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Host, Ann Delisi Essential Music

Ann has been an influential part of Detroit media for more than 20 years. From radio to television to voiceovers, Ann Delisi is a familiar voice to metro Detroiters. A Wayne State grad and former WDET staffer (1983-1995), Ann now hosts a show on WDET that is a fun, contemporary and thoroughly hand-picked approach to music that moves Detroit. Ann will guide us through the “essential music,” both new and familiar, that’s shaping our culture and feature music made in Detroit every hour. Ann’s show also brings you live performances, interviews and special features.

anndelisi@wdet.org   Follow @anndelisimusic

Recent Posts

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Broadcasting from Eastern Market, celebrating Stevie Wonder’s 65th birthday and Tribute to B. B. King

Song Artist Album
Strange Overtones David Byrne and Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing Stevie Wonder Innervisions
What's Going On Marvin Gaye What's Going On
You Haven't Done Nothing Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness' First Finale
Can't Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
The Party Line Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Electricity Seth Glier If I Could Change One Thing
Take Your Time Mackinac Mackinac
Song Artist Album
Uptight Stevie Wonder vs The Clash N/A
Good Love Jenny O. Automechanic
Time Jungle Jungle
I Wish Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Black Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi Rome
Don't Answer the Door B.B. King Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: B.B. King
Hard Swing Travelin' Man Brenda Boykin Chocolate & Chili
Big Decisions My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
The Other Way Round Gabin Feat. China Moses Mr. Freedom
Until You Come Back To Me Aretha Franklin 30 Greatest Hits
Head Over Heals JD McPherson Let the Good Times Roll
Song Artist Album
Higher Ground Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Surrender Michael Ellison feat. Jessica Hernandez Flytanium
Electric Feel MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Ground on Down Ben Harper Fight For Your Mind
I've Got a Woman Ray Charles The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years
Heart Of Steal Galactic feat. Irma Thomas Ya-Ka-May
Superstition Stevie Wonder Talking Book
Super Duper Love Joss Stone The Soul Sessions
Paddling Out Miike Snow Happy To You
Shake & Tremble Django Django Born Under Saturn
The Thrill is Gone B.B. King The Complete Collection

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 10, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Celebrating Mother’s Day with Lenny Kravitz, Jimi Hendrix, Maya Angelou and others talking about their Moms

Song Artist Album
Love Song for My Mom Moby Animal Rights
Mother and Child Reunion Paul Simon Paul Simon
This Woman's Work Kate Bush The Sensual World
White Ladder David Gray White Ladder
Island Ben Taylor Famous Among the Barns
Tell Yer Mama Norah Jones The Fall
Cello Song The Books Feat. Jose Gonzalez Dark Was the Night
Easy Leah Lavigne Peripeteia
Thank You for Hearing Me Sinead O'Connor Universal Mother
Beatnik Waiting Richard Thompson Still
Directions Ane Brun N/A
O Mother Son Little N/A
Rock & Roll is Cold Matthew E. White Fresh Blood
Song Artist Album
Julia The Beatles The White Album
Mother John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Tell Mama Etta James The Essential Etta James
What I Thought Chris Emmerson Chris Emmerson
Castles Made of Sand Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let the Good Times Roll
Depreston Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Forget Her Jeff Buckley Grace Legacy
Should Have Known Better Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
Take Your Time mackinac mackinac
Lisa Sawyer Leon Bridges N/A
Song Artist Album
Thinking of You Lenny Kravitz 5
Gotta Serve Someboy Pops Staples Don't Lose This
The Driving Song Donny Brown Hess Street EP
Thank You Mom Good Charlotte Good Charlotte
Teeth White The Staves If I Was
Riptide Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away
Life Spins Michael Bermudez Love & Let Downs
Move By Yourself Donavon Frankenreiter Move By Yourself
Moving to Brussels Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason
Burn Card The Barr Brothers Alta Falls

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, May 09, 2015

May 9, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

The Beatles album “Let It Be” is 45 years old and Ann talks with Chef James Rigato

Song Artist Album
I Will Follow U2 Boy
Downtown Whitehorse Leave No Bridge Unburned
Shake & Tremble Django Django Born Under Saturn
I Am Superman R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant
Wicked Rain Los Lobos Kiko
Dream in Blue Los Lobos Kiko
Two of Us The Beatles Let It Be
Dig a Pony The Beatles Let It Be
Across the Universe The Beatles Let It Be
I Me Mine The Beatles Let It Be
Windows Are Rolled Down Amos Lee N/A
Drivin' Around Amy Gore & Her Valentines In Love
Be Thankful for What You've Got Massive Attack Blue Lines
Shine On Blitzen Trapper VII
Song Artist Album
Designer Drug Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go?
Balanca Bossacucanova Our Kind of Bossa
No You Girls Franz Ferdinand Tonight
Can't Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be
I've Got a Feeling The Beatles Let It Be
One After 909 The Beatles Let It Be
The Long and Winding Road The Beatles Let It Be
Song Artist Album
Naked Eye Luscious Jackson Fever In Fever Out
Hard Time Seinabo Sey For Madelaine EP
The Numbers Game The Thievery Corporation featuring Chuck Brown Radio Retaliation
Finally Moving Pretty Lights Taking Up Your Precious Time
Tough Kid Honeycut The Day I Turned to Glass
Beep The Infatuations N/A
Shake It Out Florence + The Machine Ceremonials
Never Enough Trixie Whitley Fourth Corner
Wrecking Ball Mandolin Orange Live in the WDET Studios
Spring to Come John Butler Trio Flesh & Blood
Come People Xavier Rudd Nanna

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2, 2015

Celebrating Detroit Music Legend, Bob Seger’s 70th Birthday

Song Artist Album
Funky Drummer James Brown Star Time
Think James Brown 20 All Time Greatest Hits
Mother Popcorn James Brown 20 All Time Greatest Hits
I Feel Better Than James Brown Was (Not Was) Are You Okay?
James Brown Sinead O'Connor I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
There Goes My Baby The Drifters The Very Best of The Drifters
Oh Lord Stand By Me Dr. Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Warriors Rise & Sing Forever
Stand By Me Ben E. King The Very Best of Ben E. King
Lie to Me Jonny Lang Lie to Me
Can U Be My Dreams The Prime Ministers Youngstown Milk Run
Black is the Color Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow is My Turn
Time Jungle Jungle
Song Artist Album
TGIF Doug Brown and the Omens Friday at the Hideout
East Side Story Bob Seger N/A
Heavy Music Bob Seger & The Last Heard Lost Pop & Doo Wop 45's
2+2=? The Bob Seger System Bob Seger
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man Bob Seger System Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Lucifer Bob Seger System Mongrel
If I Were a Carpenter Smokin' Op's Smokin' Op's
Rosalie Bob Seger Back in '72
Get Out of Denver Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Seven
Hit That Jive, Jack! Diana Krall All for You
California Soul Marlena Shaw The Spice of Life
Song Artist Album
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let the Good Times Roll
Beautiful Loser Bob Seger Essential Seger
Nutbush City Limits Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live Bullet
Night Moves Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Night Moves
Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan The Essential Bob Dylan
Heavy Music Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live Bullet
Turn the Page Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live Bullet

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, April 26, 2015

April 26, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Detroit poet Cal Freeman talks about his new book and performs in the WDET studios.

Song Artist Album
The Fall Rhye Woman
King and Cross Asgeir In the Silence
True Affection Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Until Now Holly Miranda Holly Miranda
Abandoned Luncheonette Hall & Oates Abandoned Luncheonette
Love Can Be Bad Luck Was (Not Was) What Up, Dog?
Cruel to be Kind Nick Lowe Labour of Lust
Breaking Us in Two Joe Jackson Night and Day
Midnight At the Oasis Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur
That Train Don't Stop Here Los Lobos Kiko
Drivin' Around Amy Gore & Her Valentines In Love
Nobody Kate Earl Kate Earl
No Sudden Moves Spouse Confidence
Unbearable Why Dr. Dog Shame Shame
City Swan Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight The More I Love You
Song Artist Album
This Space Woolfy vs. Projections The Astral Projections of Starlight
Your Life Your Call Junip Junip
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man (The Artist's Cut)
Walking in the Rain Grace Jones Nightclubbing
Danger Buds Chris Joss Sticks
The Ills Mayer Hawthorne A Strange Arrangement
The Great Escape Liz Larin Hurricane
Hands Macy Gray The Way
That Other Girl The Hard Lessons Gasoline
Fool for Love Lord Huron Strange Trails
Amor Fati Washed Out Within and Without
Sheila's Song John Freeman Live in the WDET Studios
Song Artist Album
Bang Band to the Rock 'n' Roll Gabin Mr. Freedom
Moving to Brussels Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason
I'm Not Lucky Corktown Popes And Also With You
Wish I Had Answered Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune EP
Lisa Sawyer Leon Bridges Lisa Sawyer
Mi Confesion Gotan Project Lunatico
Congo Bear Mountain XO
Lauralee Seth Glier The Next Right Thing
Neon Motel Room The Whiskey Charmers The Whiskey Charmers
Skinny Blues Jeremy Loops Skinny Blues
Sunshine Little Dragon Sunshine
Detroit '67 Sam Roberts Love At the End of the World
No Time for Love Spottiswoode & His Enemies English Dream
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
Should Have Known Better Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, April 19th, 2015

April 19, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Words and music from Herbie Hancock in celebration of his 75th birthday.

Song Artist Album
Heart is a Drum Beck Morning Phase
In Time The Black Keys Turn Blue
I'll Be Around Carolyn Striho Secrets in Space
HIgh Horses The Swell Season Strict Joy
Directions Ane Brun N/A
Mood Miles Davis E.S.P.
So Beautiful or So What Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
Soubour Songhoy Blues Music in Exile
Riptide Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away
Taller Children Elizabeth & The Catapult Taller Children
He Don't Live Here No More Robbie Robertson How to be Clairvoyant
Song Artist Album
Let's Go to Bed The Cure Japanese Whispers
Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island
Red Umbrella Kostars Klassics with a K
On a Cloud Platinum Pied Pipers Abundance
Running Scared Roy Orbison A Black and White Night
Leaf Off/ The Cave Jose Gonzalez Vestiges and Claws
Portland, Oregon Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose
I'm a Honky Tonk Girl Loretta Lynn The Loretta Lynn Collection
Watermelon Man Head Hunters Watermelon Man
Song Artist Album
It's Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Joe Jackson/Iggy Pop The Duke
Down on the Street The Stooges Funhouse
Depreston Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
River Herbie Hancock (Feat. Corinne Bailey Rae) River: The Joni Letters
My My Liz Phair Funstyle
Say You ATO Exile in Guyville
Where Eagles Dare Pional Last House on the Left
Cities in Dust Siouxsie and the Banshees Tinderbox
The Ghost Inside Broken Bells Broken Bells
Linda Cancao Barrio Jazz Gang Brazilian Groove
Rockit Herbie Hancock Future Shock

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, April 12th, 2015

April 12, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann Delisi’s Spring Fundraising Show

Song Artist Album
Hand on Your Heart Jose Gonzalez Stay in the Shade
Lisa Sawyer Leon Bridges N/A
Strange Conversation Ted Hawkins The Next Hundred Years
Don't Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes Sound and Color
Luck Be a Lady Frank Sinatra & Chrissie Hynde Duets
Chicken Switch James Hunter Six Minute By Minute
What I Thought Chris Emmerson Chris Emmerson
Spring to Come John Butler Trio Flesh & Blood
Money Can't Buy It Annie Lennox Diva
Song Artist Album
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics Sweet Dreams
Achin' to Be The Replacements Don't Tell a Friend
Downtown Whitehorse Leave No Bridget Unburned
Feeling Alright Joe Cocker With a Little Help From My Friends
Sunshine Little Dragon N/A
Don't Shake My Tree The Hard Lessons Complete B&G
Clampdown The Clash The Story of the Clash, Vol. 1
Sunday Papers Joe Jackson Look Sharp!
The Party Line Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Went to Dance
Sense Of You ('Til I Met Thee) Cody ChesnuTT Landing on a Hundred: B Sides And Remixes
Golden Jill Scott Beautifully Human
Should Have Known Better Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
Song Artist Album
I'm Not Leaving The Crystal Method/Martha Reeves/The Funk Brothers RE: GENERATION music project
Revolution Dr. John Locked Down
That's All Right Elvis Presley Elvis At Sun
A Mess of Blues Elvis Presley Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight
Trouble Town Jake Bugg Jake Bugg
Rumble and Sway Jamie N Commons Rumble and Sway EP
Dance Me to the End of Love Leonard Cohen Various Positions
365 Days ZZ Ward 365 Days EP
Skinny Blues Jeremy Loops Skinny Blues
Steady As She Goes The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had Steve Earle & The Dukes Terraplane
Stone Rollin' Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin'
It is Too Late? World Party Goodbye Jumbo

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, April 5th, 2015

April 5, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann talks with former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer about his “Jail Guitar Doors” initiative.

Song Artist Album
All Cried Out Fink Biscuits for Breakfast
The Bells Laura Nyro & Labelle Gonna Take a Miracle
Stoned Soul Picnic Laura Nyro Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
Complete Heavenly Beat Prominence
How to See the Sun Rise Ben Sollee Learning to Bend
Gotta Serve Somebody Pops Staples Don't Lose This
Wish I Had Answered Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune
Respect Yourself The Staple Singers The Best of the Staple Singers
It Takes A Lot to Know A Man Damien Rice My Favorite Faded Fantasy
Morning Glory El Dee Endearment
Moving to Brussels Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason
Bright Stars Burning Hey Marseilles Lines We Trace
Blue Moon Capitol Morning Phase
Rant and Rave Joe Jackson Blaze of Glory

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, April 4th, 2015

April 4, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Artists whose work is being added to the Library of Congress.

Song Artist Album
Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela Still Grazing
You Are Undeniable Mos Def & Marvin Gaye You Are Undeniable
What's Going On Marvin Gaye What's Going On
Yesterday Marvin Gaye The Master
Moneygrabber Fitz & the Tantrums Pickin' Up the Pieces
Downtown Whitehorse Leave No Bridge Unburned
Doo Wop (That Thing) Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Rock & Roll is Cold Matthew E White Fresh Blood
Lisztomania Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman & Eric Clapton A Very Special Christmas
Busy Earnin' Jungle Jungle
The Blackest Lily Corinne Bailey Rae The Sea
Feelin' Love Paula Cole This Fire
Song Artist Album
I Want to Take You Higher Sly & The Family Stone Stand!
Everyday People Sly & The Family Stone Stand!
Kissin on the Blacktop Daughn Gibson Me Moan
Too Many Angels Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1
She's Not There Neko Case & Nick Cave True Blood Soundtrack
Starfish and Coffee Prince Sign 'O' The Times
Car on a Hill Joni Mitchell Court and Spark
Caught Up Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas Demons
Never Let You Down The Verve Pipe Underneath
Complementary Love The Verve Pipe A Family Album
Soul Kitchen The Doors The Doors
Believe Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015

Leon Russell’s Top 5 Essential Songs, Info on Nick Cave’s new book, New music from Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett

Song Artist Album
A Song for You Leon Russell Appetizer
Moon Be Thine Jill Jack Moon Be Thine
Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap Conditions
Float Pacific Air Stop Talking
Leave on the Trees Dede Alderman Rebirth
Back to You Bennett Bennett
Betray My Heart D'Angelo Black Messiah
Who Will Comfort Me Melody Gardot My One and Only Thrill
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man (The Artist's Cut)
O Mother Son Little O Mother
Should Have Known Better Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
To the Max BigBang Edendale
I Must Have Somone Else's Blues Great Lake Swimmers A Forest of Arms
99.9F Suzanne Vega 99.9F
Song Artist Album
Tightrope Leon Russell Carney
Heart of the City Nick Lowe Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe
Big Decisions My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
I'm Ready Twin Shadow Eclipse
Take Your Time mackinac mackinac
What I Thought Chris Emmerson Chris Emmerson
Depreston Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Call Me St. Paul & The Broken Bones Half the City
Broken Mirrors Mike Ellison FLYTANIUM
You Should Be Doubly Gratified Mike Doughty Sad Man Happy Man
Sleep to Dream Fiona Apple Tidal
Delta Lady Joe Cocker Joe Cocker!
Watching the River Flow Bob Dylan Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
Don't Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes Sound & Color
True Affection Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Song Artist Album
Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
My Baby Left Me Elvis Presley Elvis #1 Singles
Summertime Sam Cooke The Best of Sam Cooke
Gentle On My Mind Glen Campbell 20 Greatest Hits
I'm Looking Through You The Beatles Rubber Soul
Lime Tree Arbour Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Boatman's Call
Huarache Lights Hot Chip Why Make Sense?
Cannonball The Breeders Last Splash
Tip of My Tongue Kate Monaghan Fade
Stranger to My Happiness Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Give the People What They Want
Orange Blossoms JJ Grey & Mofro Orange Blossoms
Empty Nestors Toro Y Moi What For?
Directions Ane Brun N/A
Should Be Me Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms Heart String Soul
Tears of a Clown The English Beat I Just Can't Stop It!
A Song for You Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway