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Nellie McKay: Quiet Anarchist

Justin Steyer

OK, maybe "anarchist" is too harsh a word to apply to singer/songwriter/pianist/ukulele player, Nellie McKay, but as you will hear in this interview, Nellie is a woman of strong beliefs, which she presents pleasantly, politely and often with great wit.  But in her conversation and in her songs, her opinions and social observations are definitely on display.

In this studio session hosted by Abe Beeson, Nellie performs two of her compositions, Long And Lazy and Toto Dies, accompanying herself on piano. 

She then switches to ukulele for great renditions of The Beatles’ I’m So Tired and the jazz standard, If I Had You.

As session engineer, John Kessler said of Nellie, “Just when you expect her to do one thing, she does something else.”  Something else.  That’s Nellie McKay.

You can also find our Studio Sessions available as a video podcast in iTunes.

Justin joined KNKX in 2009 as the station's first Multimedia Manager. In this role, Justin helped to produce multimedia content, and implement systems and procedures in efforts to transform KNKX from a traditional broadcast station into a multi-platform media organization.
Abe grew up in Western Washington, a third generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.