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4:19 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives

Across six decades, the combination of innovative design and talented players has helped the Stratocaster not only persevere, but rule. John Mayer had the Fender Custom Shop design this one in 2009.
Fender Musical Instruments

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:06 am

Quick: Name an American product that's had a worldwide impact, is more popular than ever, yet still looks the same as it did when it was introduced more than a half-century ago? Here's a hint: It might be the only musical instrument whose fame rivals that of the people who've played it.

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Music News
5:00 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Wilko Johnson (left) and Roger Daltrey play a benefit for Pancreatic Cancer UK in London.
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Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:23 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Midwinter Musing

Courtesy of the artist

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season. You'll hear a number of selections appropriate for this darkest time of the year, including music from Irish choral group Anúna with the Ulster Orchestra.

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Monkey See
10:31 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Billy Joel
Courtesy of Myrna Suarez

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 1:36 pm

I don't know when people started to think they could successfully make fun of you for being a person who grew up listening to a lot of Billy Joel — and perhaps still does — but they can all forget it.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:42 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

Mimi Fix
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Guitarist Mimi Fox is in the vanguard of invigorating the jazz guitar tradition. She possesses a pure tone and an amazing set of chops and cooks whether playing bebop or ballads.

Her compositional abilities are evident on this 2006 Piano Jazz as she plays her own tune "Perpetually Hip." With host Marian McPartland on piano and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, Fox tears up the fret board on "What is This Thing Called Love."

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