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Music Interviews
4:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

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Author Interviews
2:42 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

Courtesy of Amistad

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 4:27 am

If anything was going to make the case for putting warning labels on music, it was 2 Live Crew at the turn of the 1990s. The hip-hop group's output was so sexually explicit that it eventually became the subject of an obscenity case that made its way through some of the highest courts in this country. The man at the center of it all was Luther Campbell, a.k.a Luke Skywalker, the alter-ego that helped make 2 Live Crew one of the most legendary and notorious rap acts ever.

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Music News
2:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery

At age 12, pianist Joey Alexander has made fans out of some very accomplished fellow jazz musicians. His debut album, My Favorite Things, was released in May.
Rebecca Meek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 4:27 am

The Newport Jazz Festival is under way this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Among the featured performers is a young pianist — a very young pianist — named Joey Alexander. He is 12 years old, completely self-taught and one of the youngest musicians ever to play the storied festival.

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Music Interviews
2:30 am
Sat August 1, 2015

With 'Faded Gloryville,' Lindi Ortega Explores The Rougher Edges Of Fame

Country artist Lindi Ortega's new album, Faded Gloryville, takes inspiration from artists who may be past their peak.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 8:31 am

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Music Interviews
2:24 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be A Child Prodigy In Jazz?

Joey Alexander, 12, recently released his debut album.
Rebecca Meek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:53 pm

What do Mozart, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson have in common? For one, their musical talent was discovered early — they were all considered child prodigies.

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The Record
7:13 am
Fri July 31, 2015

In The Middle Of A Whirlwind, Miranda Lambert Shares The Spotlight

Miranda Lambert on stage in June.
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Pyschedelic Blues
2:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Bluesman Ted Drozdowski on Beale Street Caravan, Tuesday, August 4 at 11 pm

Psychedelic bluesman Ted Drozdowski

Psychedelic bluesman Ted Drozdowski features on Beale Street Caravan this week with his band Scissormen. Also this week, we continue our series called Wex of Wax, featuring the late, great, Jerry Wexler. To Drozdowski, risk-taking is an essential part of being an artist. Since the 1980s his bands have always pushed toward new ground. As a primary force in the alternative-rock band Vision Thing, the textural music ensemble Bloodblister and the explosively guitar-intensive Devil Gods, his narrative songwriting and tireless sonic explorations won him a cult following.

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Music Interviews
1:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:24 pm

Jason Isbell is riding high this week: His new album Something More Than Free is number one on Billboard's country, rock and folk charts. The musician from rural Alabama got his start with the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, and then went solo. For the past few years, he's been sober, after drinking brought him "close to the point of no return."

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KRCB Concerts in the Garden at Chroma Gallery
1:23 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

An Intimate Concert of Americana: Kevin Russell and His So-Called Friends, August 15

Kevin Russell and his So-Called Friends

The next KRCB Concert in the Garden at Chroma Gallery features local band Kevin Russell and His So-Called Friends.  According to the North Bay Bohemian, "Kevin and Friends will play an eclectic blend of acoustic music; Americana, swing jazz, folk, country, bluegrass and even a little acoustic rock. Each genre of music is played with a modern sensibility using the typical bluegrass instrumentation of mandolin, dobro, guitar, string bass and 5-string banjo. In addition to creating lively new versions of old songs, the band also features engaging original compositions."

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Music
12:55 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Buddy Emmons, The Pedal-Steel Guitarist Who 'Taught Everybody To Play,' Has Died

Buddy Emmons as a member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, circa 1962.
Elmer Williams Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:24 pm

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