Arts & Culture

Guitar player Eric Loy returns to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  He spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about his unique playing style, the visual nature of guitar music and more.

Eric Loy will perform at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on Saturday, February 7th. 

Both a drummer and bass player, Ryan Simpson is now exploring guitar and vocals.  Ahead of his performance at the songwriters in the round session at the 60s vs 70s tribute show, Simpson visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

Ryan Simpson will perform at the 60 vs 70s tribute show on January 30th at Gilly's.

With a new full-length album, Across the Vast and Deep, the Boxcar Suite has continued to hone its sound as a full band since its 2012 visit to the WYSO studios.  The band performed a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about the evolution of its sound as well as the new album.

The Boxcar Suite will perform at Canal Public House on Saturday, January 31 with OldNews and the Great Wide Open.

Jay Woessner

Collectively known as OldNews, Charles Hartman, Scott Cumpston and Casey Abbott have been performing together relatively recently after meeting at South Park Tavern's open mic night.  The trio visited the WYSO studios for live performance on Kaleidoscope and talked about forming the band and writing and recording together.

OldNews will perform at Canal Public House on Saturday, January 31st with the Boxcar Suite and the Great Wide Open.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Sycamores in Winter."

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we meet Nadia Neekta Abossein and her mother Susan Abossein. They wanted to remember Susan's father, Mohammed Hussein - and share some memories of Iran.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer David Seitz.

Marietta Ball reads her poem, "Return Trip."

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Palmer's poems, "I'm Sorry" and "Free Me Lord."

2014 was another great year for biographies. One of my favorites was a biography of Nelson Rockefeller. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Nelson Rockefeller pursued a dream over the course of his lifetime; he wanted to become the president of the United States. It was not meant to be, but he gave it his best shot.

In his latest book, the historian Richard Norton Smith notes that for this grandson of one the richest men in America, John D. Rockefeller: “the presidency is one of the few things beyond Rockefeller’s purchasing power.”

Conrad Balliet reads David Garrison's poem, "To Scotch Whiskey."

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