Music

Piano Jazz
10:25 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz

Willie Nelson.
Frazer Henderson Getty Images Entertainment

Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson was born April 30, 1933, in the small farming community of Abbott, Texas. His early interest in music came about through singing in church, and he wrote his first song at age 7. By age 9, he'd begun playing in a local band; after high school, Nelson served briefly in the Air Force and studied at Baylor University. In the mid-'50s, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas and Washington state, played in honky-tonks and continued to write songs.

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Music
12:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

The Special Focus for November, 2012.

Palancar is the Special Focus for November, 2012.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions
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Music
5:31 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Tonight on Galactic Travels 2012-10-25

Tonight on Galactic Travels
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

Tonight on Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Modulator ESP concludes.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be the self-released title "Beyond the Sunset."  You'll also hear music by one of the artists appearing at the Soundscapes Concert Series on Sunday, December 2, 8:00 pm at the Nazareth Center for the Arts.

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Music Reviews
5:16 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

On Record, A Husband And Wife Are 'Familiar Strangers'

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, both country stars in their own right, recently released the collaborative album Wreck and Ruin.
Helen Clemens Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 6:06 pm

In their native Australia, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are chart-topping country stars. Young, beautiful, talented and married, they seem to live a charmed life. They travel with their baby daughter, Poet, and perform all over the world together. But their new album, Wreck & Ruin, gives fans a peek into some of their darker material.

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Thistle and Shamrock
5:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: A Case For Guitar

Arty McGlynn
Courtesy of the artist

Virtuoso players in Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany are raising the bar for roots-inspired acoustic guitar music.

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All Songs Considered
5:00 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Song Premiere: Laura Gibson, 'The Carob Trees'

Courtesy of the artist

It's been fascinating to watch the creative development of Laura Gibson, the singer-songwriter who, among other things, inspired NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts series.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
3:32 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard

Jeff Ballard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:10 pm

The drummer Jeff Ballard has a band called Fairgrounds. Well, he doesn't have a band as much as he has lots of bands, and knows lots of people to fill them — which might be expected of someone who has been a drummer for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau. With the Fairgrounds project, he gets to play a little fantasy baseball, mixing and matching sounds and musicians for his own ends.

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World Cafe
3:17 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Bobby Womack On World Cafe

Bobby Womack.
Jamie-James Medina

Soul legend Bobby Womack was considered a survivor before he'd started work on his long-awaited comeback album The Bravest Man in the Universe. After overcoming hospitalization with pneumonia and successful treatment of colon cancer while in the midst of recording the album, Womack released his finest work in ages over the summer.

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The Record
2:09 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Two Women: Meshell Ndegeocello's Praise Song To Nina Simone

Meshell Ndegeocello's tenth album is Pour Une Ame Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone.
Charlie Gross Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 11:47 am

Nina Simone haunts. Meshell Ndegeocello hypnotizes. This difference is as subtle as it is crucial and is on full display in Ndegeocello's latest album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, which came out earlier this month. In the past few weeks, she's been performing songs from Simone's vast repertoire during a small and intimate tour.

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Music Interviews
2:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stephen Colbert's Most Meaningful Musical Moments

Stephen Colbert (right) performs with Ben Folds on the set of his TV show, The Colbert Report.
Kris Long

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 10:12 am

Stephen Colbert loves music and loves to sing. That's why Fresh Air's Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why. For example, as a kid, Colbert discovered his first lesson about character acting through "King Herod's Song" from Jesus Christ Superstar, even though he thought the words were scandalous at first: "Oh, so you are the Christ? You're the great Jesus Christ. Prove to me that you're no fool. Walk across my swimming pool."

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