3 Girls and Their Buddy
Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 p.m. on WPBT2
In a record-shattering career, Tim McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums, dominated the charts with 30 number-one singles and received three Grammys, among countless other awards. The 2009 release of his tenth studio album, Southern Voice, represents a new level of depth and intensity for the seasoned country artist, showcased on this episode. With a commanding stage presence, McGraw croons his reflective and haunting new songs “If I Died Today” and “I’m Only Jesus.” Other highlights include “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Good Girls” and “Still.”
Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Seal’s one-of-a-kind husky baritone is perfect for any genre. He’s delighted fans and earned critical acclaim while staying true to classic, honest songwriting in his two-decade career. Now, he’s done it again with the release of his exceptional sixth studio album, Soul. Together with legendary music producer David Foster, Seal adds his signature touch to some of the best soul songs ever created. In his stunning SOUNDSTAGE performance, Seal evokes an era when music vividly captured emotion and romance. Seal takes on Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.”
Thursday, February 18 at 11:00 p.m. on WPBT2
With a backbone of Southern rock and country, passionate VanZant vocals and trademark layered guitars, Lynyrd Skynyrd deliver sensational renditions of their iconic classics “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “That Smell” and “Simple Man.” This episode is littered with hits, rousing guitar solos and songs from the new album, God & Guns. An epic “Freebird” finale does justice to the 35-year legacy of this all-star rock ’n’ roll group.
Thursday, February 25 at 11:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Over the last 50 years, the legendary Willie Nelson has continued to be an enduring and compelling presence in music. The troubadour mixes elements of folk, blues, classic country, western swing and a little gospel during his versatile SOUNDSTAGE set. Displaying a close connection with the audience, Nelson and his eight-piece band gather round the stage to highlight songs from Nelson’s first-ever bluegrass album, produced in collaboration with T-Bone Burnett. Tipping his hat to the genre, Nelson puts his stamp on standards like Bob Wills’ “Trouble in Mind,” Al Dexter’s “Pistol Packin’ Mamma” and the Joe “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes classic “Satisfied Mind.”
* Discover other programs honoring and celebrating African-American History Month on WPBT2 this month.
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