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Live in Studio: Dwight Yoakam

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Dwight Yoakam has always gone his own way — favoring Los Angeles over Nashville, and gritty rock over slick mainstream country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Country Legend Billy Joe Shaver Performs Live In Studio

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The country songwriter who inspired Johnny Cash and The Allman Brothers plays songs from 'Long in the Tooth,' his first new album in six years.

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Studio 360

Buck Owens Goes to Carnegie Hall

Friday, November 14, 2014

Buck Owens didn’t think he could fill Carnegie Hall, but the 1966 show turned out to be one of the highlights of his career.

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Studio 360

Why Richard Nixon Declared October Country Music Month

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In 1969, President Richard Milhous Nixon heard Merle Haggard's hit "Okie From Muskogee," and the first line—"We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee"—gives a hint to why Nixon liked it.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Laura Cantrell Performs Live

Monday, October 27, 2014

NYC-based country music star Laura Cantrell discusses her latest album, the quiet, storytelling inflected "No Way There From Here," and performs live in our studio.

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Studio 360

This Is the Room Your Favorite Song Came From

Friday, October 17, 2014

The storied RCA Studio A in Nashville has produced some of our greatest pop music — but until a last-minute reprieve, it almost became condos. 

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The Takeaway

The Rhinestone Cowboy's Final Recording

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

John Schaefer, host of WNYC's "Soundcheck" and "New Sounds," reviews Glen Campbell's final recording.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marty Stuart on Photographing Music Legends and Eccentric Americans

Thursday, August 14, 2014

He began photographing what he called "the history in the making" going on around him when he was a teenager, on tour with Lester Flatt.

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Studio 360

Video: Lydia Loveless, "Blind" (Live)

Monday, August 04, 2014

The last thing you’d expect to hear out of country crooner Lydia Loveless is a pop song. But when she launches into a Kesha’s “Blind” — sans Autotune or a distracting dance beat — it seems like the song has been waiting for her all along.

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Spinning on Air

Viking Moses Plays Short Stories in Song

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Viking Moses is the musical project of songwriter Brendon Massei, and the band visits the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their songs. With a personal take on the styles of rock and country, Massei's songs can be like short stories. Massei is a wanderer who has been on tour nearly nonstop since his first visit to Spinning On Air ten years ago. He has just returned from performances in mainland China, and talks about his experiences there with host David Garland.

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Soundcheck

African Americans In Country Music

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The new book Hidden In The Mix dispels the myth that country music is exclusively "white" music. 

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On The Media

Nashville Bob

Friday, May 31, 2013

How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launch pad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you're trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah, and a brilliant song, just waiting for a record exec to bite. In this piece from 1996, Bob goes on a journey to pen the next country music hit.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Monday, May 13, 2013

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale discuss their new record “Buddy & Jim,” which features newly written songs and several vintage covers. They also talk about “The Buddy & Jim Show”—each week Buddy and Jim invite artists to Buddy’s home studio in Nashville, where they tape performances and interviews with artists and friends.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Billy Ray Cyrus

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Billy Ray Cyrus was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his family, his career, and yes, his "Achy Breaky Heart." He also told us what he's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Billy Ray Cyrus and His Hillbilly Heart

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus talks about his life and finding his own way to faith, family, and music. His memoir Hillbilly Heart tells of his turbulent childhood in Kentucky, where he sought refuge in music and sports after his parents’ divorce. When he heard a voice telling him to get a left-handed guitar and start a band, he found his cause. Cyrus looks back at his stratospheric breakthrough with “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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Soundcheck

Ryan Bingham Steps Out, In The Studio

Friday, April 05, 2013

Following the success of Crazy Heart, the Oscar-winning country songwriter Ryan Bingham turns to hard-luck America on his latest album, Tomorrowland. Watch him deliver an emotional and intimate solo performance in the Soundcheck studio.

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Studio 360

Live in-Studio: Dwight Yoakam

Friday, February 15, 2013

Among country superstars, Dwight Yoakam has always been a guy who didn’t fit in. A cool, mysterious dude in a crowd of boys next door. An Appalachian-turned-Angeleno who spurned Nashville. An actor with a penchant for playing creeps, psychos, and other unsavories. And recently ...

Video: “Heart Like Mine”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Vince Gill and Doug Green, The Time Jumpers

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Vince Gill and Doug Green talk about their Western Swing band, The Time Jumpers. They were nominated for Grammy awards for Best Country Album and Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group – Country). Since 1998, The Time Jumpers have had a standing Monday night engagement in Nashville.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Doug Green

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Award-winning Western musician Doug Green (a.k.a Ranger Doug) was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Vince Gill, to talk about their Western Swing band called The Time Jumpers. He told us that he's a fan of the Detroit Tigers. Find out what else Doug Green's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Vince Gill

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Country music star Vince Gill was on the Leonard Lopate Show -- along with Doug Green -- to talk about their Western Swing band, The Time Jumpers. The Nashville-based musician also told us about his favorite New York comfort food. Find out what else Vince Gill's a fan of!

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