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Bluegrass Musician Norman Blake Releases An Album Of Original Songs

Blake has performed for more than 60 years. He was in Johnny Cash's band and played on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album. Now 77, his new album is called Wood, Wire and Words.
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How A Blind Maryland Boy Defines His Life With His Music, Not His Disability

Cole Moran, 12, has been blind since birth; now he's gaining recognition for his talent as a harmonica player.

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'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.
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Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

Malaby has merged his two trios — with a cello and a tuba — into a quartet called Tubacello. Their new album is Scorpion Eater. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says he hopes to hear from them again.
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Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.
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Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

As the Austin, Texas, music festival enters its 28th year, concerns continue over corporate branding and security.
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Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

Traditional country musicians, the kind who never get airplay on mainstream country radio stations, are thriving in regional scenes supported by devoted live audiences.
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For Spanish Bagpiper, 'Celtic Connection' Crosses Borders And Millennia

For gaita player Carlos Núñez, there's an undeniable bond between Celtic sounds and the music of his native Galicia region in Spain.

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In South Africa, Soulful Music Delivers Serious Messages

Johannesburg-based band The Muffinz tackles AIDS, politics and education while blending jazz, soul and R&B with their country's choral traditions.
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Oboist Reclaims Mozart's Lost Contemporaries

For the new album Lost and Found, a Berlin Philharmonic oboist unearthed concertos by fine but forgotten composers from Mozart's time.

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