Music

Piano Jazz
9:25 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz

Willie Nelson.
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Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson was born April 30, 1933, in the small farming community of Abbott, Texas. His early interest in music came about through singing in church, and he wrote his first song at age 7. By age 9, he'd begun playing in a local band; after high school, Nelson served briefly in the Air Force and studied at Baylor University. In the mid-'50s, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas and Washington state, played in honky-tonks and continued to write songs.

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Heavy Rotation
9:02 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

KCEP in Las Vegas can't stop playing Avant's new jam, "You and I," which features R&B singer Keke Wyatt.
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Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 12:19 pm

Every so often, people at an NPR station discover a song they can't get enough of. On those occasions, we ask them to share their obsession with the nation. Ben Famous is the music director at KCEP Power88 in Las Vegas. He spoke to Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about a new cut from R&B heavyweight Avant. It's called "You and I," and it features Keke Wyatt. "The first time we played it," says Famous, "the phone lines lit up, and people were like, 'Who was that?' 'What was that?'"

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Thistle and Shamrock
4:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: A Case For Guitar

Arty McGlynn
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Virtuoso players in Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany are raising the bar for roots-inspired acoustic guitar music.

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Music Reviews
4:07 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

On Record, A Husband And Wife Are 'Familiar Strangers'

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, both country stars in their own right, recently released the collaborative album Wreck and Ruin.
Helen Clemens Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 5:06 pm

In their native Australia, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are chart-topping country stars. Young, beautiful, talented and married, they seem to live a charmed life. They travel with their baby daughter, Poet, and perform all over the world together. But their new album, Wreck & Ruin, gives fans a peek into some of their darker material.

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All Songs Considered
4:00 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Song Premiere: Laura Gibson, 'The Carob Trees'

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It's been fascinating to watch the creative development of Laura Gibson, the singer-songwriter who, among other things, inspired NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts series.

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