Song Travels with Michael Feinstein
Song Travels is a one-hour series distributed by NPR and hosted by five-time Grammy nominated performer Michael Feinstein. As host and artistic director, Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other over the course of a lifetime. For Feinstein, American music is essentially a travelogue, with art that exists only because it has traveled through artists' lives, generations, and passions.
“In this series, we talk about songs: how important they are in our lives, how they've changed our lives and how sometimes they make life worth living,” says Feinstein.
Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist. Each program features a mix of conversation and in-studio or recorded musical performances of guest artists and Feinstein himself.
The line-up top performers featured on the show spans the musical spectrum, including country artist Roseanne Cash, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, songwriter and composer Johnny Mandel, and R&B legend Valerie Simpson.
With this series, Feinstein, a longtime archivist and advocate for the Great American Songbook, reintroduces the canon of American popular song through the remarkable interpretations of his guests as well as their own original works. Through conversation and performance, the program uncovers the lineage of American song across time and genre.
“Music often reflects its time…who knows what’s going to happen in ten years? But to me, it’s a passing parade, and all of it is worthy. People are compelled to make music.”— BetteMidler