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Carpenter's 'Ashes And Roses' Shaped By Grief

Over the last few years, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter's life has been drastically transformed. In 2007, she suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Her marriage ended soon after, and then her father died. She channeled her grief from those experiences into Ashes and Roses.
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David Wax Museum On World Cafe

The band captures a mix of Americana and Latin influences on its new album, Knock Knock Get Up.
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A Ska And Jazz Innovator Bridges Continents And Decades

On his latest album, Avila, guitarist Ernest Ranglin enlists three younger musicians to make African- and Caribbean-inflected music that's built to last.
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Delta Rae: Modern Folklore Music

The North Carolina sextet, largely influenced by mythology and the supernatural, puts a new spin on loss throughout Carry The Fire. Delta Rae's new album also tackles loneliness and, of course, love.
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The Sound Of James Bond: Vic Flick's Surf Guitar

The studio musician was paid $15 to punch up the song you hear every time you think of James Bond.
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Waylon Jennings: The 'Last Recordings' Of A Dreamer

Known for his gritty baritone, Jennings embodied the outlaw side of country music. He was 64 when he died of complications from diabetes, leaving behind a collection of vocal tracks that remained unfinished until now.

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