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The Staves: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Gathered in their kitchen are sisters, Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor; best known as The Staves. "We haven't got a tiny desk; we've got our kitchen table." But where The Staves gathered, along with guitarist and tenor horn player Marcus Hamblett, is deeply embedded in their family history. "We're coming to you from Watford, England, in the house we grew up in and the table where we wrote most of our songs around. And we would road test every song in this kitchen, so we thought we'd play some songs for you from here."

The four songs in this home concert all come from Good Woman, their first album in six years. It was produced with John Congleton (who's previously worked with an ocean of artists, from St. Vincent to Nelly Furtado) and written after the passing of their mom and the birth of Emily's first child. This stripped-down performance is a beautiful way to experience these sisters' gorgeous harmonies through their songs of strength, loss, life and womanhood.


  • "Nothing's Gonna Happen"
  • "Good Woman"
  • "Satisfied"
  • "Waiting on Me to Change"

  • Jessica Staveley-Taylor: vocal, guitar, keys
  • Camilla Staveley-Taylor: vocal, guitar
  • Emily Staveley-Taylor: vocal
  • Marcus Hamblett: guitar, tenor horn

  • Video: SJ Film
  • Audio: Iain Graham
  • Audio Mix: Josh Rogosin

  • Producer: Bob Boilen
  • Video Producer: Kara Frame
  • Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Maia Stern, Gabrielle Pierre
  • Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
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    In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.