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RJ Smith

RJ Smith appears in the following:

Lonnie Holley: Self-Made Man

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The sculptor and painter has been making music for decades, sending tapes to his friends, but only recently began releasing albums. "I'm not trying to copy nobody, not trying to outdo nobody with my music," he says.

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Race And Country Music Then And Now

Friday, August 23, 2013

A new book provides evidence of racial mixing in country music as far back as the 1930s, but today is the red Solo cup (to quote a Toby Keith lyric) half full or half empty?

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First Listen: Sly And The Family Stone, Highlights From 'Higher!'

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A new four-disc box set compiles live rarities and should-have-been hits along with the pop-out classics. The effect is a full picture of a fitful man desperate to rally the masses into a pop utopia, fearful (or is it knowing?) that he was really headed to the shadows. Hear 16 songs from Higher!

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This Creature That I Am: The Mysteries Of George Jones

Monday, April 29, 2013

The country singer began thrilled by the nightlife in the '50s, and was trapped in it by the '70s. Once a pariah in Nashville, he ended up a mascot who got respect.

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The Godfather of Soul, Revisited

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Biographer RJ Smith explores the complicated but fascinating life of James Brown in a new book called “The One.” He joins guest host Christian McBride and bassist Fred Thomas, who added oomph to Brown’s band, for a look back at the "Godfather of Soul."

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