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Hosted by Dom Flemons
Season Four of American Songster Radio Show will feature brand new episodes dedicated to Dom Flemons new solo album Traveling Wildfire on Smithsonian Folkways. Flemons and his co-host Vania Kinard will present curated themed episodes that explore more music from their record collection along with additional commentary about the making of Traveling Wildfire. In celebration of the release, each episode takes a behind the scenes look at the musical influences that helped shape the album and the creative process that brought it all together. Flemons and Kinard will also discuss the evolution of the black experience in country music while playing classic songs on the air.
Dom Flemons has built a reputation on presenting 100 years of American roots music, but with Traveling Wildfire his own songwriting prowess comes into the spotlight. Carefully selected from his personal repertoire, these original songs reveal his love of country, western, blues, Americana, bluegrass and folk music as they tell stories of true love, family legacy, survival, time travel, and the juxtaposition between light and dark. Traveling Wildfire weaves through the themes of hope and humor as it rises above the hard times with strength and lightheartedness.
“I hope people will be able to hear the different phases of my life through the lyrics and feel the energy that fuels my creativity within the songs. The past few years for me have been a time of deep reflection and meditation. I hope that the album will light a fire of inspiration inside everyone who experiences it.” -Dom Flemons
The Making of ‘Traveling Wildfire’ Mini Documentary: https://youtu.be/u_Bko05gALI
Dom Flemons is the creator, host, and producer of American Songster Radio. He is a GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee and 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow. Dom Flemons is a Black and Mexican roots music artist who is originally from Phoenix, Arizona but has lived in North Carolina, New York, and Washington, D.C. He and his wife Vania Kinard currently live in the Chicago area with their daughter. Flemons’ has over fifteen years worth of experience as a professional musician and he has branded the moniker, The American Songster® since his repertoire covers over one hundred years of American roots music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, record collector, world traveler, and writer. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones.
Vania Kinard is a producer and scriptwriter on American Songster Radio. She was born in the Los Angeles area but has lived in Guam, San Diego, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Hillsborough, N.C. Vania Kinard is currently based in the Chicago area where she works as a Business and Social Media Manager, Curator and Writer at American Songster Productions alongside her husband Dom Flemons. She has over five years worth of work experience in politics, including; working on President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign at the National Headquarters in Chicago and the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington, D.C. She has another five years worth of experience in the music industry and has traveled the world while being on tour with Dom Flemons since 2016. Together they have been all across America, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia, including a solo trip to Israel. Her personal and professional goals have always been centered around the idea of building bridges between communities so that the future generations can prosper.
Jeff DeLia is a producer on American Songster Radio. He has been in the music industry as an artist manager for nearly ten years, with his own company 72 Music Management, based in Los Angeles. He has overseen management for 27 releases, garnering two GRAMMY Award winning albums and eight GRAMMY nominated projects. His roster includes roots-rock singer-songwriter A.J. Croce, 5x GRAMMY winning gospel icons the Blind Boys of Alabama, 2x GRAMMY winning blues legend Bobby Rush, GRAMMY winning songster Dom Flemons, Folk-Rock band Dustbowl Revival, and soulful roots artist Sarah Grace and the Soul. Jeff was elected to Governor of the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy in 2020. Personally he loves Kansas City Chiefs football and exploring the world. Professionally he really values the opportunity to take part in advocacy for the Music Industry and mentor the next generation.