Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered. He joined NPR after co-founding Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA. Before that, he lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students. From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a Senior Producer and Assistant News Director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

He's also worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

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6:03am

Sat April 12, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Tom Brosseau: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 9:18 pm

Tom Brosseau performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Tom Brosseau possesses one of the most arresting voices in folk music today. Many people who hear him sing, without knowing his name or face, assume the voice belongs to a woman, as he hovers somewhere around the countertenor range, with an unusually pure tone.

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12:03pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 1:12 pm

Brass Bed performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Jim Tuttle/NPR NPR

It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up Brass Bed. Their tour, for the band's debut album The Secret Will Keep You, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. at the same time they were to play the Tiny Desk, it felt like yet another bad omen.

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9:33am

Tue January 7, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Lily & Madeleine: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:11 am

Lily & Madeleine, at a Tiny Desk concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz aren't the youngest musicians ever to play the Tiny Desk, but they come pretty close. Their music — a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies — certainly ranks among the loveliest we've heard.

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1:39am

Wed August 28, 2013
All Songs Considered

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:15 pm

Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.
William Schaff

I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. The people, the places, the sounds and even the smells become a part of your DNA.

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3:42am

Sat August 10, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Jim Guthrie: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:17 pm

Musician Jim Guthrie performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 31, 2013.
NPR

We've had bands from all over the world visit the Tiny Desk. Most recently, we published a set by Keaton Henson, who was in from London. Back in May, we had singer M.R. Shajarian from Iran.

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