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Jeff Tweedy

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
02/09/2006

Music is a part of most families. Whether it's songs around a campfire, a handful of CDs in heavy rotation on the family stereo, or music made around a piano or other instruments, music is a way of helping families connect to each other and the world around them. So how is that a different equation when Dad is one of the most popular alternative country musicians in the world. Jeff Tweedy has been the frontman of the band Wilco since it was founded over 10 years ago. His oldest son is now ten years old and an aspiring musician in his own right. We sit down and talk with Jeff Tweedy about the presence of music in family life and raising children. Tweedy fills us in on when he brings his kids on the road, when he leaves them at home, and how much it helps for his sons to have seen enough backstage areas to know where Dad works. We also find out whether or not his kids are Wilco fans. Also today, Seattle band Balkan Cabaret, and music picks from KUOW's Amanda Wilde.

Today's Featured Music Selection: Wilco
The band Wilco has been called everything from progressive rock to alternative country to experimentalist. What has stayed consistent throughout Wilco's ten year history, however, has been their loyal following, which seems to grow with each new record. Wilco's latest album, Kicking Television: Live in Chicago was recorded over the course of four perfomances at the Vic Theatre in the band's hometown of Chicago.

05:00 - Balkan Cabaret
Mary Sherhart is a Seattle based singer, teacher and member of the band Balkan Cabaret. She has a close connection to the people and music of the Balkans through her wide travels and studies in Eastern Europe. Today, Mary Sherhart speaks with Dave Beck and shares music from Balkan Cabaret's latest recording.

Related Event:
Mary Sherhart performs Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. at Porta by the Market in Seattle.

33:00 - Jeff Tweedy
Music is a part of most families. Whether it's songs around a campfire, a handful of CDs in heavy rotation on the family stereo, or music made around a piano or other instruments, music is a way of helping families connect to each other and the world around them. So how is that a different equation when Dad is one of the most popular alternative country musicians in the world. Jeff Tweedy has been the frontman of the band Wilco since it was founded over 10 years ago. His oldest son is now ten years old and an aspiring musician in his own right. We sit down and talk with Jeff Tweedy about the presence of music in family life and raising children. Tweedy fills us in on when he brings his kids on the road, when he leaves them at home, and how much it helps for his sons to have seen enough backstage areas to know where Dad works. We also find out whether or not his kids are Wilco fans.

47:00 - Sounds Familiar: 'Saber Dance'
Host of KUOW's The Swing Years and Beyond, Amanda Wilde joins us for a slice of nostalgia with her latest CD picks.

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