Singer-songwriter Samantha Crain spent the past year writing and recording songs that explore what she learned about herself during the COVID pandemic. Her latest album 'I Guess We Live Here Now' reveals her new-found musical sensibilities with introspective and haunting lyrics and melodies. KSJD's Mike McAllister talked with Samantha Crain about her music and where she goes from here.

Richard Thompson has been making music for a very long time. From his days in the late 1960s as a teenage guitar player and songwriter with the seminal British folk rock group Fairport Convention to his roaring partnership with then-wife Linda Thompson, and his many years as a solo artist beyond.

A year ago, when people were losing jobs left and right, millions called their local unemployment agency. Like many states, Texas struggled to deal with the volume of people applying for unemployment — which meant busy signals and long hold times. When you're dealing with the soul-crushing inefficiency of a government bureaucracy pushed beyond its purposely limited limits, sometimes you have to make the best of it.

The Staves are an English indie folk trio of sisters whose music is expanding the boundaries of folk with deeply personal and profound subject matter. KSJD's Music Director Mike McAllister talked with one of the sisters, Camilla Staveley-Taylor, about the evolution of The Staves, their amazing new album Good Woman, and how they have survived the COVID pandemic.

Singer, songwriter, and activist Raye Zaragoza has been called "one of the most politically relevant artists in her genre" by Paste Magazine. KSJD Music Director Mike McAllister spoke with her about the events and experiences that inspire her music, and her new release "Woman In Color."