April 30, 2020
In this rerun from 2018, Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, talks about how Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddam" helped her grapple with complex feelings about her home state, Arkansas. She also talks about returning home after heartbreak and explores making her first record "Fake Sugar." Every Thursday at 7pm CT, KUTX hosts a weekly Netflix Party featuring a different music documentary. Check it out here. Last week's movie was What Happened, Miss Simone? and inspired the re-run of this episode discussing Simone's music and its lasting resonance. Starting this week they'll be watching the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution.…Listen
April 16, 2020
In this rerun from 2018, Liz Phair describes how the 1980s rock song "I Wanna Destroy You" by The Soft Boys put her in touch with her youthful desire to destroy something. We also hear Phair share what it was like to revisit her early 90's songs on the recent Girly-Sound to Guyville tour. Plus, she shares a bit of parenting wisdom with host Elizabeth McQueen. Phair has a new record, Soberish, coming out this summer. Listen to this episode of This SongListen
April 2, 2020
Beloved American singer-songwriter John Prine is on many people's minds right now. He is currently in stable condition on a ventilator due to symptoms from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to him and his family. This episode, recorded live in 2018 at Waterloo records, is a testament to Prine's creativity, kindness and generosity of spirit. In it, he explains how Bob Dylan's "The Lonsesome Death of Hattie Carroll" changed his life and goes in-depth on his own songwriting process for his album "The Tree of Forgiveness. Listen to this episode of This Song Watch to the full interview of John…Listen
This Song started in 2015, a year and a half after producer and host Elizabeth McQueen stopped touring with the Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel. The idea came from a conversation she had with Wheel road manager PJ Herrington. They dreamed up a show that would try to capture the post-gig bus conversations that musicians about music with each other on the road. They both knew that musicians are most beautiful when they’re talking about the music that changed them. You can actually hear PJ as a co-host in the first two episodes. He had to bow out, due to his travel schedule, but Elizabeth continued to make the podcast for five years.
Elizabeth currenting co-hosts and co-produces Pause/Play, a podcast about live music, a global pandemic and what comes next. She also helps produce The Breaks podcast.
Elizabeth McQueen is an audio producer and podcast host at KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music station. McQueen is also the featured host of the podcast, “This Song,” and the producer of “The Breaks,” a hip-hop podcast. Prior to her career in radio and podcasting, Elizabeth was a professional musician who started and played for the band, “Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands,” and later joined the legendary Western Swing band, “Asleep at the Wheel.”