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Vince Gill And Paul Franklin Ain't 'Foolin' Around' With Bakersfield Sound

The country-music star and steel guitarist's new album features Merle Haggard and Buck Owens covers.
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KT Tunstall On World Cafe

The singer-songwriter's latest album contains eerie predictions of a troubled personal life.
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Violinist Amanda Shires Picks Up The Pieces

Shires has had a rough year: First she was sidelined by a broken finger, then her 150-year-old violin was broken while she looked on. She discusses her recovery and her new album, Down Fell The Doves.
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Finding Redemption In The Karaoke Bar

Rob Sheffield had his life pulled out from him 16 years ago when his wife died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. He overcame his grief through singing karaoke, and tells about it in his new book, "Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke."
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'The Weatherman': A Rambler's Folky Manifesto

Songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov grew up bouncing from city to city, and it shows in his music. He and his band visit Weekend Edition Sunday to perform songs from his latest album.
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Heartache Gives KT Tunstall's New Album A Split Personality

The Scottish singer's latest, "Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon," was recorded in two sessions, which fell on either side of a life-changing summer.
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Songs Of Africa: Beautiful Music With A Violent History

Part of understanding African sacred music means thinking about its colonial context. It's the music of oppressed people combined with the music of their oppressors. For decades, Fred Onovwerosuoke has collected and arranged this music for choral groups.
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The Civil Wars' Joy Williams On The Duo's Fragile Bond

The second album from Williams and John Paul White comes on the heels of an abrupt, public falling-out. In an extended conversation, Williams says the duo's relationship, while not romantic, was always built on a precarious kind of tension.
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Big Country On World Cafe

Hear the Scottish band play a handful of its passionate, anthemic songs from the past and present.
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Rhye On World Cafe

Watch the duo perform by candlelight, recorded live by NPR Music at New York's Le Poisson Rouge.

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