Photo by Beth Herzhaft

Sonos, the 6 member a cappella group stopped by the WYSO studio and performed a couple of songs from their upcoming holiday CD which is due to be released in early November. The group members include Christopher Given Harrison, Rachel Bearers, Ben McLain, Jessica Freedman, Katherine Ann Hoye, and Paul Peglar.

Photo by Karl Colon

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown sets aside some time for Excursions to discuss public radio and to play some new songs with her band, the Alison Brown Quartet.

Brown, who is also a Harvard graduate and a co-founder of the Nashville independent record label Compass Records, is known for her instrumental banjo songs, which stray from the typical bluegrass genre associated with the instrument.

As the temperature slowly escalates to the upper 90's, Northern Howl passes by the WYSO studio to provide a wintery mix on a hot summer day. In her interview, Niki Dakota speaks to the young band about life on the road in their second tour through the Midwest and East Coast.

Singer-Songwriter Meg Cavanaugh performed at the Songwriters Showcase at Canal Street Tavern with fellow Dayton-area natives Tod Weidner (Shrug, The Floods) and Chris Montgomery. Niki Dakota spoke with Cavanaugh the day of her performance about her new album, life in the UK, and how it feels to be back home.

Photo by Elizabeth Fladung

LaVette is renowned for her eclectic musical style, combining elements of rock, funk, R&B, country, gospel, soul, and blues.

In her interview, LaVette reminisces over her early beginnings in 1965 and her experiences with famous artists such as Otis Redding and James Brown humorously admitting, "Well, he wasn't that big then."

After listening to the original recording of her chart single "Let Me Down Easy" on Excursions, she states, "I almost cried."

Langhorne Slim, named for his hometown in Pennsylvania, has been steadily gaining public notice, being featured on the film The Waitress' soundtrack, playing at various folk festivals across North America, and just having returned from Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Cincinnati band the Lions Rampant are hot off the release of their new album, It's Fun to Do Bad Things.  The band already celebrated the album's release in their hometown and will also do shows in Dayton, Columbus and Chicago in support of the record.  Nick and Nate from the Lions Rampant visited the WYSO studios to share some tracks from their new album and talk about the band's upcoming plans.

The Lions Rampant will celebrate the release of It's Fun to Do Bad Things in Dayton on Saturday, March 27th at South Park Tavern. 

Conrad Balliet visits Excursions to share poetry and music with Niki Dakota.  They discuss the high quality and quantity of the poetry by writers in the Miami Valley and invite listeners to an upcoming poetry reading in Conrad's honor at Wittenberg University.  

There are 27 players on Flotation Walls' new album, Nature, but for touring and live performances, the band is made up of four people - all of whom wear distinct yellow costumes.  The visited the WYSO studios ahead of their performance at the Dayton Dirt Collective for a live set and to talk about recording Nature, translating their recordings to a live show and their decision to begin touring full time.

Flotation Walls is playing at the Dayton Dirt Collective on Thursday, September 24, 2009 with Finding Fiction and The Space Race.

Tomorrow night Cityfolk's celebration of Dayton born pianist/composer Billy Strayhorn comes to an end. Rounding out the week long tribute will be a performance from the Stivers School for the Arts Jazz Orchestra. Jerry Kenney reports on the student's at Stivers and how they're learning a legacy.