Fireside Chat

Devendra Banhart

60 minsFirst aired 16 Apr 2018
Moses Berkson

Still exploring all corners of folk and esoteric pop music, the groundbreaking singer-songwriter revisits his storied career.

An American singer and musician of Venezuelan heritage, Devendra Banhart’s sun-speckled style of folk garnered him a loyal following throughout the ’00s. Raised between Caracas and Los Angeles, he studied art in San Francisco — he came to prominence with his 2007 release, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, a charming collection of wispy soft-rock bohemian guitars, fantastical poetics and Latin folk flourishes. Over the years, Banhart has developed his lucid lyricism and collage-effect indie-folk compositions on albums for Michael Gira’s Young Gods label, XL Recordings and Nonesuch. On today’s show, the groundbreaking singer-songwriter revisits his storied career, touching on the ideas of spirituality and musical epiphanies along the way.


Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Written and engineered by Tobias Jansen
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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