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NPR’s Bob Boilen, John Paul White, My Bubba, Adam Torres to visit OHIO for interview, free music showcase April 14

Feb 13, 2017

NPR’s Bob Boilen, John Paul White, My Bubba, Adam Torres to visit OHIO for interview, free music showcase April 14

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 13, 2017)—The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, in partnership with the School of Media Arts & Studies, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, WOUB Public Media, and Arts for OHIO, will welcome NPR Music’s Bob Boilen to OHIO on Friday, April 14.

Boilen, host of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and the creator and host of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts,” will take part in a live on-campus interview event in the morning and then will host a music showcase in the evening at Stuart’s Opera House. Boilen will be joined by a collection of acclaimed artists, including John Paul White, Adam Torres, and My Bubba.

“Bob is a preeminent voice in the music industry today,” said Josh Antonuccio, a lecturer in the School of Media Arts & Studies. “With the massive popularity of his ‘Tiny Desk Concerts’ at NPR and his role as host of ‘All Songs Considered,’ Bob is one of the nation’s most well-known curators of music. We are thrilled to welcome him to share his insight and passion for music, along with so many talented artists.”

Antonuccio will interview Boilen at Glidden Music Hall on Friday, April 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event will be live-streamed at The two will be joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, as well as the critically-acclaimed Scandinavian duo My Bubba.

The event is part of the Scripps Visiting Artist Series and is free and open to the public. Online viewers will be able to ask questions of guests via Twitter by tweeting their question with the hashtag #askoumdia.

That evening, Boilen will present a music showcase at the historic Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature sets by John Paul White, My Bubba, and OHIO alumnus Adam Torres, who recently signed to Fat Possum records and released the critically-acclaimed album “Pearls to Swine.” Boilen will welcome audience members before the show to sign copies of his recent book “Your Song Changed My Life.” The book signing will start at 7 p.m.

Boilen’s music showcase will be free to the public, with general admission tickets being administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limited advance tickets will first be made available through on Monday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Additional tickets will later be released to OHIO students and audience members at the campus interview event on Friday, April 14. Bus service from the Ohio University campus to Stuart’s Opera House will be made available for OHIO students.

About our speakers/performers:
Bob Boilen is the creator and host of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk Concert” series, which hosts well-known and emerging artists for intimate performances filmed at his desk. He was also the director of NPR’s “All Things Considered” (1989-2007). Constantly on the lookout for new music, Boilen sees more than 500 live artists each year.

John Paul White, a native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., spent a number of years working as a professional songwriter before finding major success as one half of Americana duo the Civil Wars. That critically and commercially successful partnership would ultimately earn four Grammy Awards and a devoted international fan base. Since disbanding, White has offered a handful of solo tracks, contributing a song to the 2015 season of HBO’s “True Detective” series and collaborating in a duet with Emmylou Harris on the song "Kyrie." Along with Alabama Shakes member Ben Tanner, he launched his own label, Single Lock Records, and became active producing records for others. His second solo effort, “Beulah,” was released in August 2016.

Singer-songwriter Adam Torres, a native of Austin, Texas, released his debut album “Nostra Nova” while a student at Ohio University. In 2015, “Nostra Nova” saw a vinyl reissue. Called a "cult classic" by The A.V. Club, the album finally achieved its due, earning additional praise from Stereogum, VICE, Popmatters, All Music Guide, and Flavorwire. Torres was recently signed to Fat Possum records and released the widely-heralded album “Pearls to Swine” and toured extensively.

Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba make soft, soulful music which has earned them accolades across musical boundaries. Together, “My Larsdotter” and “Bubba Tomasdottir” have toured with Damien Rice, co-written music with Matthew E. White, and recorded with Noah Georgeson. My Bubba’s 2016 album, “Big Bad Good,” was recorded with Shahzad Ismaily (Will Oldham, Jolie Holland) and the duo has received praise from NPR and The New York Times, as well as being named one of the top five acts to breakout from last year’s Americana Fest.