Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered. He joined NPR after co-founding Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA. Before that, he lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students. From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a Senior Producer and Assistant News Director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

He's also worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

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3:38am

Sat August 30, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Sturgill Simpson: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Sturgill Simpson on July 8, 2014.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Sturgill Simpson doesn't fit today's common image of a country singer. When he arrived for his Tiny Desk Concert, the 36-year-old Kentucky native sauntered in sleepy-eyed, wearing jeans, a pair of old canvas tennis shoes, no socks and a well-worn button-down blue shirt, one of only two identical shirts he said he had in rotation while on tour. (He appeared a few nights later on Letterman wearing either the same garment or its twin.)

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12:09pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Ages And Ages: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:56 am

Ages and Ages performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on April 3, 2014.
Meg Vogel Meg Vogel/NPR

Everyone knows there are five immutable truths in life. No. 1 is "Nothing's ever easy." No. 2 is "Nobody does the right thing." No. 3 is, well, you get the idea.

The Portland, Ore., band Ages and Ages will likely make you rethink these immutable truths — particularly the whole idea about doing the right thing in life. Pay close attention to the second song the group performs in this uplifting Tiny Desk Concert, and you'll see what I mean.

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4:07am

Sat May 10, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Timber Timbre: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:57 am

Timber Timbre performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

The music of Canada's Timber Timbre is often strange and unsettling. The band, led by Taylor Kirk — a crooner with a deceptively sweet voice — makes spare, evenly paced songs that sound like late-night echoes from a swampy woods.

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6:03am

Sat April 12, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Tom Brosseau: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:03 am

Tom Brosseau performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Tom Brosseau possesses one of the most arresting voices in folk music today. Many people who hear him sing, without knowing his name or face, assume the voice belongs to a woman, as he hovers somewhere around the countertenor range, with an unusually pure tone.

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12:03pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 1:12 pm

Brass Bed performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Jim Tuttle/NPR NPR

It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up Brass Bed. Their tour, for the band's debut album The Secret Will Keep You, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. at the same time they were to play the Tiny Desk, it felt like yet another bad omen.

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