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The Record
5:03 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Dolly In Nashville: Authenticity That Makes Room For Rhinestones

Dolly Parton on stage at the Ryman Auditorium on July 31, one of two sold out shows that marked her first headlining gigs in Nashville in 12 years.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 10:37 am

When the renowned radio personality and Grand Ole Opry fixture Bill Cody walked onto the stage at the Ryman Auditorioum to welcome Dolly Parton there for the first time in twelve years, he called her "the most beloved artist of all time." Then he quickly, almost imperceptibly, corrected himself, adding a qualifier: female artist." Who knows what flashed in Cody's mind in that moment — perhaps the face of Johnny Cash, the patron

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Music Interviews
11:03 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Buddy Guy: 'I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music'

Buddy Guy's latest album is titled Born to Play Guitar.
Josh Cheuse Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 10:09 am

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Music Interviews
2:09 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Terri Lyne Carrington Makes A Musical 'Mosaic,' With A Focus On Women

Terri Lyne Carrington won a Grammy for her all-female jazz album The Mosaic Project in 2011. Now, she's releasing the second installment, called Love and Soul.
Tracy Love Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 3:37 pm

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Music Interviews
4:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 5:28 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The music of Colombia is in the spotlight this week as we check in with our friends at Alt Latino. Felix Contreras usually joins us with a number of artists to share. Today he has just one artist.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAMBOLERO")

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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 5:28 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 5:28 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 Sun August 2, 2015 1:04 pm

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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.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

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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 on Wax," featuring the late, great, Jerry Wexler.

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