The To the Moon and Back series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the motivations, influences and creative process of national and regional artists. Each half hour episode is aired in St. Joseph County cable channel 99 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99, and is archived here.
Our pilot episode showcases Joe Martyn Ricke, a native Texan poet, singer/songwriter, mystic, and self-described troublemaker. His songs feature poetry, play, and a big emotional charge. Here, he performs with the Miracle Machine consisting of John Bahler on guitar and mandolin, and Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman on fiddle, and chats during breakfast with Hannah Livengood at the Cafe Max in Culver, Indiana.
The duo Frances Luke Accord is what NPR's Mountain Stage calls "the definition of lean-in music". Their soulful branch of indie-folk, with sophisticated acoustic threads and rich harmonies, is here interwoven with reflections and memories brought out in a quiet talk in front of a fireplace.