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Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.

Bob Crewe Knew How To Make Artists Sing

Bob Crewe co-wrote and produced such hits for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as "Walk Like A Man," "Rag Doll" and "Sherry." He died Thursday at the age of 83.

Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies At 75

Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders and reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes. NPR's Arun Rath has this remembrance.

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

On a new tribute to Waller, Moran explores his subject's many contradictions: "The son of a preacher, the man who likes to drink, the man who finds his sorrow but expresses it through comedy."

A Talent That Bridged Genres: Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies

Heard on songs by musicians from Miles Davis to Tupac Shakur, Joe Sample's music incorporated elements of soul and funk into jazz.

The Lush Twang Of Dobro-Times-Three In 'Three Bells'

The dobro is a fretless guitar that gives country and bluegrass its unique twang. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes about their new album, Three Bells.

Paul Thorn Got Music At Southern Churches, White And Black

Paul Thorn is a tough guy who sings the blues. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to the former-prizefighter-turned-musician about his new CD, Too Blessed to Be Stressed.

Remembering Biggie Smalls And 'Ready To Die' 20 Years Later

The writer dream hampton knew the rapper personally, and sat in on the studio sessions for his debut album.

Cosimo Matassa Made His Reputation Behind The Studio Glass

Cosimo Matassa recorded songs by Fats Domino, Little Richard, Professor Longhair and Jerry Lee Lewis and helped get the New Orleans sound out to the world. Matassa died Thursday at the age of 88.

Music Review: Sunny Sweeney's 'Provoked'

Singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney's Cinderella story started in a Texas bar, where she was discovered and signed by a Nashville record label. She hit the Billboard charts with her major label debut, but her personal life fell apart in the meantime. Sweeney tells her story on her latest album, Provoked.