Introducing Slingshot: A New Emerging Artist Project Brought To You By Public Radio & TV Stations

We’ve got some exciting news.

NPR Music and VuHaus-affiliated public radio and TV stations (that’s us!) have come together to find and launch the careers of promising new talent.

We’ve selected the most promising up-and-coming talent from all around the country, and through a new series called Slingshot, NPR and the stations, we’ll be helping to accelerate their careers by introducing the artists and their stories to audiences around the country.

What does this mean?

The chosen artists will visit stations and NPR headquarters to participate in your favorite station events, like NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concerts, World Cafe and Mountain Stage Free at Noon at WXPN in Philadelphia, KCRW’s Mornings Become Eclectic in Los Angeles, Studio 1A in Austin and WGBH’s Front Row Boston video series (wink, wink). All of this will be captured and highlighted on the Slingshot landing page on NPR.org/slingshot.

Who are the artists?

We’ll be Slingshotting three new artists, including Lo Moon, Jamilla Woods, and the Brooklyn-based Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia — also known as Big Thief — who are currently on tour with their 2nd Saddle Creek release, Capacity, an album filled with carnivorous stories, and pangs of sadness and joy. (Adrianne) Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open, and then recounts the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it all to happen again.

“Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the flesh and soul,” says NPR Music’s Bob Boilen. “These are timeless songs, memorable and momentous.”

We were lucky enough to meet up with them early on their tour, and record their show at the Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on September 13th. Check out our photo gallery from the show below to get a sneak peak. We’ll let you know when the video is ready, and when we’re hooking up with the other Slingshot artists. Until then, you can follow along on social media using #NPRSlingshot, and be sure to visit NPR.org/slingshot for more information.