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Gig Alert: Jon Regen

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Gritty, soulful pianist plays album release show at SubCulture tonight.

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Eric Bibb On Mountain Stage

Monday, May 04, 2015

Raised in the New York folk scene of the '50s and '60s, the blues guitarist now lives in Sweden.

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Gig Alert: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Monday, March 23, 2015

NYC rock stalwarts begin a week-long 'freedom tour' of the city's five boroughs, starting in Staten Island.

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Benjamin Booker Faces The Past

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can't seem to settle.

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Sinkane On World Cafe

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Hear the Brooklyn electro-funk band perform songs from its most concise pop record yet.

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All Things Considered

'That Blew My Mind': Raiding The Lead Belly Vault

Saturday, February 21, 2015

From his pop covers to his freewheeling radio show, there was more to the late musician than blues.

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Gig Alert: The Odetta Project

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The artist Justin Hicks reimagines the work of the folk icon Odetta in a special show tonight in Clinton Hill. 

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A Hero At Home, Deacon John Moore Is New Orleans' Best-Kept Secret

Saturday, February 14, 2015

He formed his first dance band in 1960, and adopted the pious nickname Deacon on the suggestion of a mischievous drummer. Now 73, Moore is one of the city's most beloved musicians.

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In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.

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Preserving American Roots Music Begins With Keeping The Lights On

Saturday, December 27, 2014

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been helping indigent blues, gospel and country musicians get by as well as reach a wider audience.

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Janiva Magness On Mountain Stage

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The decorated blues singer and Detroit native performs live from a West Virginia stage.

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First Listen: 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936'

Sunday, November 30, 2014

They might seem dusty, almost mystical or supernatural, but the vibrant songs on this three-disc set come from a a golden age of gospel that set the path for rock and roll.

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Lead Belly, 'I'm So Glad, I Done Got Over'

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Smithsonian opens its archives and shares a comprehensive collection of previously unheard recordings by blues legend Lead Belly.

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Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Friday, November 21, 2014

The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player performs some of his zydeco-influenced songs.

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The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Herman Fusilier, the host of The Zydeco Stomp, has made zydeco music his life.

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CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band On World Cafe

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The son of the "King of Zydeco" took over the Red Hot Louisiana Band after his father passed away. Hear the band's fiery set from the XPoNential Music Festival.

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Jimmy Page On A Lifetime In Rock 'N' Roll; Benjamin Booker Plays Live

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist reflects on his long musical career and his new book of photos. And young New Orleans rocker Benjamin Booker performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

New Blues

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hear new blues on tonight's New Sounds, including music from the likes of Bobby McFerrin and the recent record "Spirityouall."

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The Grandaddy Of Record Labels

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Before shutting its doors in 1932, Paramount produced some of the most influential blues recordings of all time. 

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Son Little, 'The River'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Aaron Livingston made his name as a collaborator with The Roots and RJD2.

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