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Watch: Yonder Mountain String Band, In The Studio

Monday, November 04, 2013

Watch Yonder Mountain String Band perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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David Bromberg Performs Live

Monday, September 30, 2013

David Bromberg performs live in our studio. He’s a master of American vernacular music as a guitarist and vocalist, fluid in country blues and Dixieland, bluegrass and fingerpicking folk. His new album, “Only Slightly Mad,” shows the full range of his Americana roots.

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James Murphy On Broadway; Nicholson Baker’s Musical Novel; Sarah Jarosz Plays Live

Thursday, September 26, 2013

In this episode: Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy discusses his latest project: composing music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's drama "Betrayal."

Plus: Nicholson Baker’s new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a man who is having a hard time writing a new book — so he picks up a guitar instead. Baker discusses the book and the real-life companion album he recorded.

And: Sarah Jarosz is just 22, but she’s already made a mark on the folk and bluegrass scene thanks to her deep bluegrass knowledge and exceptional instrumental skills. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Texas plays live.  

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Watch: Mandolin Orange: In The Studio

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Watch the North Carolina folk duo perform new songs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Queen Of Ska; African Americans In Country Music; Mandolin Orange Live

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In this episode: Pauline Black, frontwoman for the influential British 2-Tone ska band The Selecter, discusses her recent memoir, Black By Design, and a new album, String Theory.

Plus: The idea that country music is a “white genre” is one that’s been stubbornly hanging on for a long time. A new anthology by Diane Pecknold, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, sets its sights on shattering that understanding.

And: North Carolina-based country and folk duo Mandolin Orange brings its rootsy songs to the Soundcheck studio. 

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    Ricky Skaggs: Bluegrass At Heart

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Grammy Award-winning country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs talks about his family's long Southern lineage, his prodigious childhood and a new memoir, Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music.

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    Country And Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs; Gogol Bordello's Gypsy Punk

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    In this episode: Grammy Award-winning mandolin player and singer Ricky Skaggs talks about Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music, a new memoir about his family's long Southern lineage, his prodigious childhood, and his latest album with Bruce Hornsby.

    And Gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello -- who recently released its sixth album, Pura Vida Conspiracy -- brings its high-energy songs to the Soundcheck studio.

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    Gig Alert: Della Mae

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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    The bluegrass band Della Mae plays The Rock Shop Tuesday night. Download "Empire."

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    Steve Martin: Our Wild and Crazy Guest

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    Stuck in transit this Memorial Day weekend? Take our hourlong special with America's funniest banjo player with you.

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    Gig Alert: Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    WNYC

    The bluegrass band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys plays St. Mazie Monday night. Download "My Side of the Mountain."

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    Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, In The Studio

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Hear Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and The Steep Canyon Rangers, perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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    Abigail Washburn Is A 'Post-American Girl'

    Wednesday, April 03, 2013

    Since her 2005 debut, Abigail Washburn has paired the sounds of traditional American bluegrass and the folk music and arts of China. Nearly twenty years after her fascination with China began, the songwriter, and clawhammer banjo extraordinaire is dramatizing her own story in a new staged piece, Post-American Girl. Watch Washburn perform "Taiyang Chulai" in the Soundcheck studio.

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      Yo-Yo Ma: Still Honored, Still Exploring

      Wednesday, April 03, 2013

      Yo-Yo Ma, is the among the most famous names in classical music today, but his reputation extends far beyond that world. This spring, Ma is receiving the 2013 Vilcek Prize, He discusses his career with Soundcheck. 

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      Gig Alert: Whiskey Shivers

      Monday, February 18, 2013

      Austin Texas-based Americana band Whiskey Shivers plays Rock Shop Monday night. Download the track "Jealous Heart."

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      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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      Yonder Mountain String Band

      Wednesday, July 18, 2012

      They've been called progressive bluegrass, jamgrass, rockgrass - even "ragegrass." Whatever they are, the Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band stops by our studio to perform live. 

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      Punch Brothers: Live from the Greene Space

      Wednesday, April 25, 2012

      Punch Brothers just aren’t as young as they used to be – but that’s not saying much, considering that frontman Chris Thile recorded his first album as an 11-year-old with bluegrass band Nickel Creek. However, on Punch Brothers’ latest record, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?,” the five-piece band (now all in their mid-20s to early-30s) seems more energetic than ever. The group brings their rollicking string-band rock to the Greene Space for a live performance. 

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      Trampled By Turtles: In Studio

      Tuesday, April 17, 2012

      A Bluegrass Top 10 hit and critical acclaim are nice – but when you’ve had a stretch of hometown highway named after you? That’s when you know you’ve arrived. Minnesota’s fast-playing bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles join us live in studio with a just-released album called "Stars and Satellites," and to tell us about the newly christened "Trampled By Turtles Trail." (Pilgrims, take note: it’s on I-35 between Minneapolis and Duluth).

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      Bluegrass Legend and Banjo Player Earl Scruggs, 88, Dies

      Thursday, March 29, 2012

      Earl Scruggs is a huge figure in the American music pantheon. That he helped create modern country music, that he influenced generations of musicians with his three-finger pick and roll style of playing the banjo, that he brought the songs of Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn into the country-bluegrass fold is only part of what he was able to create. Watch videos of Scruggs performing here.

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      Gig Alert: Michael Daves

      Tuesday, March 13, 2012

      Brooklyn Bluegrass virtuoso Michael Daves performs at Rockwood Music Hall Tuesday night. Download his version of the roots tune "Rain And Snow."

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