Artist Interviews

Artist Interviews 2017-12-18T13:39:51+00:00

Sunflower Bean – Live and In-Studio

Sunflower Bean joined Galler in-studio to play a few songs from their new album, Twentytwo in Blue, and to offer some advice for life on the road - like which is the healthiest food chain [...]

Music and Conversation with Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond Jr. recently visited WTMD with his great new band to play songs from his new solo album, Francis Trouble. The Strokes guitarist presents three new songs are as rockin’ as they are catchy, [...]

A Conversation with Tanya Donelly

Tanya Donelly called Alex Cortright on Thursday morning to talk about Belly’s forthcoming album, Dove - the band’s first in more than 20 years, and their headlining performance at WTMD’s First Thursday on May 3, [...]

Typhoon perform on the TMD Morning Show

Kyle Morton and his Oregon-based indie rock band Typhoon return with their first new collection in five years - and Offerings was worth the wait. This 70-minute concept album is divided into four distinct parts, [...]

smARTbeats on Young At Heart with 123 Andres!

smARTbeats returns Saturday, December 2nd, during the weekly children's music program Young At Heart on WTMD. On this month's smARTbeats segment, Young At Heart host, Lisa Mathews, sits down with Young Audiences roster artists and Latin Grammy winners, Andrés Salguero and [...]

St. Vincent on the TMD Morning Show

St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) called our morning host Alex Cortright early on Halloween to talk about her new album, Masseduction. They spoke about misreading album titles, questionable fan behavior and the playfulness of late [...]

Anderson East – Music and Conversation

Anderson East stopped by the WTMD studios to play a few songs and chat with Galler about what he's been up to, like collaborating with Ed Sheeran on his new single, and working again with [...]

A conversation with Randy Newman

Randy Newman is one of our greatest songwriters and perhaps our greatest satirist. Dark Matter is his first studio album in nine years and this week, as Newman performed in the region, our morning man [...]

Manchester Orchestra in studio at WTMD

Andy Hull of and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra dropped by the TMD studios to play some songs from their upcoming album, A Black Mile To The Surface," and an older favorite. They talk to Matt [...]

John Paul White on the TMD Morning Show

John Paul White visited WTMD this week to play a few new songs and to chat with our morning host, Alex Cortright. After the breakup of The Civil Wars, White stepped completely out of music [...]

M. Ward on The TMD Morning Show

You may know M. Ward from one of his many musical endeavors. He's made a name for himself as a great singer and songwriter on his own, and as part of She & Him with [...]

Listen: Celebration on Baltimore Hit Parade

Sam Sessa hosts living legends on this episode from the Baltimore Hit Parade Archives. Check out the thriving music scene, plus Celebration performs live in our studio. https://soundcloud.com/wtmd/celebration-baltimore-hit-parade

Listen: Deaf Scene on Baltimore Hit Parade

Sam Sessa's house band is Deaf Scene on this episode from the Baltimore Hit Parade Archives. Deaf Scene is an instrumental drum-bass-guitar trio experimental group from Baltimore. https://soundcloud.com/wtmd/deaf-scene-baltimore-hit-parade

Listen: Horse Lords on Baltimore Hit Parade

The instrumental quartet Horse Lords are one of the leaders in Baltimore's experimental music scene. Check out the interview with Sam Sessa from the Baltimore Hit Parade Archives. https://soundcloud.com/wtmd/horse-lords-baltimore-hit-parade

Listen: Lauren Ruth Ward on Baltimore Hit Parade

On this episode from the Baltimore Hit Parade Archives, Sam Sessa has the first radio interview from talented and promising singer and songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward. https://soundcloud.com/wtmd/lauren-ruth-ward-baltimore-hit-parade

Listen: Roomrunner on Baltimore Hit Parade

Sam Sessa talks with Roomrunner on this episode of Baltimore Hit Parade Archives. Roomrunner is  a loud and heavy band who is releasing their new EP 'Separate' that has melodic and thoughtful passages. https://soundcloud.com/wtmd/roomrunner-baltimore-hit-parade

Listen: Red Jones on Baltimore Hit Parade

In this episode of Baltimore Hit Parade Archive, Sam Sessa interviews Red Jones,  who has been picking the blues in Baltimore for almost 30 years. https://soundcloud.com/wtmd/red-jones-baltimore-hit-parade

Sunny Side Up: Charlie Mars

Charlie Mars accentuates the first 'A' in WTMD's format (adult, album alternative). His elegant acoustic grooves and the unapologetic romantic conquests fleshed out in his lyrics, create moments of mature nocturnal listening. The always charming [...]

Sunny Side Up: Cowbell

British guitar & drum duo Cowbell stirred up WTMD in 2014 with a rockin', bluesy little number with slide guitar and crashing cymbals called "Talulah." Despite the minimal instruments, Jack Sandham & Wednesday Lyle brought [...]

Sunny Side Up: Sallie Ford

Sallie Ford ditched her surfy guitar-drvien rock with her all-male bandmates (The Sound Outside) for a girls-only punk group with a sonic sense of adventure. Ford's debut album under just her name, Slap Back, features [...]

Sunny Side Up: Boy and Bear

Australian indie-folk quintet Boy & Bear's latest album Harlequin Dream sets wild scenes of escapism and surreal dreams. The tight production, memorable guitar riffs & frontman Dave Hosking's distinctive voice bring this band into their [...]

A John Waters Christmas

John Waters is many things; director, writer, comedian- and he is synonymous with Christmas in Baltimore. He is putting on his annual show tonight at the Baltimore Soundstage. WTMD's Sam Gallant spoke with John Waters [...]

Sunny Side Up: Sylvan Esso

PASTE Magazine just named "Hey Mami" as their song of the year. And Sylvan Esso's other single "Coffee" may well top the listener generated countdown of WTMD's Top 89 Songs of 2014. The odd, yet [...]

Sunny Side Up: Bahamas

Bahamas is Afie, the latest album from Canadian virtuoso guitarist and witty, yet laid-back singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen, features on the cover, a wedding ring the word, "Afie" inscribed. And the record seemingly serves as a [...]

Sunny Side Up: Delta Spirit

Claustrophobia and Super Storm Sandy presented a writing and recording challenge for Matt Vasquez and his mates in Delta Spirit. Their rat-infested, basement rehearsal room in Brooklyn flooded, damaging equipment and creating a gloom the [...]

Full Dan Auerbach Interview

The Black Keys play the Royal Farms Arena tonight, December 4th,  along with St. Vincent I Had the chance to talk to guitarist/singer and self-described studio nerd Dan Auerbach about the new, groove-laiden album Turn [...]

Video: Letitia Van Sant Live In-Studio

Letitia Van Sant performs her song "When I Was Your Age" for WTMD's Live Lunch on October 31, 2014. http://youtu.be/YzmJvdUJF5g?list=UURSZ_LEtugNZElh3YThEarA

Video: Ruut Live In-Studio

Ruut performs "Canyon" for 89.7 WTMD's Live Lunch on Friday, October 10th, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qLQjhIWW_M

Warren Haynes Plays Dead w. BSO

This Friday at Pier Six Pavilion, Warren Haynes joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. The Gov't Mule frontman and Allman Brothers guitarist channels Jerry by plugging in his 70's era [...]

Sunny Side Up: Margaret Valentine

Upstate New York country crossover singer/songwriter Margaret Valentine possesses an ache in her voice that recalls Rosanne Cash. Add string arrangements to her honest songs, and you'll notice a kind-of mournful quality to her music. [...]

Sunny Side Up: Vance Joy

Australian uke man Vance Joy stopped by WTMD just before he won the coveted Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal at the APRA Awards Down Under. And not long after that, Atlantic Records [...]

Sunny Side Up: Asgeir

Icelandic singer Asgeir has sold more copies of his debut record in his native country than first efforts by more famous fellow countrymen & women. And despite that just everybody is fluent in English, he [...]

Sunny Side Up: Lucius

Lucius brought one of the most fun and best-dressed sessions we've had on WTMD's Sunny Side Up. The new-wave meets girl group alt pop band from Brooklyn features two female lead singers, Holly and Jess, [...]

Sunny Side Up: Twin Forks

It's kind of like starting over for Chris Carrabba. And that's just the way the Dashboard Confessional frontman wants it! It's very blue collar the way he's going about fronting his new Americana harmonizing band, [...]

Sunny Side Up: Ozomatli

Ozomatli, the Latin underground funk, hip-hop & world beat party instigators from Los Angeles, are back with a new album called "Place in the Sun." They stopped by WTMD for Sunny Side Up session to [...]

Sunny Side Up: Del McCoury Band

There's nobody you'll ever come across in music that's as genuine of a gentleman as Del McCoury. AND he helped put Maryland on the festival map, by founding the annual Memorial Day camping extravaganza DelFest! [...]

Sunny Side Up: Dan Croll

Dan Croll, a bespectacled, Buddy Holly lookalike from Liverpool, put out his debut record Sweet Disarray in April. A deluxe edition featuring collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mombazo and The Very Best comes out next month. [...]

Sunny Side Up: Eric Hutchinson

Takoma Park native Eric Hutchinson has a knack for making rhythmic, highly-addictive pop confections (think "OK, It's Alright With Me," "Watching You Watching Him," "Rock and Roll," etc.), ever since he was signed to Madonna's [...]

Sunny Side Up: Courtney Barnett

"Avant Gardner" by Courtney Barnett, the angst-ridden, stand-up worthy recounting of an allergic reaction has quickly connected with WTMD listeners. But aside from her wit and conversational observations, this Aussie artist impresses with her surfy [...]

Sunny Side Up: Robert Ellis

The twang of Texas-native Robert Ellis draws you into his songs. It's warm and intensely expressive, like Jason Isbell's or Jesse Malin's. His second album on New West Records The Lights From The Chemical Plant [...]

Sunny Side Up: Lake Street Dive

A viral video and an a star-studded concert provided the spark for Lake Street Dive to become one of the hottest bands in the country right now. The Brill-Building, jazz-inflected pop harmonies will get your [...]

Sunny Side Up: Amos Lee

Amos Lee's warm, soulful voice has been a staple of WTMD almost as long as we've been on the air. So it's always welcome when the Philly-native and former teacher puts out a new record. [...]

Sunny Side Up: Butch Walker

Butch Walker spent the 90's fronting Georgia rockers The Marvelous 3 and quite a lot of time after that crafting hits for the like of Pink and Katy Perry. But when the in-demand songwriter and [...]

Sunny Side Up: The Devil Makes Three

The energetic, gospel-infused punk-Americana of The Devil Makes Three made for a fun, toe-tapping recent session on Sunny Side Up. The latest by the veteran Vermont band is I'm a Stranger Here, which Nashville heavyweight [...]

The Bridge Rock the Hope

The Hopewell Cancer Support's 8th annual Concert For Hope takes place Saturday (2/22) at Baltimore Soundstage and starring The Bridge. There will also be a live auction, a VIP reception with Smooth Kentucky (feat. Cris [...]

Amos Lee Loves B’More

Philly native Amos Lee dropped by the TMD performance studio as he got ready for his gig at the Modell Lyric last night. The singer-songwriter with the James Taylor-like warmth in his voice just put [...]

Sunny Side Up: John Murry

Southern singer-songwriter John Murry writes love songs with deep scars. They painfully trace a battle to kick an opiate addiction and separating from his family. But peek into his new album The Graceless Age, and [...]

Sunny Side Up: Ivan & Alyosha

The upbeat melodies and luminous harmonies of Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha are simply pleasant to hear. The band, named after a couple of characters in a Dostoevsky novel, sing more of family and personal struggles [...]

Sunny Side Up: Vienna Teng

Acclaimed piano balladeer Vienna Teng took four years off from music to get her master's degree in sustainability studies at the University of Michigan. She emerged even more passionate about music and found inspiration from [...]

Sunny Side Up: Treetop Flyers

When Treetop Flyers sing and play their guitars, a golden-hued warmth comes out of out of the speakers. It's as if they're channeling the sunset sounds of the 70's, when country-folk melodies and comforting harmonies [...]

Sunny Side Up: Little Comets

On Little Comets' smart confection "Jennifer," the subject's timidness is a hindrance in a relationship. "Why'd you have to be so taciturn?"- might be the coolest line of the summer! The song's unusual rhythms, cascading [...]

Sunny Side Up: Valerie June

Not since Adele passed through the old TMD studios on the way to her Saturday Night Live debut and worldwide fame, has an artist made the hair of everybody in the room stand up like [...]

Sunny Side Up: Johnnyswim

 Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez make up the married musical duo and a VH1 You Outta Know artist Johnnywsim. And while the Nashville couple is known for their playful answers when it comes to the [...]

Sunny Side Up: Mike Doughty

  Circles, Super Bon Bon.... is the abbreviated title to Mike Doughty's new album of old songs!   The well-read songwriter with the expressive, jazzy baritone returns with a reworking of Soul Coughing songs.   [...]

Sunny Side Up: Blondfire

Blondfire, an LA band with roots in Michigan and even Brazil gave us one of this summer's sweetest sounding Sunny Side Up sessions. Formed by siblings Bruce and Erica Driscoll in 2004, the group first [...]

Sunny Side Up: Surfer Blood

  John Paul Pitts possesses one the great screams in alternative rock music. It's fun to hear it come out of nowhere in songs he initially sings in an interesting choir-boy kind of way, ala [...]

Sunny Side Up: James McCartney

If all you saw were the eyes, you'd swear you were looking at his dad. But for James McCartney, the unfair comparisons stop there. For one thing, he's very shy compared to his famous father's [...]

Sunny Side Up: Escondido

He came from Iowa, she from British Columbia, and thanks to a chance encounter in Nashville, trumpeter and guitarist Tyler James Geertsma and singer Jessica Maros formed the dusty duo Escondido. Their evocative, sexy, Southwestern, [...]

Sunny Side Up: Kodaline

Irish quartet Kodaline make shimmering, emotive, romantic alt-rock that's sure to be cosumed this summer, courtesy of their full-lenght debut, In a Perfect World (which is charting well in the UK) It's anthemic music with stadium [...]

Sunny Side Up: Ryan Montbleau Band

Brimming with talent and poised to evolve from go-to East Coast live act to must-listen-to. nationally-acclaimed album maker, Boston native Ryan Montbleau's journeyed to the Crescent City to craft his latest album. For Higher features [...]

Sunny Side Up: Madeleine Peyroux

The exquisite, beguiling Madeleine Peyroux has always excelled at interpreting the beautiful words of others. Whether it's Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight," "Dance Me Till the End of Love" by Leonard Cohen or Dylan's "You're [...]

Sunny Side Up: Cold Fronts

Cold Fronts, a melodic garage-rock band straight out of Philly's fortified DIY scene, played an energetic set on Sunny Side Up last weekend. Led by singer/guitarist Craig Almquist and drummer Alex Smith (pictured, right), their [...]

Sunny Side Up: Little Green Cars

Leave it to the folks at Glassnote Records to find bands from across the pond who look to our shores for inspiration. First, England's Mumford & Sons and now from the Emerald Isle, anthemic, roots-folk [...]

Sunny Side Up: Wake Owl

Wake Owl started out as a vehicle for Pacific Northwest singer/songwriter and former rapper Colyn Cameron. But it's now starting to take shape as a full-fledged band. Their new EP Wild Country (out on Vagrant [...]

Sunny Side Up: Milo Greene

A singular band of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, the California group who call themselves Milo Greene make shimmering, cinematic rock. And given all their hours traveling across the country by van, it sure helps if to [...]

Sunny Side Up: The Lone Bellow

Brooklyn trio The Lone Bellow are poised for a potentially big 2013. The country-soul three-part harmonies and back-porch rhythms on their self-titled debut should satisfy recent cravings for authentic American music. But what really makes [...]

Sunny Side Up: Churchill

The Denver folk-rock band Churchill may have Morrissey to thank for thier big break. The avid animal rights advocate refused to play Jimmy Kimmel Live because the scruffy hunter pimps on reality show Duck Dynasty [...]

Sunny Side Up: Matt Costa

http://youtu.be/p8iI92FeFDI Matt Costa left behind his sunny Southern California comfort zone for gloomy Glasgow, where he recorded his new self-titled album with Mogwai collaborator Tony Doogan. The results are breathtaking! With members of Belle and [...]

Sunny Side Up: Ra Ra Riot

Though there had been flirtations on previous albums, keyboards really explode on Ra Ra Riot's latest Beta Love. The Brooklyn by way of Syracuse University quintet last year parted ways with their longtime cello player [...]

Baltimore at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing in Park City Utah, and Baltimore is making a strong showing.  Matt Porterfield's film "I Used To Be Darker" is screening, and Maryland Film Festival director Jed [...]

Sunny Side Up: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

Alternative music star Ben Harper and blues harmonica king Charlie Musselwhite, two surprising kindred musical spirits, release their first album together, the scorching Get Up on January 29th. They came together over their love of [...]

Sunny Side Up: Bronze Radio Return

The six members of Bronze Radio Return, who met up at a prestigious music school in Hartford, Connecticut, made their second album Shake Shake Shake in the unlikely music hotbed of Norman, Oklahoma. It makes sense [...]

Sunny Side Up: Vintage Trouble

For Vintage Trouble, a band who wanted to stand out among the increasingly crowded field of retro r&b acts, they turned to friends in high places and their rabid group of fans. Having legendary rock [...]

Sunny Side Up: The Right Now

Along with Wilco & J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, our Sunny Side Up guest from this past Saturday (12/22/12), The Right Now, can be included on a list of cool, must-see bands from The [...]

Sunny Side Up: Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle has found his niche making cosmopolitan Americana/ gospel and proving he's successfully emerged from the shadow of his roots-rocking twangy troubadour father Steve Earle. Geek chic Justin even looks the part of [...]

Sunny Side Up: Trixie Whitley

Things have come full circle for Trixie Whitley, the Belgian-American with the emotionally searing voice  and stand out  in Daniel Lanois' project Black Dub. It was the super-producer (U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan) who lobbied [...]

Sunny Side Up: Neil Halstead

Neil Halstead has done it again! He's made another superb, artfully-crafted acoustic record in Palindrome Hunches that's as easy to cozy up to this season as an autumn sweater- remarkable given the Cornwall, England native's [...]

Sunny Side Up: Meiko

Meiko, a charming and funny Southern girl at heart, cut her musical teeth waiting tables at LA's the Hotel Cafe, the same vibrant singer/songwriter club that produced the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and Sarah Bareilles [...]

Sunny Side Up: Atlas Genius

Make good music and they will come! Taking a page out of Field of Dreams (though, it's probably more cricket than baseball) is Atlas Genius, an Aussie band who, when they first crafted the shimmering [...]

Sunny Side Up: Delta Rae

Delta Rae may be the best-looking band to pass through the TMD studios. There! Got your attention! But here at WTMD, we're all about substance over style, and it certainly took more than the North [...]

Sunny Side Up: Mindy Smith

When Mindy Smith talks, she sounds like the Long Island-native that she is, but when she sings, it's if she lived the life of a coal miner's daughter or an Appalachian daughter of a preacher [...]

Sunny Side Up: Charlie Mars

He might not have Mary Louise Parker parading around in his music videos anymore, but Mississippi-born Charlie Mars still oozes cool. His new album Blackberry Light continues the seductive acoustic pop found on his last [...]

Sunny Side Up: The Wallflowers

Jakob Dylan took some time off from the band he's fronted for 23 years to make a couple of acclaimed, sparser-sounding solo albums (including the terrific Women and Country w. Neko Case) Despite's Dylan's solo adventure [...]

Sunny Side Up: Langhorne Slim & The Law

Bucks County, Pennsylvania native Langhorne Slim has been doing the folk-punk-Americana thing before Mumford & Sons turned banjo & upright bass into gold & platinum. Comfortable just to reach people through his words & soulful [...]

Sunny Side Up: Kat Edmonson

Jazz-folk singer Kat Edmonson possesses a remarkable voice that dreamily recalls a more carefree time. Her second album, the immaculately arranged Way Down Low features a duet with Lyle Lovett, a Brian Wilson cover and songs that breathe new [...]

Sunny Side Up: World Party

World Party brainchild Karl Wallinger made pop/alternative masterpieces for two distinct musical decades- the 80's with Private Revolution & Goodbye Jumbo in the 90's. There were lots of other fine moments of tuneful & political [...]

Sunny Side Up: Madi Diaz

There's a Baltimore connection to Lancaster, PA-raised singer/songwriter Madi Diaz besides geographical proximity: her father plays in a Frank Zappa tribute band! Her Peruvian-born mother, who championed arts education, home-schooled Madi and later enrolled her [...]

Banjoist Nets Baker Artist Award

One man globetrotting banjo player Nathan Bell is one of three recipients to win the coveted $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker prize of the 2012 Baker Artist Awards. The Baltimore native uses bows, finger-picks and a claw-hammer style to channel the [...]

Blind Pilot LIVE at WTMD Studios

Blind Pilot came by the WTMD studios before their show at Rams Head Live to play a couple LIVE songs. They are an american indie folk group based out of Portland, Oregon. The group consists [...]

The Fling Sing Live At WTMD

The five-part harmonies of psychadelic, rootsy band The Fling sound equally shimmery in a live setting as they do on their full-length debut When the Madhouse Appears. "Wanderingfoot" has quickly become a WTMD favorite. They [...]

Auction Winner Hosts Imelda May

Sallie Robinson logged the winning bid in our spring Auction For Music People and won the quite cool experience of hosting a Between the Grooves episode. Thursday at 2pm is her big moment and as [...]

Summer Swimming With Ximena Sariñana

Next to "Pumped-Up Kicks," the catchiest song this summer has got to be "Different" by Ximena Sarinana. Fluent in both Spanish and English, the Mexican-born 25-year-old grew up as a child star in her native [...]

Between the Grooves: Sarah Jaffe’s Suburban Nature

"Clementine" from Sarah Jaffe's debut Suburban Nature chugs and builds with such a restrained intensity, it sounds like she's going to burst! But, the Denton, Texas native keeps the confessionals in check, allowing the listener [...]

Between the Grooves: Bahamas’ Canadian Dry Humor

After playing guitar in Feist's band and collaborating with other Broken Social Sceners Jason Colette and Amy Milan, Finnish Canadian Afie Jurvanen put out his first full-length album as Bahamas in 2009 to great acclaim. Pink Strat [...]

U2 and The Claw Grab Hold of Baltimore

One of the biggest bands in the world are walking among us in Baltimore! Larry, Adam, Edge, and Bono have been camping out in Charm City for the past couple of days, allegedly taking in [...]

Bettye LaVette Plays Columbia Festival

Bettye LaVette, one of the greatest r&b vocalist and overall song interpreters, plays the Smith Theater at Howard Community College Tuesday June 22nd as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Robbed of the [...]

Dance Happy With Walk the Moon

From the city that gave us the Isley Brothers, the Afghan Whigs and a wacky, fictional radio station comes the energetic sounds of Walk the Moon. A love of Talking Heads and The Killers gave rise [...]

Iron and Wine Beef Up Their Sound

Sam Beam brought a mini chamber orchestra to the TMD studios for his recent Between the Grooves taping. There was a banjo, clarinet, flute, bass harmonica, mandolin, and the lovely background vocals of Rosie Thomas [...]

Apache Relay

Nashville-based The Apache Relay bring their animated live performance to the air this week. Despite the name, it's not a baton they pass around, but instruments. Their rousing live shows have turned audiences into advocates [...]

reWired for Change

Sonja Sohn is well know for her role as Detective Kima Greggs in the hit HBO show, The Wire. What many don't know is that she took a break from acting in 2009 to concentrate [...]

Peter Tork at Club 66

At Club 66 in Edgewood Saturday night you'll have the rare opportunity to see a member of band which, in 1967, outsold The Beatles and the Stones combined! While Peter Tork of The Monkees played [...]

Cas Haley

Being America's Got Talent's Season 2 runner-up may have given rise to his career,  but once Cas Haley opens his mouth and pounds his acoustic guitar strings with such surprising rhythmic virtuosity, you'll be glad [...]