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JPR Live Session: Michaela Anne

Nashville singer/songwriter Michaela Anne first started getting national attention in 2014 with the release of Ease My Mind, which was an old school collection of songs hailed by The New York Times for its “plain-spoken songs of romantic regret and small-town longing” and named one of the year’s best country albums by The Village Voice.

After a move from Brooklyn to Nashville, Michaela Anne released Bright Lights and the Fame, which featured guest appearances by Rodney Crowell and Punch Brother Noam Pikelny. NPR said Michaela “works through weepers and hits the honky-tonks as every great country singer should,” while Rolling Stone compared her to Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, and Vice Noisey praised her as the antidote to commercial pop country, calling her “our saving grace, our angel, the person who will help usher us into a new age.

Now fully emerged on the national scene and completely confident in her sound, 2019's Desert Dove (her first album for Yep Roc Records) is full of lush, sweeping arrangements and deeply vulnerable self-examination. While the songwriting is still very much rooted in the classic country of her past, the new album is a shift into a new sonic gear, with a more modern aesthetic and more of a Triple-A/indie rock sound. It was an all-in moment for the artist. After struggling with the path she'd chosen as a musician, uncertain of the future, she (and her husband - also her drummer) put their faith in their craft and jumped in with both feet.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and interviews.