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The Goat Rodeo Sessions On World Cafe

The group features Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile.

El Rego: A Singer From Benin With Soul And Funk

For many years, the search for unknown or forgotten soul singers has dug deeply into music archives. But surprises still turn up. Music critic Milo Miles says this year's best discovery is a West African singer and bandleader named El Rego.

20 Years On, Tori Amos Redefines The Classics

In the two decades since her platinum breakthrough Little Earthquakes, the eight-time Grammy nominee has released 11 more studio albums and turned out hits in a range of genres. Amos' new record, Night of Hunters, features a new voice: her daughter's. Watch and hear a studio performance.

Garland Jeffreys On World Cafe

The eclectic rock veteran returns with his first new album in 15 years, The King of in Between.

The Story Of The Chitlin' Circuit's Great Performers

Before the Civil Rights movement, segregated American cities helped give birth to the Chitlin' Circuit, a touring revue that provided employment for hundreds of black musicians. Rock historian Ed Ward profiles two recent books which illuminate the conditions these musicians endured.

Ken Tucker's Top 10: The Year In Music

Fresh Air's critic looks back on a fruitful year and lists his favorite music releases of 2011.