Robin Hilton http://nwpr.org en Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America http://nwpr.org/post/okkervil-river-coming-age-small-town-america 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. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:39:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 33256 at http://nwpr.org Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver' http://nwpr.org/post/first-listen-music-you-tribute-john-denver <em>Audio for this feature is no longer available.</em><p>Ask die-hard <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15461169/john-denver">John Denver</a> fans why they love the late singer's music so much and they'll likely tell you the same thing: "He makes me cry." Denver, who wrote unabashedly sentimental songs about love, nature and an ever-homesick life on the road, had a rare gift for stirring something inside listeners. To many, his melodies and lyrics could come off as maudlin and conventional. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:56:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 25089 at http://nwpr.org First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver'