First up, Stephanie Smittle and The Smittle Band brings "jazzy Americana," smooth vocals, pop sensibility and Baptist church styling as part of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row." The Smittle Band formed two years ago and produced its first CD, "Bright Street," in Oct. 2010. The Smittle Band features Stephanie Smittle on vocals; Wythe Walker on acoustic and electric guitars; Jim McGehee on keyboard; Ray Wittenberg on drums; John Davies, who spent a decade with The Cate Brothers and several years on the road with Michael Burkes, on bass.
Also airing tonight is PBS Arts from Cleveland "Women Who Rock." From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary vibrates with energy as it traces the indelible mark that amazing women musicians have made on America's soundtrack. "Women Who Rock" reveals new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, while exploring how those dynamics between sexes have changed with time. Cyndi Lauper hosts. Be sure to stay tuned after the program to hear what musician Shannon Boshears of the Shannon Boshears Band had to say about the importance of female voices in art.
"PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock" airs Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9