Current State # 245 | January 31, 2014

Jan 31, 2014

Today on Current State: Response to Lansing mayor's State of the City address; singer Ysaye Barnwell; the new Farm Bill; live music with Lansing musician Drew Howard.   

WKAR/Kevin Lavery

In his ninth annual State of the City address last night, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the capital city is unquestionably moving forward, but that the city needs to maintain momentum.    

Courtesy of Ysaye Barnwell

Friday is the first night of the The Ten Pound Fiddle’s Mid-Winter Singing Festival. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will lead the first “group sing” at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. She is a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, as well as a composer, educator, and public health expert. Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Dr. Barnwell about her multi-faceted career and her song choices for the festival.  

Flickr/Clementine Gallot

It was two years overdue but the 2013 Farm Bill is making a steady course toward President Obama’s desk. The House passed the bill on Wednesday.  It now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to take action as early as today.  

Courtesy of Drew Howard

Drew Howard is a veteran fixture of Lansing's and Michigan's music scene, as both a studio musician and performer.  He discusses his long musical career and  plays guitar and dobro throughout the show as part of our Friday Music Series on Current State.