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The Songbirds Radio Hour

"The Songbirds Radio Hour" is a music-and-interview show recorded in front of a live audience at the Songbirds Guitar & Pop Culture Museum in downtown Chattanooga.

Each episode covers a different theme — and how it intertwines with music, from racism and civil rights to the legacy of Southern rock, women in punk, regional music history, gender identity and much more.

The show features regional and national celebrities — from authors and journalists to musicians, producers and others involved in the music industry — in a Q&A-style format, along with music from a regional or national band.

Free tickets for recordings of "The Songbirds Radio Hour" are available online only at the Songbirds website: songbirdsfoundation.org. Space is limited to 75 guests.

Proceeds from beverages served support Songbirds’ Guitars for Kids program - which gives free guitars, lessons, and music therapy to children throughout the South.

  • (Aired 9/09/23) Legendary troubadour Steve Earle performs a solo acoustic show for the Songbirds Foundation's Guitars for Kids program on this episode of "The.Songbirds Radio Hour," recorded at the Songbirds Guitar and Pop Culture Museum in downtown Chattanooga.
  • (Aired 8/12/23) Sunny War, blues / folk / punk guitarist - and Buffalo Nichols, blues singer and guitarist - perform together in this episode of The Songbirds Radio Hour.
  • (Aired 7/08/23) Americana folk duo The Okee Dokee Bros. and Mexican songstress Sonia De Los Santos kick off a new concert series just for kids at Songbirds: The Super Fun Kids Rock Show.
  • (Aired 6/10/23) Since hitting the scene back in 2017, The Shindellas - Kasi Jones, Stacy Johnson and Tamara Chauniece - have been on a mission to impact music with their unique sound and style.
  • (Aired 5/13/23) Artist. Activist. Music Therapist Gone Rogue. Kyshona is an artist ignited by untold stories, and the capacity of those stories to thread connection in every community - blending roots, rock, R&B, and folk with lyrical prowess.
  • John Dooley and Charlie Moss chat with country artist Nick Shoulders about his punk rock roots, his dissatisfaction with the current state of country music, and how his songs address it on "Make Music Happen," a podcast from the Songbirds Guitar and Pop Culture Museum in downtown Chattanooga.
  • (Aired 4/08/23) We talk with Mexican-American conductor Ismael Sandoval of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera - and we discuss the history of Mariachi and the importance of the tradition in Mexican society. Our special musical guest is Mariachi Aventurero from Dalton, Georgia.
  • (Aired 3/11/23) Join us as we talk with Ardie Dean, who has been with the Music Maker Foundation for more than 20 years and serves as house drummer and musical director of the Music Maker Blues Revue - and Charles “Sugar Harp” Burroughs, blues musician and Music Maker partner.
  • (Aired 2/11/23) In this episode, we talk with folk musician and founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen, about his career, his new book, and the 50th anniversary of the band’s seminal album: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
  • (Aired 1/14/23) In 1972, a little-known Memphis band named Big Star released its first album, "#1 Record." Join us as we celebrate the album's 50th anniversary - and talk to our special guest, Jody Stephens from Big Star, who also performs a short set with our house band, Zowie and The Vanguard.