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Live From The Artists Den: Elvis Costello And The Sugarcanes

Airs Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

(l to r): Jerry Douglas, Mike Compton, Elvis Costello, Dennis Crouch, Jim Lau...

Credit: Adam Macchia

Above: (l to r): Jerry Douglas, Mike Compton, Elvis Costello, Dennis Crouch, Jim Lauderdale, and Jeff Taylor. The public television series "Live From The Artists Den," features a performance by Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes, recorded November 2, 2010 – the same day his latest album, "National Ransom," was released – at the New York Public Library, New York, NY.

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LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN showcases stellar musical performances in extraordinary settings. Each hour-long episode features an intimate, invitation-only concert by cutting-edge musicians. The artists often play a role in picking the venue for these memorable events, which frequently inspire new renditions of songs and special set lists.

This season, six freshly produced episodes feature Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes, Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Robert Plant, Squeeze, and a compilation episode featuring Daniel Merriweather, A Fine Frenzy and Lisa Hannigan.

Song List

“I Lost You”

“Blame It On Cain”

“Dr. Watson, I Presume”

“Poor Borrowed Dress”

“A Slow Drag With Josephine”

“Jimmie Standing In The Rain”

“The Spell That You Cast”

“That’s Not The Part Of Him You’re Leaving”

“National Ransom”

“Stations Of The Cross”

“Sulphur To Sugarcane”

“Leave My Kitten Alone”

Since Elvis Costello’s debut album, "My Aim Is True," was released in 1977, his musical eclecticism and fiercely literate lyrics have earned him recognition as one of the most innovative and influential songwriters since Bob Dylan.

While his songs have been recorded by music legends such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Chet Baker, he is best known for his own performances with The Attractions (with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003) and The Imposters.

On the evening of November 2, 2010, Elvis Costello gave a private concert for 500 lucky fans to celebrate the release of his new album, "National Ransom," that day. Within the ornate and awe-inspiring Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Costello – along with the Sugarcanes and Pete Thomas on drums – performed new songs from "National Ransom" as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career.

Video Excerpt: Live From The Artists Den: Elvis Costello And The Sugarcanes

Elvis Costello plays "Sulphur to Sugarcane" during his secret LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN concert in The New York Public Library's world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

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