Music News
6:14 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Van Dyke Parks Lights Up Songs From Inside

Over the course of nearly five decades, Van Dyke Parks has released an album under his own name roughly every five years. His latest, Songs Cycled, is a nod to his similarly titled solo debut.
Henry Diltz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 2:06 pm

At age 70, Van Dyke Parks has worked with artists from just about every genre, including The Beach Boys, U2 and Skrillex. But every now and then he takes some time to focus on his own material.

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Music Interviews
6:14 am
Sat July 27, 2013

In A Desert Encampment, Songs Of A Vanishing Way Of Life

The musicians of Etran Finatawa come from the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, two nomadic groups who have historically been rivals.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 8:20 am

In January, English musician and record producer Colin Bass found himself in the midst of an extraordinary assignment. Bass had traveled, with microphones and recording equipment in tow, to the Sahara desert to meet up with a musical group called Etran Finatawa.

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Song Travels
4:03 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Chris Young On 'Song Travels'

Chris Young.
James Minchin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:00 pm

Chris Young was the 2006 winner of the TV series Nashville Star. His first three albums have produced five No. 1 hits, and he was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his single "Gettin' You Home."

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World Cafe
3:03 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell On World Cafe

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:14 pm

Steve Martin is a true Renaissance man, having run the gamut of accomplishments from acting to writing to art collecting. He's also an award-winning banjo player, offering easy, lilting banjo melodies alongside former New Bohemian Edie Brickell's lyrics on the duo's latest album, Love Has Come For You.

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Mountain Stage
3:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Johnnyswim On Mountain Stage

Johnnysmith perform on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 12:51 pm

Based in Nashville via Los Angeles, the husband and wife duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez have been performing together for nearly a decade as Johnnyswim. Now they make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

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