Joining us for this week’s popular re-airing is singer/songwriter extraordinaire Citizen Cope, known for his unique and exquisite fusion of blues, soul, and hip-hop.
We also welcome Portland-based singer/songwriter Anna Tivel, who is widely recognized for her lyrics-driven folk and Americana style.
Plus, Nick talks with Mark Dibner, co-founder of Kramden Institute–an organization that saves discarded computers from going into the landfill and refurbishes them to give to low-income students for academic use.
Citizen Cope is the alias of American songwriter, producer, and performer Clarence Greenwood. In a career that has now spanned 30 years, his songs have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Sheryl Crow, Pharoah Monch, Dido, Carlos Santana, and Richie Havens. He has released nine solo albums to date, with the most recent being 2021’s The Pull of Niagara Falls. Among his most successful records are The Rainwater LP, Every Waking Moment, and One Lovely Day, all of which made the US Billboard Top 200.
Anna Tivel is an Oregon-based songwriter. She has released 7 albums, to much critical acclaim.
“Anna Tivel is just one of my absolute favorite songwriters living right now…and I think this is her best record yet…Her writing on this record is at the level that Paul Simon was at when he wrote ‘The Boxer’ and ‘American Tune.’”
“Tivel has many strengths and no flaws. She’s one of the finest storytellers modern folk music has to offer, with lyrics so literary that it’s tempting to think of her as a poet with an exceptional gift for playing guitar and singing.”
“Tivel digs into love, loss, and the loneliness of modern life while pushing her sound beyond the boundaries of folk music by incorporating unconventional percussion, atmospheric production, and gentle ambient touches.”
“Tivel’s seventh full-length album is a quiet, literate triumph, her delicate curving melodies framed in guitar strums, washes of keyboard sound and twitchy, glitchy beats.”
“Tivel’s folk fingerpicking and soft, compelling voice are reminiscent of Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, and her songwriting—full of tragic figures and folks down on their luck—brings to mind Elliott Smith.”