Chances With Wolves

is not easy in any field. Though they do the show for everyone near and far who listens, they also do it for each other. Kenan says, “We’ve developed this aesthetic that feels right to us, and that’s due in large part to the sort of vision for the show that Kray had from the beginning. He really inspired me to work harder and dig a little deeper to find things that would work for the show, and pretty quickly I think that dynamic between us became reciprocal.” They arrive on set every week ready to impress each other. For two lifelong friends, both of whom are musicians, writers, and performers, I don’t imagine this is an easy mark to meet on the weekly.

But by now there is a rhythm. They are on the same wavelength and don’t need to discuss a show before it goes down, unless it’s “to name a theme,” says Kray. “But even then, we don’t work on the show together. We just show up and silently share…and hit wolf howls all over everything.”

If you are what you love, then everyone is Chances with Wolves. Says a friend, Kate Bryant, “Everybody has a blog, everybody is a curator. But the special ones stand out…the ones who take the act of curating and transmogrify it into craft, making a whole new entity and a new experience made up of all the little experiences they have lovingly sorted and served up fresh.” For you, from them. Simple.

Young Man’s Blues – Mose Allison

You are seeking inspiration in your studio, making noodles in a 6th story walk-up, driving across Kansas: Chances is always the answer. That the music they choose spans decades, genres, and languages is part of its universality (One song, three different

languages. Bob Dylan, 10 different takes). That there is an element of discovery, too, is part and parcel of its appeal: it’s like a genealogy class of songs, taught by music’s brightest students. It is entirely and always full of wonder, because that is exactly how the duo feels when digging around for their own truths and meaning in the songs. There must be some magic inherent in its longevity, no? After five years on the radio, eons after playing their favorite records, how do they keep turning out the beauty?

“I always think that the strength of the show is that it is authentic, sincere,” says Kenan. “Maybe people respond to that…or that [people] know they aren’t going to hear anything twice.” While some who dig for records might be interested in the exclusivity of their discoveries, Chances is coming from a different place entirely, one based on sharing, on the freedom of information, and on the magnificence that is, in fact, modern times. Kray is adamant about this theme, about this belief that art can and “should be made by everybody, and that the lack of money or professionalism or even ‘talent’ doesn’t revoke the human right that everyone has to make something and show it to [his or her] friends.” In this case, the accessibility of their show across the globe has been nothing but encouraging. Fans listen in from all over, dropping comments on the Chances Facebook page shouting out cities where the duo is wanted. “Next time Paris!” “SF next!” They are, it seems, border free and sans genre, and welcome everywhere because of it.

For the Dollar Bill (break) – Tommy Tate

They say they never wanted to do a radio show, but were offered the opportunity to make a demo show, so they decided instead to “just make it the best radio show ever.” As they see it, it turned out to be a “really great mixtape.” The signature wolf sounds were