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James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

You've heard guitarist James Burton even if you don't know it. Ever since he was 15, he's been recording behind a bewildering number of artists, from Ricky Nelson to Ray Charles. He also managed to put out some records on his own. Rock historian Ed Ward shares his story.
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Chuck Brown Memorial Services Scheduled For Next Week

Memorial services for go-go legend Chuck Brown have been scheduled for next week.


Eurovision 2012: The Babushkas Make It To The Final

This week, Europeans can forget about the debt crisis and politics for a moment. Six grandmothers, a half-Congolese Ukrainian singer and Eleftheria Eleftheriou are competing in the international singing competition held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Janiva Magness On World Cafe

The blues singer talks about music informed by tragedy — and plays songs from her new album, Stronger For It, live in the studio.

Regina Spektor Still Doesn't Write Anything Down

Through early live bootlegs uploaded to the Internet by fans, Spektor culled 10 years' worth of songs for her new album. "It gives me so much relief to know that they're somewhere," Spektor says.

How Wes Anderson Soundtracks His Movies

You might not recognize the name Randall Poster, but you're likely familiar with his work. Poster picks out and licenses music used in commercials, TV and film. He's worked closely with director Wes Anderson on films like Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom.