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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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New Sounds

New Blues

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Hear new blues on tonight's New Sounds, including music from the likes of Bobby McFerrin and the recent record "Spirityouall."  McFerrin takes two lines from Psalm 25, "'You know my eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare," and turns them into a deeply bluesy spiritual.  Also, listen to arrangements of Skip James and Charlie Patton blues by Chris Thomas King and the Soldier String Quartet.

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Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dies At 74

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this reflection on singer and songwriter J.J. Cale who died after suffering a heart attack Friday at 74.

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Johnnyswim On Mountain Stage

Friday, July 26, 2013

Based in Nashville via Los Angeles, the married duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez have been performing together for nearly a decade. Appearing for the first time on Mountain Stage, the two play material from their album Home, Vol. 1 — an amalgam of soul, folk, pop and blues.

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Check Ahead: Moreland & Arbuckle, '7 Cities'

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

7 Cities is the bluesy, gritty new album from the Midwestern roots rockers Moreland & Arbuckle.

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Sonny Landreth On Mountain Stage

Monday, July 22, 2013

The slide guitarist makes his eighth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Morgantown, W.Va. By employing a unique combination of powerful amplifiers and modified guitars, the Louisiana native conjures up a sound that's truly his own.

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The Mix: Songs Inspired By The Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The songs of the civil rights era are as varied as the people who have marched in the movement. We look back over five decades of passionate, engaged music-making — from singers in the struggle to young artists celebrating their political and musical heroes.

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Robert Randolph: Sacred Steel, Live In The Greene Space

Monday, July 08, 2013

Watch the virtuosic pedal steel player Robert Randolph perform with his Family Band live on Soundcheck from WNYC's Greene Space.

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Taj Mahal: Still Cooking Up 'Heirloom Music' His Own Way

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Massachusetts-born, San Francisco Bay Area-based guitarist and singer has mixed styles since he first came on the scene in the late 1960s. A new 15-CD set traces his career from the beginning; NPR's Laura Sydell visits some of his old Bay Area haunts with him.

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Bobby 'Blue' Bland On Mountain Stage

Monday, June 24, 2013

The revered blues singer, one of the genre's true game-changers, died June 23 at age 83. Hear Bland perform a medley of his hits during an appearance on Mountain Stage in May 2003.

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Remembering The Multidimensional Music Of Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bland's music is the kind that can school anyone about the incomprehensible depths of love, the importance of dignity and the promise of the kind of good life that really might be within reach.

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Bobby 'Blue' Bland, The 'Sinatra Of The Blues,' Dies

Monday, June 24, 2013

His classic songs included "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Further On Up The Road." A contemporary of B.B. King, Bland was one of the last connections to the roots of the blues.

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Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original

Friday, May 31, 2013

Many musicians use old forms like folk and blues as inspiration, but few find a way to make music that sounds old but feels new.

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William Stout Draws Blues Legends

Friday, May 24, 2013

In 1980, the cartoonist R. Crumb released Heroes of the Blues, a set of beautiful, illustrated trading cards that catalogs 36 of the greatest bluesmen ever. Now, a new book by writer and illustrator William Stout, Legends of the Blues, pays tribute to Crumb with drawings of even more heroes.

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Ana Popovic Shreds The Belgrade Blues

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Serbian guitarist fell in love with American blues music as a kid — well before she could understand the words.

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Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

Friday, May 17, 2013

On Spirityouall, McFerrin performs classic black spirituals with roots in enslaved communities, as well as songs he composed himself. Throughout the album, he says, he hears the influence of his father, Robert McFerrin Sr., a renowned operatic baritone.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Songs My Mother Taught Me

Saturday, May 11, 2013

This week, a collection of songs for Mother's Day. We explore how mothers have influenced composers and performers musically, and create a rich soundscape.

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The Slide Brothers On World Cafe

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The virtuoso pedal-steel band plays songs from its debut album, Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers, and discusses its transition from performing in churches to playing clubs.

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Robben Ford On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 03, 2013

The rock guitarist plays Little Buddy Doyle's "Slick Capers Blues" and more with host Jon Weber.

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Gig Alert: Cassie Taylor

Friday, May 03, 2013

Blueswoman Cassie Taylor plays Hill Country Friday night. Download "That's My Man."

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