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Reports: Singer Eydie Gorme Dies At 84

Gorme, known for her range both as a solo act and teamed with husband Steve Lawrence, died Saturday in Las Vegas, according to published reports. She was 84.
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Preserving Old-Time Music In Augusta

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of a project at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, that may seem like a no-brainer today. But when it began in 1972, the idea of creating workshops to preserve traditional culture in an institutional setting was not as widely accepted as it is in our era of global culture. The Augusta Heritage Center at Davis & Elkins is dedicated to preserving the traditional arts and crafts ... and music ... of the Appalachian Mountains. Stephanie Coleman reports on Augusta's internationally recognized music camps.
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The American Symphonic Legacy: Not Just For White Guys

Up until recently, the likely composers of the great American symphony looked remarkably similar: all white, overwhelmingly male. But recent developments have opened up the doors to composers who were once lost to history.
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'Something Being Born': On Making A Classic Album With A Boombox

More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools. A good recording, he says, isn't just a matter of fidelity — as with good food, it's all about what you like.
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Jack Clement Worked With Some Of Country Music's Best

We remember recording producer Cowboy Jack Clements, who died Thursday in Nashville at the age of 82. In the 1950s, he helped record Elvis, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison when he worked at Sun Records in Memphis. He also discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and began a life-long friendship with Johnny Cash. Clement later provided the signature sound to one of Cash's biggest hits, "Ring of Fire."
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Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

On the new album Pushin' Against a Stone, the Tennessean surveys a spectrum of her home state's signature sounds. She tells NPR's Audie Cornish that she got over old anxieties about her singing voice by embracing it as a storytelling tool.
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Shout Out Louds On World Cafe

Having worked together for a decade, the Swedish indie-pop band goes lighter on its recent Optica.
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Remembering The People's Throat Singer Of Tuva

In a 1999 interview, Kongar-Ol Ondar demonstrates his ancient style of singing for Terry Gross.
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On Vine, Brands Look To Deliver Their Message In Six Seconds

With the smartphone app known as Vine users are creating short video stories, making Internet celebrities out of everyday users. The app's most popular members have millions of followers. With such a large audience, companies like Virgin Mobile and MTV are paying users to produce videos for them.
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The Olms On World Cafe

On their new collaborative album, Pete Yorn and J.D. King blend jangly folk with psychedelic vibes.

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