NPR: Rita Houston

With the release of Scandalous earlier this spring, the Austinites in Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears sound bolder than ever. While their new record maintains the soulful energy of its predecessor, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, Lewis and the band exude rock grit on Scandalous — they prove as much in this, their latest interview and performance at WFUV.

Emmylou Harris is the first to admit that songwriting doesn't come easy for her: "It's the fear of writing that's still there with me," she said recently. Harris found inspiration for her newest set of songs in the lives of old friends, in the 1955 story of Emmett Till, and even at the dog pound. Hard Bargain, her 21st studio album, tells a batch of stories in her own words, while bringing her serene grace and light touch to some heavy topics.