Wednesday's Show

Wednesday, March 3, 2010:

Phillip Hoare’s book The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Deep won the UK’s 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction last year. And it also won rave reviews including this one from the Guardian newspaper: “A magnificent monster of a book, combining a huge wealth of whale lore, zoology, literature, history and personal account. Written with great elegance, enthusiasm and insight, it takes us on an enthralling voyage into the underwater world of the whale and to the heart of an obsession.” Then, Patsy Cline defined the “Nashville Sound” of the 1960s. Transport her a few thousand miles to the northeast, and a few decades into the future, and you get Lovisa Elisabet Sigrunardottir. Sigrunardottir grew up in Reykjavik, learning to play piano and guitar at an early age. Under the stage name “Lay Low,” she has captured the attention of everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Lucinda Williams with music that mixes folk, blues, and country twang. Lay Low’s new album is titled, “Farewell Good Night’s Sleep.”