with Lilith Mariana, Teporah, Jacqueline Pie Francis, and Crys Matthews. We get more into our stories of harassment in the music industry. As it was also Domestic Violence month, and many of us are survivors of assault, we shared songs borne from of our experience.
There is such hope and beauty in these beautiful women. And what makes us stronger is that we are intentional about being allies for one another. So many times artists can be competitive or catty, but as each one of us has such unique style and expression, we have found the power of championing each other's artistry. I personally think the best artists are usually just really great human beings. These are my ALLIES, as you will hear...
December 7th, 2017
Legendary Songwriter Paul Williams has always been a hero to me- First, as a child seeing him on all my favorite 70's shows, then hearing his songs on radio and in movies. Now that I am full-time songwriter and open about my flaws and struggles- I am even more grateful for his authenticity and transparency. So against the grain for a multiple grammy and academy award winner, right?
In this episode Paul and I discuss our journeys through recovery, healing, and his New York Times Bestseller "Gratitude & Trust" (cowritten with Tracy Jackson). He shares about his time with Oprah, teaching at the Omega Institute, the "Still Alive" documentary, and his 4th term as the President of ASCAP.
My songs are interspersed with interview, since in a podcast we can only broadcast songs to which we have exclusive rights:
Great Big Beautiful World (SKY)
Better Angels (SKY)
Life's Short, Wear Heels (LIVE from the Belfry)
Singalong with the Stars (Strand-ed)
Feels like a Holiday (SKY)
My favorite part of our conversation is talking songwriting with Paul- his favorite collaborations with Roger Nichols, Kenny Asher, Karen Carpenter, and how his songwriting process has evolved over time. I especially love how he trusts the moment, lets his subconscious work, opens a book after a prayer to "The Great Amigo" and then experiences the opening song for "Muppet Christmas Carol" bubbling forth.
After the interview I had Paul sign my guitar- "Love and Light" it says. Its a touchstone for me.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. This was one of those interviews that changed me.
Love & Light-
February 13th, 2018
Happy 2018! For our first show of the year we had a little too much fun, and the snarkiness was thick. Yoav Schoss back again on ukulele- the musical rocket scientist. Jahnel Daliya graced us with her groundedness, sweet sound, and quick wit! DANG. Suzanne Brindamour showed off hew glorious songwriting, crafted composition, and fingerpicking.
I started off with a rendition of Wayfaring Stranger, in honor of all those affected by the DACA- living in fear. My family came here as immigrants. My great-grandfather changed the family name to avoid the racism against the irish at the time. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is a time for compassion.
What are your thoughts? Message us on Facebook (@AmericanaRadioShow or @carolineferrantemusic).
Thanks for listening!
February 23rd, 2018
At gigs people often ask me who has signed my guitar- two of my heroes: Paul Williams & Mark Bryan. Mark walked into the Mediterranean room for our show in barefeet. Talk about real. Of course his room was just across the hall hidden behind some secret panel. He was literally drying his hair with a towel.
Mark has a concert scheduled for the spring at O Mansion, so we thought we would pull out an old recording of a show from last year. Catch him in concert when you can--He is a MUST SEE.
I was blessed to have Teporah Bilezikian on keys & Gary Cole on bass that night. Sweet trio. Mark was magic. Let me know what you think!
We started with my original "Feels like a Holiday"
Mark shared "Oh Charlie" and talked about the collaboration of HBF.
Next is my original, "Great Big Beautiful World."
Then we got down and dirty into his songwriting practice, and we nerded out on the subject.
Mark does a SWEET rendition of "Only Love Can Satisfy", talks about his influences, and closes his performance with "State Your Peace".
Brooklyn based songwriter Dru Cutler is our musical feature and you'll hear three of his tunes: Familiar, Reason to Cry, and Dance Me to the End of Love.
Mixed in with that is a jam recording with Gary and Teporah of the old trad. "Angel Band", my new release "Better Angels", and finally a tune from my Strand-(ed) CD, "Singalong with the Stars".
Hope you enjoy!
April 2nd, 2018
Meeting Leni Stern was a game changer for me. She has been named Gibson's Best Female Guitarist 5 years- and her liltling German accent reminds me of my German ancestors. This woman is one of my heroes. Last year we happened to be playing the same night at Silvana, Harlem.
She opened my eyes to the African origins of the blues. Her songs on the NGoni (the Banjo's African Grandfather) as beguiling- and her tunes weave beautiful connections between what we term "World Music" and "Americana"- which is really an evolution or amalgam of African music.
We start with a jam on my song "Flowers", with Leni on guitar and backing vocals. Next you'll hear her original "Show me your Face" with my backing vocals.
This month we also feature the music of Mark Rogers- who is just releasing his EP "Rearranged". One to watch!
Here's the playlist:
Flowers- Caroline Ferrante
Show me Your Face- Leni Stern
Great Big Beautiful World- Caroline Ferrante
Like a Thief- Leni Stern
Right Here- Mark Rogers
Better Angels- Caroline Ferrante
Slow Parade- Mark Rogers
Wade in the Water (trad)- Caroline Ferrante & Leni Stern
Symphony- Caroline Ferrante
Jimmie Cone- Caroline Ferrante
Hope you enjoy!
April 28th, 2018
I started doing the Radio Show at O Mansion 5 years ago when a radio station from the UK wanted to broadcast my Americana Jams live. And over the years it's evolved into this once a month gathering of songwriters and artists- both regional and national (heck- international too!). It is a labor of love, and to see that 100 of you fine folks download our podcasts every DAY is just stunning to me! Thanks for listening and supporting the diverse, myriad voices that make Americana music a beautiful celebration of this melting pot we call home.
I am not a DJ or a radio host. But I try. I'm just a fellow songwriter and musician. I wear a lot of hats.
This show, recorded 4/22, is a delight. Have I used that word about a podcast before? I'll have to check. But honestly, what a tremendous time we had last Sunday at O Street Mansion with our full house of listeners.
I met these artists through Zach Parkman, the most excellent organizer of the Takoma Porch Festival. We'll be performing together across Takoma Park MD on May 12th, 2018. This is an incredible grass roots festival- a national movement really- that is building steam across the US.
Here's the songlist--
1. Caroline Ferrante- Feels Like a Holiday (pre-show track)
2. Caroline Ferrante- Great Big Beautiful World
3. Zia Hassan- Lever (with Tom on lead guitar)
4. Sara Ghebremichael- Play Them Strings
5. Tom Lieberman- Devil I Know
6. Caroline Ferrante- Freddie's Song
7. Zia Hassan- Something New (with Tom on lead guitar)
8. Sara Ghebremichael- Angeline the Banjo
9. Tom Lieberman- Common Denominator
10. Caroline Ferrante- Symphony
11. Zia Hassan- Soul Breathing (with Caroline doing some unauthorized harmony)
12. Sara Ghebremichael- Side by Side
13. Tom Lieberman- That's Why I Love You Most
Thanks again for following us and downloading our podcasts! We are so very honored that you listen!
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July 6th, 2018
Hey it's been a while! My festival season is done and I'm catching up on sleep. And my injured shoulder is healing-- too much strumming apparently.
So this summer I'm playing more piano, working on a film project, TV project, and switching gears from performing songwriter to composer. I'll be out gigging again this Fall--Stay tuned for an upcoming 8 track EP due for release January 2019!
So this Radio Show is dear to my heart. We all came in to O Street Mansion that Sunday deeply affected by the distress of children separated from parents. And no matter what your religious or political affiliation, I'm sure we all stand together in our passion to see families united. I hope you can hear our heart for unity and compassion in this episode.
It was an honor to have Kipyn Martin, Zachary Parkman, and Chris Anderson with me this time. Here's the playlist:
Caroline Ferrante: Feels Like a Holiday
Kipyn Martin: God is Love
Zachary Parkman: Desert Wind/Next to You
Chris Anderson: Brian Green
Caroline Ferrante: River Flow
Kipyn Martin: Coming Home
Zachary Parkman: End of the Line
Chris Anderson: This Isn't Working For Me
Caroline Ferrante: Peace Be Still
Kipyn Martin: Undone
Zachary Parkman: Red Dust & Soil
Chris Anderson: Friday Night
It means the world to us that you listen- thanks for supporting indie music!