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Daughn Gibson: Story Songs Born Of An Odd-Job Life

Gibson is a spiritual heir of Johnny Cash: a deep-voiced country singer whose songs are filled with characters of questionable morality — or just pure evil.

Frank Turner: A Punk Poet With A Confessional Streak

The British singer-songwriter says drawing from his own life is crucial to crafting meaningful lyrics. His new album is called Tape Deck Heart.

Phoenix On World Cafe

The French indie-rock band performs songs from their latest album Bankrupt! and the earlier Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in Philadelphia.
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Ricky Skaggs: "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music"

Grammy Award-winning musician Ricky Skaggs reflects on 50 years of playing bluegrass and country hits. In a new memoir, he recalls his early days as a child prodigy in Kentucky and later performing with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.


Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91

The couple shared a lifetime of collaboration. She died Tuesday, just shy of their 70th wedding anniversary.
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'MetroSongs' Musician Makes Metro His Muse

When singer-songwriter Jason Mendelson moved to D.C. from Florida, he found musical inspiration in an unexpected place: the Metro system.


Country Star Randy Travis In Critical Condition After Stroke

The singer was hospitalized on Sunday for treatment of a viral respiratory illness. He was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Travis, 54, suffered a stroke on Wednesday and underwent surgery that night to relieve pressure on his brain.

Robin Thicke, Beyond His Breakout Hit

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne speaks with NPR music critic Ann Powers about singer Robin Thicke, who spent a decade recording smooth, sexy R&B before hitting the top of the pop charts with his current single, "Blurred Lines."

Experience The Legacy Of The Civil Rights Movement In Song

As part of our ongoing coverage of the civil rights movement and the summer of 1963, NPR Music has created a stream of more than 100 songs inspired by that era.

Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley takes inspiration from the Wallowa mountain range on his new album Crossing the Passes. On Boss of the Plains, Chicago-based trio Wheelhouse makes music that evokes the Great Plains and wind chimes on a porch when the weather changes.