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Recording the Capital: A Musical History of D.C.

The musical history of the Washington area goes deeper than Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown. But much of the music recorded here in the 20th century, from early rock and roll to bluegrass to jazz, was forgotten about long ago. Kojo chats with Jay Bruder, the host of "The Hometown Special" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, about the recorded musical history of the nation's capital.

D.C.'s Music Playlist

Listen to some of the District's most famous tracks in our Spotify playlist below.

Jay Bruder of WAMU 88.5's Bluegrass Country offers this playlist as an introduction to the D.C.'s rich musical history.

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