WTTS In Conversation – Allison Russell

WTTS In Conversation’ is a bi-weekly podcast delivering decades of WTTS interviews with emerging and legendary artists.
For Episode #82, Crystal McKenzie spoke with recent Grammy winner Allison Russell just before her Farm Aid performance last year. They talked Farm Aid, working with and befriending Brandi Carlile, as well as performing with Norah Jones and Willie Nelson. They also cover some hard topics about her upbringing that led to her activism.

Allison Russell performs with Hozier at Ruoff Music Center on May 28th

Find “WTTS In Conversation” here.

World Class Rock Recipes – Sheryl Crow’s Zucchini Muffins

Hear Sheryl Crow on the WTTS In Conversation podcast!

This recipe is from her 2011 cookbook If it Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons

Zucchini Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

2 large eggs, preferably omega-3 eggs, beaten
1⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups grated fresh zucchini
2⁄3 cup canola oil, preferably expeller-pressed, plus more for greasing the muffin tins
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup golden raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini, canola oil, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the zucchini mix and stir well. Finally, stir in the pecans and raisins.

4. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with canola oil. Spoon the batter into the cups to fill them about 3/4 of the way. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick or small knife inserted in a muffin comes out clean. (Alternatively, spoon the batter into a 8 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the top of the loaf cracks and a toothpick or small knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.)

5. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes. Then run a small paring knife around each muffin and remove them from the muffin tin.


Dave Lindquist has written about music in Indianapolis for more than two decades. Now, Dave has his own show on WTTS. Join us Monday nights at 7 for The BEAT with Dave Lindquist. Hear your next music discovery from the local and independent scene and fresh music from familiar artists.

Monday night, Dave presents new music from Maggie Rogers, Rufus Wainwright and Friedberg plus Indiana artists Amy O and Wife Patrol.

Songs played on the March 25 episode:

Friedberg, “Hello”
Odetta Hartman, “Goldilocks”
Bartees Strange, “You Always Hurt the Ones You Love”
Cuffed Up, “Mock Dance”
Maggie Rogers, “So Sick of Dreaming”
Julia Wolf, “In My Room”
Wife Patrol, “Equinox”
Rufus Wainwright, “Perfect Day”
Bodega, “Cultural Consumer III”
Valerie June, “Big Dream”
Amy O, “Dribble Dribble”
Somebody’s Child, “Oh Emily”
The Staves, “You Held it All”