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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.

BRONCHO On World Cafe

The aggressive Oklahoma-based band straddles the line between pop and punk. Their debut album Can't Get Past The Lips has 10 songs but clocks in at just 20 minutes.

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Another month means another genre-spanning mix of new music chosen by public radio's top DJs. Download new songs by Neko Case, Jason Marsalis, Valerie June, Porter Ray and many more.

Eleanor Friedberger's 'Personal Record' Examines The Little Things

The bulk of Friedberger's work thus far has been recorded with her brother, Matthew, under the name The Fiery Furnaces. For this new solo album, her second, she's written with a new collaborator in singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding.

Patty Griffin On World Cafe

The veteran singer-songwriter sits down with World Cafe's David Dye to perform songs from her latest album, American Kid. Along the way, she also shares stories about her father, whose passing inspired many of the new songs.

George Benson Follows The Path Of His 'Unforgettable' Idol

Benson and the late Nat King Cole have a lot in common: Both started as acclaimed jazz instrumentalists, but became pop stars when they started singing. Cole was a huge influence on Benson, and the guitarist — who turned 70 this spring — pays tribute on his latest album.