On Second Thought For Friday, December 22, 2017

A show featuring OST’s best music segments of 2017. Hosted by Celeste Headlee:

We talk with singer and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the folk band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her new solo album, “Freedom Highway,” tells the stories of oppressed African-Americans. We caught up with her ahead of a performance at the Variety Playhouse in May.

Most clowns are cheerful, right? Well, one clown in Atlanta is awfully sad. Puddles the Clown is a persona created by Atlanta-based singer and bandleader Mike Geier. We asked Mike to contribute his picks to our Georgia Playlist.

One of the most successful and influential groups to come out of Georgia is the Indigo Girls. Since the group’s first release in 1985, the folk rock pair has had multiple platinum albums and won a Grammy. We revisit a conversation with band member Amy Ray, who performed earlier this year at the Variety Playhouse.

Atlanta cellist Nick Ogawa, better known as ‘Takenobu,’ is taking the cello beyond the orchestra. His latest album, “Reversal,” uses loops and percussive sounds to create thick soundscapes. We catch up with Takenobu ahead of a performance at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur on Sunday, January 12.

Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra has been going strong since 2004, having performed at big festivals like Shaky Knees, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. But the band reached new fame after scoring the 2016 cult film “Swiss Army Man,” with Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. The group just released their fifth studio album, “A Black Mile to the Surface.” We talk with the songwriting duo behind the group, Andy Hull and Robert McDowell.