Nelson Emokpae, performing under the name "Nelly's Echo," was a finalist on season three of the NBC show The Voice. He called in to Excursions today to talk with Niki about where he came from and how a refugee from Africa achieved musical success in the US. They discuss the reasoning behind the name "Nelly's Echo" as well as his experience for performing for the armed forces in Cuba.
Nelson and his two band mates will perform on Saturday, June 8th at 8pm at the historic Sidney Theatre in Sidney, Ohio.
Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of a column called "The Rural Life," essays which appear on an irregular basis in the editorial pages of the New York Times. These pithy pieces are often inspired by his observations about life on the rural acreage that he owns somewhere in New York State. The author can be a bit mysterious when it comes to describing the precise location of his small farm. It appears that he enjoys keeping his readers guessing in regard to that particular mystery.
150 years ago the Civil War was raging. During the first week of July, 1863 the battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) marked a crucial turning point in the conflict.
Harold Holzer has made a career out of the study of President Lincoln and the Civil War. Holzer has written more than 40 books. I doubt that there is another author who has written more books about Lincoln than Holzer. He is the leading authority on our greatest president.
Blues singer and guitarist Austin "Walkin' Cane" called in to the studio today to chat about his album, "Murder of a Blues Singer" and share a couple stories with Niki Dakota. Niki played three tracks from his album as they spoke about his guitars, sponsorship from National, and how he got that catchy nickname.
Austin "Walkin' Cane" will be performing at the beautifully restored Murphy Theatre in downtown Wilmington this Saturday, June 1st.
Local Girl Scout Troop 30349 from here in Yellow Springs is hosting a showing of "Finding Kind," a documentary about girls bullying girls. Niki Dakota interviewed Molly Stroud, one of the films producers and Victoria Osborne, one of the members of the troop, about the film and the issues it highlights.