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Dwight Yoakam: Live Wire

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

When Dwight Yoakam came into the studio recently, he didn’t just answer questions — he got into character, adopted regional accents, and proved he was a true student of American music history.  We’ll broadcast the segment this weekend.  But he told one story we just couldn’t wait to ...

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Features

First Aid Kit, 'The Lion's Roar,' Live on Soundcheck

Friday, March 30, 2012

The sisters who make up the Swedish band First Aid Kit have been singing together all their lives. Watch a video of the group performing the title track off the album The Lion's Roar, live on Soundcheck.

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The Great Escape Artist

Monday, February 20, 2012

Can a legendary escape artist -- a folk hero who's broken out of jail more times than anyone else alive -- break the cycle of running and getting caught?

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The Takeaway

Country Music Reflects America's Struggles

Monday, January 02, 2012

Country music has enjoyed a long tradition of reflecting the everyday concerns of working men and women, good times and bad times. With 14 million Americans currently out of work, a crippling national debt, and a record number of people living below the poverty line, country music may be going through a sea change. Call it an indicator of economic times but in the time it took pickup trucks to go from stripped down working class boxes of mud and steel to plush seated luxury vehicles, country music went from the folksy tinny common man voice of Woody Guthrie to the likes of Tim McGraw singing about the perils of being rich.

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The Takeaway

Country Music Reflects America's Struggles

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Country music has enjoyed a long tradition of reflecting the everyday concerns of working men and women, good times and bad times. With 14 million Americans currently out of work, a crippling national debt, and a record number of people living below the poverty line, country music may be going through a sea change. Call it an indicator of economic times but in the time it took pickup trucks to go from stripped down working class boxes of mud and steel to plush seated luxury vehicles, country music went from the folksy tinny common man voice of Woody Guthrie to the likes of Tim McGraw singing about the perils of being rich.

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Studio 360

Laura Cantrell Sings Kitty Wells

Friday, June 17, 2011

At 91 years of age, Kitty Wells is the oldest living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. And she can still surprise unsuspecting listeners. Despite her demure gingham dresses and sweet plaintive melodies, Wells was a radical. Some of her songs all but declare infidelity and promiscuousness.  Laura Cantrell — a singer and songwriter, and a...

Video: Laura Cantrell performs “I Don't Claim to Be an Angel”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rodney Crowell on Country Music

Monday, March 14, 2011

Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell discusses his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks. In the book, he recounts his hardscrabble upbringing in rural Texas with his hard-drinking father and long-suffering mother, his marriage to—and eventual divorce from—Roseanne Cash, and his long-running love affair with country music.

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Studio 360

Merle Haggard

Friday, September 17, 2010

Casual music fans may be surprised to hear Merle Haggard, who wrote rowdy classics like "Mama Tried" and "Okie From Muskogee," crooning "Stardust Memories.” But that's what he did on his album Unforgettable. In 2005 the country legend told Kurt that he's always experimented with his ...

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The Poet of the Common Man Sings Again

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's been three years since we've heard something new from Merle Haggard, but it's clear that he's been hard at work.  He's just released I Am What I Am, his first album for his new label Vanguard. His longtime band The Strangers backs him up. The ...

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Bonus Track: “Long Black Veil”

Friday, September 25, 2009

From Rosanne Cash’s new album The List (EMI).

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"Tennessee Blues"

Friday, July 18, 2008

Steve Earle performs this song about leaving his adopted home of Nashville with no regrets.

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Willie Nelson

Friday, December 28, 2007

Country music legend Willie Nelson says that when he was a child, he heard a heavenly tune that's been under his skin ever since. Produced by Michael May.

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Billy Joe Shaver

Friday, August 03, 2007

Billy Joe Shaver’s country tunes have been favorites of performers like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Elvis. These songs were a huge part of Trey Kay’s childhood. And he says Shaver’s songs could touch the hearts of even the most stoic ...

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Solomon Burke

Friday, September 22, 2006

This week the great R+B singer Solomon Burke releases a new record called "Nashville" -- a collection of tunes that he recorded in the country music capital. Kurt asks Burke about why he wanted to take a break from deeply moving soul music to sing a duet ...

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Dolly Parton

Saturday, October 29, 2005

At age ten, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly Parton launched her country music career and 50 years later she shows no sign of slowing down. Over the years she has become a movie star, a theme park creator, and a literacy activist. Dolly talks to Kurt about her ...

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Billy Joe Shaver

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Billy Joe Shaver created romantic depictions of rambling, gambling, hard-living men, performed by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and Elvis. Waylon Jennings’ classic album “Honky Tonk Heroes” consists entirely of Shaver’s material. Trey Kay grew up with Shaver’s songs, and recalls how Shaver could touch the ...

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Bill T. Jones on Merce Cunningham
Willie Nelson on Django Reinhardt

Saturday, September 10, 2005

A choreographer and a country music legend talk about the people who inspired them. Produced by Trey Kay.

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Merle Haggard

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Casual Merle Haggard fans may be surprised to hear the singer-songwriter of rowdy classics like "Mama Tried" and "Okie From Muskogee" crooning standards like "Stardust Memories" on his new album, Unforgettable. But as the country legend told Kurt Andersen in the studio, Haggard has experimented with his music ...

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Aha Moment: Pedal Steel

Saturday, March 26, 2005

When he was a young musician, Chas Smith had zero interest in country music, and had never really paid attention to the painstakingly slow, textured flow of sounds that come from the pedal steel guitar. He recently told Studio 360's David Krasnow how an accident of faith and ...

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Steve Earle

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Musician Steve Earle is a self described “lefty redneck.” Earle started his musical career as a teenager singing against the Vietnam War. A decade ago, he fought off a heroin habit that landed him in prison. Since then, he has been active on behalf of prison reform and against the ...

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