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You Know Exactly What These 6 Country Songs Have In Common

Friday, January 09, 2015

A Nashville songwriter mashed up tunes by the likes of Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan so you don't have to.

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All Things Considered

Andraé Crouch, Who Moved Gospel Into The 21st Century, Has Died

Friday, January 09, 2015

The singer and songwriter played a major role in creating a contemporary, conservative gospel sound.

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Morning Edition

Percussionist Bobbye Hall Is A Liner-Note Legend

Friday, January 09, 2015

Hall has played with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson to Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan. She grew up in Detroit in the '60s, and was sitting in on Motown sessions before she could drive.

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The Tabla Master Who Jammed With The Grateful Dead

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Schooled from birth in an ancient instrument, Zakir Hussain always wanted to rock. He found a way to do both after George Harrison gave him some shrewd career advice.

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Musicians You'll Tell Your Friends About In 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The new year offers a new set of musical surprises. Here is a section of 10 acts — under-the-radar or about to explode — who are ready for their moment in the spotlight.

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Morning Edition

Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sixty years ago, opera singer Marian Anderson made her long overdue debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She was its first African-American soloist.

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How Santería Seeped Into Latin Music

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Santería ceremonies are for calling out to the spiritual world, and that spiritual connection is made through music. Felix Contreras explores how some sacred beats made a secular crossover.

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Morning Edition

With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Digital downloads of iTunes fell sharply in 2014, as consumers abandoned Apple's music store in favor of cheap, easy-to-use subscription services.

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Mystic Rhythms: Rush's Neil Peart On The First Rock Drummer

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Peart is one of the world's greatest rock drummers, but his earliest influence comes from jazz.

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Morning Edition

The Original Funky Drummers On Life With James Brown

Monday, January 05, 2015

Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks should have been rivals: James Brown hired both of them to do one job. Instead, they stuck together, and laid the foundation for modern funk drumming in the process.

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A Light Goes Out In Memphis: Remembering John Fry

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Music producer Rick Clark remembers John Fry, co-founder of Ardent Studios, who died last month after 50 years of nurturing some of the best music to ever come out of Memphis.

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Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives

Saturday, January 03, 2015

When an instrument sounds as good playing Daft Punk as it does Lawrence Welk, you know it's got something. The Strat just turned 60, but it's barely aged a day.

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All Things Considered

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Friday, January 02, 2015

Facing a fatal diagnosis, Wilko Johnson made what was to be his final album with singer Roger Daltrey of The Who. Then doctors intervened. "Maybe," Daltrey says, "there's a Part 2 to this record."

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Morning Edition

Encore: A Basic Training Workout Mix

Friday, January 02, 2015

We're again asking listeners to tweet us their favorite workout tunes. In 2012, we asked people about what music makes them move. (This piece initially aired on May 8, 2012 on Morning Edition).

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Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.

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A Rational Conversation: Neal Brennan On What The Hell Happened This Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"A lot of women would say Taylor Swift has the album of the year. I don't think they'd be wrong. Taylor Swift, like Drake — I don't want to like her, but yet, here I am."

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Remembering When Johnny Cash Stopped To Talk To A Young Reporter

Friday, December 26, 2014

In 1981, NPR's Don Gonyea's was working as a disc jockey in Michigan when he got an interview with Johnny Cash at a county fair. (This piece first aired on Feb. 23, 2013 on Weekend Edition Saturday).

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Committed's 'Home For Christmas' Has Fun Songs And Some Classics

Thursday, December 25, 2014

David Greene talks to members of the a cappella group Committed about their new holiday album, Home For Christmas. Committed won season two of NBC's a cappella competition series, The Sing-Off.

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Barry Manilow: I Jump At The Chance To Do A Christmas Album

Thursday, December 25, 2014

David Greene talks to Barry Manilow about his favorite Christmas music. In 2012, he released a compilation of his 3 Christmas albums. (This piece initially aired on Dec. 17, 2012 on Morning Edition).

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Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's a short story about a woman who just wants to spend the holiday alone, from a band that had no interest in writing what would become a holiday classic.

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