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Kacey Musgraves: Country's Blunt And Poetic New Voice

The talented young singer-songwriter has as much in common with John Prine as she does with Kenny Chesney. With any luck, Same Trailer, Different Park is the start of a long career that will make both Musgraves' core audience and other open-minded listeners sit up and take notice.

Kail Baxley: Music From An Amateur Boxer Who Danced For James Brown

The singer-songwriter plays songs from his full-length debut, Heatstroke/The Wind and the War, and talks about how his father's funeral inspired "The Rebel."

Back In The Studio, Neko Case Recovers 'That Fire'

Morning Edition checks in with the singer-songwriter as she finishes the follow-up to 2009's Middle Cyclone, due out later this year.

Listening Back To An Interview With Phil Ramone

Ramone started out as a sound engineer for Lesley Gore, and went on to work with Simon and Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra. He died Saturday at the age of 79. Fresh Air remembers him by listening back to a 1995 interview. He talks about losing old demos and being mistaken for a member of The Ramones.

Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks

Winter Morning Walks, an album featuring jazz composer Maria Schneider and soprano Dawn Upshaw, revolves around meditations on nature and beauty by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. All three artists have had battles with cancer — when, Schneider says, "everything in life becomes heightened."

Chic Gamine: The Girl-Group Sound, Stripped To Its Bones

Call it minimal Motown: The Canadian band is four singers, a drummer — and that's it.