The women are taking over...!
Producer Gillian Russell tells us about tomorrow's special edition of The Music Café...
There was great excitement in The Music Café office when we managed to secure an exclusive interview with Rosanne Cash! Bruce MacGregor caught up with her the other day ahead of her appearance at The Big Tent Festival in Fife this weekend.
In a warm and open interview she tells Bruce about her latest album The List, which was based on an actual list of songs given to her by father, the legendary Johnny Cash. She also talks about her love of Scotland and how important it is for her to return to Fife where the Cash ancestors came from. Don't miss the interview in full - plus some of her gorgeous music - on Wednesday!
We've also got an interview with the woman who's been described as "the British Edith Piaf" - now that's quite an accolade and one which is much deserved for the marvellous Barb Jungr. Barb will be dropping in to preview her Edinburgh Festival show - The Men I Love - and we'll be hearing some of her sublime music.
And if that wasn't enough, award-winning Scots singer Karine Polwart will discussing her new BBC Radio Scotland series Karine Polwart - The Studio One Sessions which gets under way on Thursday 22nd July. You can hear a terrific preview track from the series on this week's Music Café.
Bruce had been telling us in a planning meeting about how nerve-wracking it is for a musician to do a live radio session and he should know! So it set us thinking about how important the live session is in today's increasingly digital and electronic world. Does the audience enjoy the sense of being at a "private" concert? He'll be chatting to Karine about whether playing live radio is still a way of showing you're a "real" musician?
And finally ... well, we couldn't really let the women take over totally so we'll be hearing Olaf Furniss's musings on the contribution that compilation albums have made to popular music with the release of Now That's What I Call Music number 76.
76?! Some of us are old enough to remember the first one!!