Singer and Songwriter Tom Waits on this edition of Fresh Air
. Since the 1973 release of his first album, Closing Time
, Waits has won over fans with his original songwriting and distinctive, gravely vocal style. One reviewer calls Waits "the Ultimate hobo boho, a Jack-in-the-box cum storyteller." Musicians including Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and Rod Stewart have recorded covers of his songs. He has also acted in films, including Sylvester Stallone's Paradise Alley
, Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law
, and Robert Altman's Short Cuts
. Waits has two new CDs out this month: Alice
and Blood Money
, a pair of very different sounding albums, were written and produced by Tom Waits and his wife and long-time collaborator, Kathleen Brennan. (Broadcast Date: May 21, 2002)
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