RJ Smith

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Lonnie Holley: Self-Made Man

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Somebody does something a little different — they briefly step off the curb — and plenty of folks are ready to dub them a "self-made man" or "self-made woman." But what Lonnie Holley does, and what he has made of himself, demands a whole new term. He truly is his ...


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

The story of Sylvester Stewart — we call him Sly Stone — is that of a great urban engineer who launched out of the Bay Area in 1967 with a series of bridge-making hits: fusing rock to rhythm and blues, bringing jazz and funk into the mainstream with a ...


This Creature That I Am: The Mysteries Of George Jones

Monday, April 29, 2013

"And I will be changed from this creature that I am." — Peace in the Valley

But first, let's talk about the famous lawn mower situation. He was living in Southeast Texas, married to second wife Shirley Corley. The man loved his liquor, and Shirley thought she was so smart ...


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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