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The Takeaway

Cracking the Code to the Iconic Song "American Pie"

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

What really happened "the day the music died"? The lyrics to “American Pie” were sold on Tuesday for over $1 million—and those lyrics could unlock the code to the song’s true meaning.

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Hear music made by banjos, dulcimers, and other traditional Americana instruments, from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, & more.

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Soundcheck

Who Will (And Should) Win At This Year’s Grammy Awards?

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the 57th Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, Feb. 8, Soundcheck's John Schaefer scans the nominees to predict who will win big in this year's biggest categories.
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The Takeaway

Break The Winter Chill by Celebrating a Summer Icon: The Frisbee

Friday, January 23, 2015

We're in the dead of winter. To break the chill, we're celebrating an American summer icon, the Frisbee, which first went on sale 58 years ago this week.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Steve Earle

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Troubador in residence with a series of all-request shows at City Winery. Download the exclusive live track "Valentine's Day."

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Soundcheck

The Everly Brothers' Lasting Influence

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Craig Havighurst of the Nashville radio show "Music City Roots" shares five artists influenced by The Everly Brothers. Phil Everly died Jan. 3 at age 74. 

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Soundcheck

Great Songs About The Great Flood

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Filmmaker Bill Morrison's latest effort looks at the Great Flood of 1927, which changed American history and American music through the great migration of African-Americans northward. Morrison shares songs new and old inspired by the flood.

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Monday, January 06, 2014

Hear banjos, dulcimers, and other instruments used in traditional Americana music, New Sounds-style on this show.  There’s music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John.  Plus, from the back wall of the New Sounds library, listen to the trio, Ellipsis (from the early 1980’s, on Flying Fish Records), who combine bluegrassy and folk instrumentation with minimalism and Indonesian elements.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Choral Americana

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Today the Choral Mix offers a musical salute to the American spirit, with composers who have gone to the well of American folk and religious traditions and, in their own way, created something new and enduring.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Grahams

Monday, October 21, 2013

WNYC

The Nashville-based Americana band The Grahams plays at Rockwood Music Hall Monday. Download "Revival Time."

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Soundcheck

Tired Pony: A Supergroup With A Cinematic Sound

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hear Tired Pony perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Bobby McFerrin: Reinvigorated Spirtuals And Americana

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

 Hear Bobby McFerrin perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Musical Americana

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Traditional early American tunes, reflections on shape-note singing culture and a contemporary musical compositions honoring the tenth anniversary of 9/11 frame this episode.

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hear banjos, dulcimers, fiddles and other instruments used in traditional American string band music, New Sounds-style on this show.  There’s music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John.  Plus, from the back wall of the New Sounds library, listen to the trio, Ellipsis (from the early 1980’s, on Flying Fish Records), who combine bluegrassy and folk instrumentation with minimalism and Indonesian elements. 

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Richard Dyer-Bennet's Living Tradition of American Minstrelsy

Monday, September 17, 2012

WNYC

WNYC's American Music Festival features Richard Dyer-Bennet in his all-too-brief heyday, before betrayal and political accusations would derail his career, in this 1945 studio appearance.

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Soundcheck

Nashville-Bound Sound

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Lionel Richie just released an album of country versions of his own songs. But he’s hardly the first pop star to embrace Americana. We’re joined by Billboard’s Nashville correspondent, Deborah Evans Price, to take a look at other artists, from Bon Jovi to Bing Crosby, who’ve dabbled in twang.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Los Lobos

Friday, December 30, 2011

Chicano rock vets Los Lobos ring in 2012 at City Winery on Saturday night. Download the quintet's bluesy single "Tin Can Trust" here.  

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The Takeaway

Turkey + Football = Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26, 2010

Every year, millions of families across America do two things on the fourth Thursday in November ... gorge themselves and watch football. Yesterday saw six of the biggest teams in the league go at it: New England took on Detroit, New Orleans went head to head with Dallas, and Cincinnati went up against New York.

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Features

A Carnival Comes to the Park Avenue Armory

Sunday, October 10, 2010

This summer's state fairs have for the most part taken their funnel cakes and trans fats out of the Big Apple. But New Yorkers looking for campy fun this weekend need look no further than Manhattan's Park Avenue.

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The Takeaway

Curating Your 'Class' Photos with Photographer Karen Marshall

Friday, October 01, 2010

All this week, we've talked about class on The Takeaway. And we gave you an assignment: take a photo of something in or around your house that indicates what class you're in. 

You sent us some great photos, which you can see after the jump — and we've asked photographer Karen Marshall to help curate them. Marshall is a documentary photographer. She's on the faculty at the International Center of Photography, where she is a seminar leader in the photojournalism documentary program.

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