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5:37 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Ray Benson Steps Out: 'Wheel'man Goes Solo In New Album

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 5:17 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

For more than 40 years, Ray Benson has been the front man for the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHOO CHOO CH'BOOGIE")

RAY BENSON: (Singing) Choo, choo, choo choo, ch' boogie. Woo, woo, woo, woo, ch' boogie. Choo, choo, choo, choo, ch' boogie. Take me right back to the track, Jack.

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Music Reviews
12:02 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

Lafayette Gilchrist.
Leo H. Lubow

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 1:57 pm

For someone who came to piano rather late, at 17, Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into its history. He loves the old piano professors who'd pack the punch of a dance band into two hands at the keyboard. Players like Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith could keep going for hours without exhausting their folkloric materials.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:55 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Robert Glasper Experiment: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:37 pm

The third song in this Tiny Desk Concert, explains the jocose pianist Robert Glasper, first appeared on one of his trio's albums of acoustic, instrumental jazz. It was called "F.T.B." then, though it later acquired words and a singer and was retitled "Gonna Be Alright" on the record which won the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album. That in itself provides a sense of the worlds to which Glasper has access; depending on your point of view, he either freely traverses or explodes those boundaries.

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Music Interviews
5:17 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Laura Jane Grace, Transgender Punk, On Life In Transition

Against Me!'s latest album is Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Left to right: Inge Johansson, James Bowman, Laura Jane Grace, Atom Willard.
Ryan Russell Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:42 am

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Author Interviews
5:50 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

'I'll Take You There': The Staple Singers' Rise From Church To Fame

Mavis Staples performs at the 2013 Waterfront Blues Festival at in Portland, Ore.
Anthony Pidgeon Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:36 pm

Today, the voices of Roebuck "Pops" Staples and his four children — Cleotha, Mavis, Pervis and Yvonne — are woven into America's DNA. As the Staple Singers, the family created a sound that was part blues, part gospel and part folk, breaking down musical walls and inspiring civil rights leaders.

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Music Interviews
7:59 am
Sat January 18, 2014

'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician

David Dondero performs at D.G.'s Tap House in Ames, Iowa.
John Pemble

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 11:35 am

Guitarist and songwriter David Dondero is a transient. He's lived all over the country, from Alaska to Texas. When he's not touring, he finds work — most recently as a carpenter in California. But it never lasts. Music always finds its way back into his life.

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Blitzen Trapper On World Cafe

Blitzen Trapper.
Courtesy of the artist

The Portland, Ore., band Blitzen Trapper has spent seven albums refining its style, which mixes Americana, folk and rock with a wild-eyed psychedelic side. Its newest record is titled VII.

Singer-songwriter Eric Early wrote a piece for the New York Times Opinionator blog last year called "The Tale of The Seed and The Song," and we'll find out about some of the seeds of these new songs here.

Author Interviews
4:25 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

A Strange Composition: Classical Music Meets Bioterror In 'Orfeo'

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Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 8:33 pm

Richard Powers' new novel, Orfeo, tells the story of an avant-garde classical music composer who finds himself dabbling in DNA. Like the Orpheus myth that inspired the book's name, this story takes its hero, Peter Els, on a journey. He becomes a fugitive accused of bioterror, but what follows is also a walk back into the recesses of his own memory told through the music and people he's loved and lost.

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Music
4:20 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Singer Jennifer Holliday On Making The Best Of Each Day

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 5:16 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Deceptive Cadence
3:15 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal

Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

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