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Miranda Lambert And The Soft Side Of Tough

With a catalog of songs heavy on revenge, guns, cigarettes and beer, Lambert has painted herself as one of country's bad girls. Her new album, Platinum, shows a more vulnerable side.
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The New Sound Of Young Nashville: 3 Country Artists To Watch

Ann Powers says Music City has never been more bohemian — and that's one reason why, alongside the glitz of mainstream country, the underground side of American roots music is booming there.
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TMM Editor Says The Song 'Take It Easy' Captures Spirit Of Show

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, Supervising Editor Alicia Montgomery shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.
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Singer Grace Griffith Pushes Through Parkinson's to Record Final Album

Despite dealing with Parkinson's Disease, this local singer-songwriter was committed to producing one final album.
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Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd

After decades hosting country greats, RCA Studio A is in jeopardy — and there are local music titans on both sides of the fight.
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Dublin Has Garth's Heart, But Not His Concerts Anymore

Garth Brooks has cancelled five concerts after the Dublin City Council refused to grant him more than three. Melissa Block speaks to Rachel Flaherty of The Irish Times about the controversy.
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Brazilian Singer Comes Out From Her Mother's Shadow, Honors Her Legacy

Maria Rita is the daughter of Elis Regina, one of Brazil's greatest singers, but she's also a star in her own right. In an encore broadcast, Rita talks about finding her own voice in the music world.
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A Reluctant Star, Sia Deals With Fame On Her Own Terms

The Australian singer never intended to be a pop star, but thanks to David Guetta, she was thrust into the spotlight. Now she's accepting her new stature without bending to the whim of others.
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Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

"Maybe black male singers are not supposed to sing about love," Eckstine said. "You're supposed to sing about hurt." Born 100 years ago this week, he ushered in a new era of modern jazz.
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For Audra McDonald, Experience And Raw Emotions Make Better Music

McDonald has won more Tony Awards than any other actress in Broadway history. In this encore broadcast, McDonald talks about funneling her personal emotions into the songs she sings on stage.

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