Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place.
Robben Ford is primarily known as a very fine Blues guitarist, but his musical resume is more varied than a lot of people. Over the years he has worked with no less of luminaries than Charlie Musselwhite, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Tom Scott, George Harrison and Miles Davis. Oh my!
On a particularly muggy day this past week, Mali Music arrived at NPR's D.C. headquarters armed with only his enthusiasm (and a teensy entourage). Though the humid haze and some midday I-need-a-coffee-stat office funk hung all around him, he soldiered his way through.