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11:07 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Dawes Knows Where It's Been And Where It's Headed

Noah Abrams Big Hassle

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 8:27 am

If you heard the Dawes song "Just Beneath the Surface" and said, "Somebody's been listening to their old Jackson Browne albums," you're not exactly insulting Dawes. The band has actually backed Browne on tour — and Browne has sung backup on at least one of its songs — so you could say that Dawes comes by its riffs and phrasing honestly.

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Field Recordings
7:37 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway

Gregory Porter.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:29 pm

Subway entertainers are a mixed bag, but in the arts mecca of New York City, they're often overqualified — so much so that bands and other musical acts need to audition to even set up underground. And those are just the "official" performers.

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The Record
4:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

When The Right One Comes Along: How 'Nashville' Tells Stories In Song

Characters Scarlett O'Connor and Gunnar Scott are young, unknown artists in Nashville, just like the songwriters behind their song, "When the Right One Comes Along."
Katherine Bomboy-Thornton ABC

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 8:28 am

With Nashville's first season about to wrap up — and a second one just ordered — the prime-time TV drama has found a niche audience on Wednesdays. The soundtrack has also enjoyed pop chart success.

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World Cafe
1:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Next: Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:18 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson describes herself as an "unfunny Woody Allen," which is another way of saying that her work channels her obsessions with death and doubt. On her third album, Wheel, she finds a way to make it all sound downright jaunty.

Stevenson came to her more folk leanings from roots in punk, as well as a musical family; her grandfather, choral director Harry Simeone, was responsible for "Little Drummer Boy." Listen to two songs from Wheel on this page.

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Mountain Stage
1:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Robben Ford On Mountain Stage

Robben Ford.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:10 pm

Robben Ford makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Host Larry Groce is effusive in his praise: "If you see a list of the greatest guitar players of the last 50 years that doesn't include Robben Ford on it," he says, "be suspicious."

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