Hosted by Dom Flemons
American Songster Radio is a new monthly show hosted by GRAMMY Winner and Two-Time EMMY nominee, Dom Flemons. Throughout this brand new season, each episode will explore a wide range of songs within the American roots music genre and invite listeners into the theme of “music that changed your life”. Throughout this hour-long program, Flemons’ will highlight the influential music and stories of the legendary songsters. These tradition-bearers helped build the foundation of roots music and their recordings give us a look into the past.
Each episode is curated by Dom Flemons to include a variety of genres, like; Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, R&B, and Soul music from the albums he’s collected over the past fifteen years. While showcasing music directly from his personal record collection, he’ll present songs, albums, and artists that helped build the foundation of American popular culture. Also, everyone will have an opportunity to listen to the deeper conversations he’ll have with his friends who are world renowned musicians and scholars in the roots music community. Together they’ll talk about pivotal music moments that helped shape their identities and regional influences that inspired their lives.
Dom Flemons created American Songster Radio back in 2016 and he released season one on WUNC Radio. In 2018, he released season two which was dedicated to exploring the lesser-known history of the legendary black cowboys and pioneer women of the Old West. For season three, Flemons’ will invite artists, historians, musicologist, and record collectors to join him in conversations about the music that forever impacted their lives. Radio listeners will have an opportunity to hear these intimate conversations and be introduced to songs that are hidden deep in the roots music lexicon.
Join Dom Flemons on this unforgettable journey as he unpacks one hundred years of American roots music on WSM Radio.
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.