Big Voices with k.d. Lang & Topsy Chapman


April 18th, 2007 ~ From shouters to chanteuses, R&B melisma to the high lonesome sound of bluegrass, this week we bring you some of the biggest voices on the American soundscape. Neo-retro vocalist k.d. lang comes by to talk about her loves and influences from 50's country to smoky lounge music. New Orleans singer Topsy Chapman tells us how a stint as a singing waitress on Bourbon Street and growing up with 15 siblings led her to an international career as a song stylist.

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  • Open Bed: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues Earl Hines
    Earl Hines in New Orleans, Chiaroscuro
  • I Gotta Right to sing the Blues Louis Armstrong
    Louis Armstrong The Complete RCA Victor Recordings, BMG
  • I'm Going To Live the Life I Sing About in My Song Marion Williams
    Precious Lord: Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey, Columbia/Legacy
  • That's How I Got to Memphis Solomon Burke
    Nashville, Shout! Factory
  • I've Been Loving You Too Long Ike and Tina Turner
    Bold Soul Sister: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings, Hip-O
  • Instrumental: Third Man Theme Mickey Baker
    The Wildest Guitar, Stone
  • Listener letters recalling where they were when Elvis died
  • Reconsider Baby Elvis Presley
    The King of Rock and Roll: The Essential 60's Masters, RCA/BMG
  • Crazy Patsy Cline
    The Patsy Cline Collection, MCA
  • Faded Love Johnny Gimble et al
    Hits of Western Swing, CMH
  • INTERVIEW: k.d. Lang
  • That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) Johnny Cash
    American III: Solitary Man, American
  • Both Sides, Now Joni Mitchell
    Hits, Reprise
  • Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    Meet Joe Black Soundtrack, Universal
  • Open Bed: I Wish I Could Sing George Coleman
    George Coleman: Bongo Joe, Arhoolie
  • Sing, Sing, Sing Louis Prima
    Capitol Collectors Series, Capitol
  • Wheel of Fortune The Barry Sisters
    Hebrew National Kosher Classics, RCA
  • Lonely at the Top Randy Newman
    Sail Away, Reprise
  • The Best is Yet to Come Frank Sinatra w/ Count Basie
    It Might as Well Be Swing, Reprise
  • Straight to the Top Tom Waits
    Franks Wild Years, Island
  • Instrumental: Just Another Sucker on the Vine Tom Waits
    Swordfishtrombones, Island
  • I Feel Like Singing Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
    Where's the Money?, MCA
  • Doin' the New Lowdown Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
    Stars of the Apollo, Columbia/Legacy
  • INTERVIEW: Topsy Chapman
  • Please Don't Drive Me Away Sam Cooke
    Night Beat, RCA
  • She Thinks I Still Care George Jones
    The Definitive Collection: 1955 - 1962, Mercury
  • Today I Sing the Blues Aretha Franklin
    Aretha Sings The Blues, Columbia
  • Instrumental: Jesus Will Fix It For You Sonny Treadway
    Jesus Will Fix It, Arhoolie
  • Tryin' to Make Heaven My Home Viola Jones & Congregation
    Southern Journey, Vol. 3: 61 Highway Mississippi, Rounder
  • Rivers of Babylon The Melodians
    The Best of the Melodians, 1967-1973, Trojan
  • Down by the Riverside Mahalia Jackson
    The Essential Mahalia Jackson, Columbia
  • End Bed: Basin St. Blues Henry Butler
    American Routes original recording,