Arizona PBS will launch a new digital music show “Playlist 48” on November 5 to spotlight local artists and bands of all genres with ties to Arizona, the 48th state.
The series will serve as a curated playlist of the Arizona music scene and the artists shaping it today. Viewers will be able to watch the show on azpbs.org, the Arizona PBS Facebook and Instagram accounts, and the PBS Video app.
The idea for the “Playlist 48” project was developed based on market analysis data which revealed that Arizona PBS viewers wanted more music content.
“When you think of Arizona music, what comes to mind?” said Ebonye Delaney, director of digital content and production at Arizona PBS. “We want to bring that to the surface. We want to be that microphone that amplifies emerging artists. Let’s be that place where people can come and gather and just listen to a variety of music and celebrate Arizona culture.
Early artists to be featured include rock band The Black Moods, violinist Julian Nguyen, alternative rock band The Heartless, saxophonist Jermaine Lockhart and indie artist Danielle Durack.
Durack was at the forefront of kicking off a period of renaissance in Phoenix music. The ASU alum felt honored to be cast by Arizona PBS for this series.
“It’s surreal to know that I’m going to be on a big platform like PBS,” Durack said. “It’s an honor to be involved and it’s cool that they thought of me.”
Durack, whose latest album “No Place” was funded by her second job at a pizzeria, said she appreciates Arizona PBS’ efforts in this project and how it shines a light on Arizona’s music scene in his outfit.
“Even as someone in the scene, I don’t know what’s going on in Peoria or Gilbert,” she said. “It’s a fun way to discover new talents in my garden.”
Each episode will feature a band or artist performing two original songs, with an interview segment in the middle. The interview portion of “Playlist 48” will allow artists to talk about their music and their lives, including other works and interests.
“Sometimes we kind of have a tunnel vision of what a musician is,” Delaney said. “A musician can be the co-worker in the booth next to you, then when they leave work, they go out and produce music in hopes of sharing their passion with the world. We want to bring those stories to life.
On November 5, the same day, the premiere of “Playlist 48” with an episode featuring Durack, she will perform at the “48 LIVE” music festival at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The festival features an array of musical, theatrical, dance and visual artists from the 48th state.
New episodes of “Playlist 48” will be released weekly on Fridays.