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Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'

A generation ago, the reclusive soul singer and guitarist released what would become his most acclaimed album, Inspiration Information. A new reissue brings the classic LP together with 25 years' worth of unreleased material.
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Authentic Early Jazz, From A 23-Year-Old 'WomanChild'

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry prizes. They took radically different paths to get there, but on Salvant's new album, they find ways to honor old traditions as young people.
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Hello Muddah, Hello Drama: The Brief Bloom Of Parodist Allan Sherman

Sherman worked a tight niche: classic songs rewritten to tickle a Jewish audience's funny bone. A new biography, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, explains how the performer's 1960s crossover fell in line with a collective awakening to ethnic identity in America.
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Eleanor Friedberger Unashamed Of Her Favorite Sounds

On her second solo release, the Fiery Furnaces singer mines the music of her birth decade. "I'm not embarrassed to say I love the sound of an Elton John record or I love the sound of a Carole King record," she says. "That's my taste."
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Quadron: For Love Of The Slow Jam

The Danish duo's members, Coco O. and Robin Hannibal, grew up with a love of 1970s soul music that wasn't widely shared in their hometown, Copenhagen. On their new album, Avalanche, that '70s sound is front and center.
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Darius Rucker Keeps Stoking His Country Style With 'True Believers'

Darius Rucker, famous for his rock music with Hootie and the Blowfish, has a third country music album out, called True Believers. He speaks with guest host Wade Goodwyn about his inspiration for the tracks on the album and the wide range of country music styles it covers.

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