Studio Verse is a Tomorrow’s Verse feature that collects the best television and radio station recording sessions from our favorite musicians.
In today’s edition, we explore a collection of acoustic sessions from various genres that have surfaced recently.
By: Alex Wood
St. Vincent - KEXP
Songwriter Annie Clark shed the electronic sound and backing tracks from her recent Masseduction tour for a rare acoustic set at Seattle radio station KEXP. She plays three tracks from the record, in addition to “Cruel” from Strange Mercy, broken up by brief interviews about its recording.
Jonathan Wilson – Cardinal Sessions
Songwriter, guitarist and producer Jonathan Wilson can do it all, but his greatest strength may be his songwriting. Never is that more apparent than watching him perform these two songs acoustic, sitting casually in the window of an empty brick room. It’s a beautiful session that really lets his talent shine.
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – La Blogothèque Take Away Show
After collaborating for their second full studio album, No Mercy In This Land, songwriter Ben Harper and harmonica whiz Charlie Musselwhite recorded this “Take Away Show” in a small guitar shop in Paris. The pair performs two bluesy songs in these gorgeously shot sessions.
John Moreland – NPR Tiny Desk Series
Oklahoma songwriter John Moreland began his career in punk bands, but settled on a soft folk and Americana influenced sound. Joined by a second guitarist and harmonica player here, Moreland runs through three beautiful songs for NPR.
Tyler Childers – NPR Tiny Desk Series
Americana songwriter Tyler Childers quickly gained steam in the music scene with the release of his debut record, Purgatory, in 2017. Watch three powerful, acoustic performances he recently recorded for NPR’s “Tiny Desk Series.”