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Bonnie Raitt20160530

Ten time Grammy winner and hugely respected musician, singer-songwriter and blues star Bonnie Raitt talks through her 45 year career, including her work with everyone from John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles to Paul Brady, John Prine and Bruce Hornsby.

She takes us through her early days as a civil rights protester, daughter of a Broadway singer and Quaker, being a student at Harvard and meeting John Lee Hooker and other blues giants at the age of 19 to her success with Luck Of The Draw, Nick Of Time, I Can't Make You Love Me and Thing Called Love, among many others.

Bonnie also brings us up to date with 2012's Slipstream and her twentieth album Dig In Deep.

Bonnie Raitt20160530

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt2016082920160913 (R2)

Johnnie Walker talks in depth to three of America's greatest singer-songwriters, who between them have sold more than 200 million records, won at least 20 Grammys and can sell out concert halls and arenas in moments.

Emmylou Harris proclaimed "it was a glorious sound" when she first sang with her friend Linda Ronstadt and their "favourite" singer Dolly Parton in 1975 at her house in LA. As you will hear, the harmonies blended as if they had been singing together from birth, creating what they called "the sisterhood of song". Dolly says just hearing the subsequent recordings still gives her chills. Many believe that they created what we now call Americana, with the Trio project.

Johnnie hears about those first meetings and the struggle to get their schedules aligned for two albums (released twelve years apart), plus the fun they had choosing the songs and who would sing them, working in the studio with some amazing musicians and winning awards and critical and audience acclaim, plus their thoughts on the other artists they covered - including Linda Thompson, Randy Newman, the Carter Family and Neil Young.

Trio is the perfect description for their equal and delicately balanced collaboration, as the albums remain their favourite works and are, in their own words, their enduring legacy.

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt20160829

Fleetwood Mac: Beyond the Rumours20140101

James Taylor20150524

James Taylor2015052420151231 (R2)

James Taylor talks in depth about his extraordinary life and career, leading up to his first new studio album in thirteen years Before This World.

James also plays new material and classics from the 1970s live in session, with some of his touring band, at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.

Topics include family, addiction, being the first signed artist to the Beatles Apple record label and friendships with Peter Asher, Carole King, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell and the actor Warren Oates.

Johnnie and James remember classic tracks from albums like Gorilla and Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon and singles, like Handyman, Carolina In My Mind, Sweet Baby James and Fire and Rain, that have touched all our lives.

James Taylor2015052420151231 (R2)

James Taylor talks in depth about his extraordinary life and career, leading up to his first new studio album in thirteen years Before This World.

James also plays new material and classics from the 1970s live in session, with some of his touring band, at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.

Topics include family, addiction, being the first signed artist to the Beatles Apple record label and friendships with Peter Asher, Carole King, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell and the actor Warren Oates.

Johnnie and James remember classic tracks from albums like Gorilla and Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon and singles, like Handyman, Carolina In My Mind, Sweet Baby James and Fire and Rain, that have touched all our lives.

Jimmy Page20151230

Jimmy Page20151230

Jimmy Page OBE talks about his incredible career and influences. As well as his encyclopedic knowledge of music he also has an incredible memory about the many sessions he performed for the likes of Van Morrison and Them, The Kinks, The Who and Shirley Bassey.

Jimmy also guides Johnnie through his work with the Yardbirds and his friend Jeff Beck and the initial plans, with John Entwistle and Keith Moon, to form a supergroup that would, in the words of Moon, go down like a lead balloon, with Pete Townshend at least.

Jimmy talks about the infamous concert tours, recent reformation and classic recordings of Led Zeppelin and his friends and co-founders Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

Jimmy Page20151230

Jimmy Page OBE talks about his incredible career and influences. As well as his encyclopedic knowledge of music he also has an incredible memory about the many sessions he performed for the likes of Van Morrison and Them, The Kinks, The Who and Shirley Bassey.

Jimmy also guides Johnnie through his work with the Yardbirds and his friend Jeff Beck and the initial plans, with John Entwistle and Keith Moon, to form a supergroup that would, in the words of Moon, go down like a lead balloon, with Pete Townshend at least.

Jimmy talks about the infamous concert tours, recent reformation and classic recordings of Led Zeppelin and his friends and co-founders Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

Rod Stewart20150831