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Six Decades Later, A Long-Lost Hank Williams Recording Resurfaces

A recently re-discovered recording of Hank Williams is getting a release. Guest host Colin Escott and Jett Williams speak about the recording, called The Garden Spot Recordings, 1950.
Saturday, May 31, 2014

34th Annual Washington Folk Festival

The Washington area celebrates traditional music, dance, storytelling and craftsmanship at Glen Echo park this year for the 34th Annual Washington Folk Festival.


How Do You Wring Sound From Sculpture? It Takes A 'Quiet Pride'

Jazz bassist Rufus Reid has played with just about everybody in the mainstream jazz world, but his latest project is a work exploring the intersection of music and the visual arts.

The Three Kinds Of Posthumous Albums (And Where Michael Jackson Fits In)

Generally, new releases from deceased musicians fall into one of three categories. Michael Jackson's Xscape matches none of them exactly — but as part of his continuing story, it's a perfect fit.

Lisa Jen's Otherworldly Sound In Welsh With 'Tincian'

Mixing new sounds with an old language, singer Lisa Jen performs in her native Welsh with the group 9Bach. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jen about the group's new album, Tincian.

'The Cunning Little Vixen' Pokes Her Head Into An Animated Forest

A new production of Leos Janácek's opera takes on a longstanding challenge: how to turn human singers into animals without making them look ridiculous. The answer? Animate them.

Talking Blues With Hozier, A One-Man Irish Invasion

The 24-year-old singer is poised to be the next big music export from across the Atlantic. Hear Hozier speak with NPR's Melissa Block and perform a few songs live in the studio.

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand?

In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

That June, Miles Davis played four nights at the New York rock palace Fillmore East. Those performances are now out in full for the first time.

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi pulls no punches when talking about a failed relationship. She says it even became the inspiration of her latest album.