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Led Zeppelin's Songwriting Credits; Anna Sale Talks To Jason Isbell And Amanda Shires; Get A Ride To Sasquatch!

Friday, May 23, 2014

In this episode: The band Led Zeppelin is no stranger to legal problems stemming from unacknowledged songwriting credits. The latest in a string of lawsuits is over the opening strains of their magnum opus, "Stairway To Heaven." Soundcheck talks to Bloomberg News reporter Vernon Silver about allegations that the melody was stolen.

Then: Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s Death, Sex and Money shares highlights from her recent conversation with married musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Hear about how the couple faced a big recent life change -- and some of the duo’s recent performance on Soundcheck.

And: This weekend the Sasquatch music festival kicks off in Washington state. And as fans start making the trek to the Gorge, Soundcheck is helping out those who maybe need a ride, or a travel companion to help chip in 20 bucks for gas. Hear some of our favorite Sasquatch ride-share posts from Craigslist.

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Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jason Isbell was a restless guitarist. Amanda Shires was a fiddler who turned his life around. A year into marriage, they're discovering sobriety and success come with new challenges.

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Preview: Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this preview of next week's episode, musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires get real about what it takes to hold their marriage together on the road. 

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How To Get Your Mind Around Pussy Riot; Jason Isbell Plays Live; David Fricke On Guitar Hero Mike Bloomfield

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck continues with a look at the political Russian performance art collective Pussy Riot: While the members of Pussy Riot were serving their sentence in a labor camp, journalist Masha Gessen painstakingly researched the social and political conditions that led a group of otherwise “ordinary” young women to stage a protest that galvanized Russian society. Gessen talks about Pussy Riot and the book Words Will Break Cement.

Then, Jason Isbell -- a former member of Drive-By Truckers -- landed on many best of 2013 lists with Southeastern, an album filled with emotion, regret and one super-bad night in a Super 8. Isbell has since gotten sober -- and married the singer and fiddler Amanda Shires. The duo perform in the studio.

And: Mike Bloomfield is rock's greatest forgotten guitar hero, says Rolling Stone's senior editor David Fricke. Fricke reflects on Bloomfield's lasting legacy, as documented in a new box set.

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Jason Isbell Confronts His Past Struggles On 'Southeastern'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Southeastern was one of the best received Americana records of 2013, landing on many a "best of" list. Hear the former member of Drive-By Truckers and his wife Amanda Shires play songs from that album live.

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In Studio: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jason Isbell named his band, The 400 Unit, after an Alabama hospital's psychiatric ward. The former Drive-By Trucker's newest album with the band, "Here We Rest," has yet another Alabama connection -- the title was the state's first motto. The band joins us in studio to play tracks and talk about the state they call home. 

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