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Watch: Randy Weston And Billy Harper, In The Studio

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Watch jazz visionaries Randy Weston and Billy Harper perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Watch: Gary Clark Jr., In The Studio

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Watch the young blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gary Clark Jr. Reinvigorates The Blues Live; The Rise Of Mexico’s 'Narco Cultura'

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In this episode: A few years ago the guitar world needed an infusion of new blood. Enter Gary Clark Jr. Since his arrival on the blues scene, the Austin native has been name-dropped by Alicia Keys, gigged with the Rolling Stones and played for President Obama -- and he’s not even 30 yet. Clark Jr. plays a bluesy solo set in the Soundcheck studio, and recounts the time that he woke up on the sidewalk in front of a NYC hair salon.

Then, Shaul Schwarz, director of the gripping new documentary Narco Cultura, talks about exploring two very different sides of the outlaw-fueled culture that has grown up around Mexico’s drug wars.

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Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

Sunday, November 03, 2013

If it's Sunday in Houston, get ready to dance up and down the aisle at church. Zydeco music is the soundtrack to spirit-filled parties fueled by beer, boudin, and red beans and rice. It's a joyful continuation of a decades-old tradition.

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Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter

Friday, November 01, 2013

Listening to lost sounds, even in gorgeous new packages, isn't all that's needed when it comes to really understanding how popular music has shaped Americans' lives.

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Black Joe Lewis On World Cafe

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Austin-based blues-funk band revisits the World Cafe to perform songs from its new album, Electric Slave, which features a significant shift toward rock for the group.

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Deer Tick's Dark New Sound

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hear alt-country band Deer Tick perform live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Check Ahead: Tony Joe White, 'Hoodoo'

Monday, September 09, 2013

On Hoodoo, the new album from the “Swamp Fox” Tony Joe White.

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The Dawn Of Sun Records: 15 Hours Of Blues

Friday, September 06, 2013

In 1950, a red-haired Alabama boy who'd learned about radio and electronics in the U.S. Army opened a recording studio to document the blues and country music he loved. A new box set compiles the beginnings of Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service, and the record label he would soon create.

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James Cotton On World Cafe

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The 78-year-old harmonica master stops by to perform songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man.

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Marcia Ball On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The veteran blues singer is known for her near-perfect blend of zydeco, and Louisiana swamp rock. Listen to Ball play three songs live in this 2001 Mountain Stage performance.

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Gig Alert: Carolyn Wonderland

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blues guitarist Carolyn Wonderland plays City Winery Tuesday night. Download "Victory of Flying."

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Black Joe Lewis And His Band Stay The Course, Lose The Name

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The leader of the blues-rock ensemble formerly known as Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears discusses its latest album, Electric Slave.

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Buddy Guy On World Cafe

Friday, August 23, 2013

The legend performs songs from his new album, Rhythm & Blues, and celebrates his 77th birthday.

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Albert Murray, Writer And Co-Founder Of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Dies

Monday, August 19, 2013

Duke Ellington once described the influential writer and critic who helped found Jazz at Lincoln Center as the "unsquarest person I know."

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A Musical Power Couple With A Dozen-Strong Entourage

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks — both blues-rock titans — about their new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, Made Up Mind.

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Hugh Laurie Still Has The Blues; Beth Orton Plays With Sam Amidon; Your Best (Or Worst) Karaoke Moments

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

In this episode: Hugh Laurie is best known as the star of the former Fox drama "House," which wrapped last year. But since the release of his debut album called Let Them Talk in 2011, he’s also made a name for himself as a blues musician. He joins us to talk about his followup to that record, called Didn’t It Rain.

Plus: Beth Orton made her name in the ‘90's by setting her folk songs to electronics and beats, creating the genre eventually dubbed "folktronica." She joins us (along with her husband, Sam Amidon, and pianist Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett) to play some songs off of her latest record, Sugaring Season

And: We hear more of your best – or worst – karaoke experiences. Tell us yours at (866) 939-1612. 

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Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The 77-year-old guitarist and vocalist's new two-disc set features cameos from Kid Rock, Keith Urban and members of Aerosmith. But the lyrics merely set the scene, and the jolts come after the verses — when the profound legend begins to play.

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Moreland And Arbuckle: Twangy Country Blues With Teeth

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Hear blues trio Moreland & Arbuckle perform in the studio.

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Harry Belafonte's Activism And Jay Z Beef; Beat Making Lab; Moreland And Arbuckle

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

In this episode: Even at 86, acclaimed singer, activist, and actor Harry Belafonte is still making plenty headlines with his recent endorsement of New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and his long-standing public standoff with rapper Jay Z. Writer Keli Goff joins us to talk about the activism of the "King of Calypso."

Then, the creators of Beat Making Lab talk about their portable electronic beat-making kits that they send to developing countries with the intention of improving communities.

And Wichita, Kansas roots rockers Moreland And Arbuckle perform songs from its new concept album based around 16th century explorer Coronado.

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