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World Cafe
1:40 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Sara Watkins On World Cafe

Sara Watkins.
Aaron Redfield

Former Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins is a musical protege, both as a vocalist and as a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Watkins enjoyed widespread success in Nickel Creek, which included her older brother Sean and childhood friend Chris Thile.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:04 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

How Slow Can You Go?

What happens when musicians slow the music way down?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:55 pm

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Music Interviews
5:21 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Bill Fay: A Cult Figure Returns, Skeptical But Optimistic

Bill Fay's new album Life Is People is out August 21.
Courtesy of Steve Gullick

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 3:19 pm

In the early 1970s, British musician Bill Fay recorded a couple of luscious folk albums — which didn't sell very well. Fay was dropped from label after label, and though he continued to write his storybook songs over the years, he eventually fell off the map.

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Music Interviews
2:23 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Rhiannon: An Improviser Resists The Urge To Reuse

"There was this sensation of going on a journey together, without seat belts," says Rhiannon of her band's first totally improvised performance. Her newest album is called Spontaneous.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:14 pm

If you ever listened to jazz vocalists and wondered if you could ever in your life scat like them, there's someone who's willing to teach you. The vocalist Rhiannon has long held the importance of improvisation as a personal credo, and in her career has blended that art form with jazz, world music and storytelling.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
9:26 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Next Time on All This Jazz: "The Less-Familiar Ellington"

Howdy, kids. Sorry about the prolonged absence, blog-wise; I'm still away from the studio on vacation.

I'll be back soon enough, but in the meantime I wanted to quickly preview the "re-broadcast" that we have on deck for tonight's edition of All This Jazz (that is, for our 8/18/12 show).

The second-hour theme for this program, which first aired in December of 2010, is pretty special --- it's "The Less-Familiar Ellington."

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Favorite Sessions
6:14 am
Sat August 18, 2012

The Devil Makes Three: Punk Ethos With A Country Twang

Folk Alley

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:25 pm

Based on their instruments, they seem like an old-time string band; based on their appearance, they seem like they might play punk music. The answer lies somewhere in between. Pete Bernhard (guitar) and Cooper McBean (banjo) grew up in New England to parents who liked ragtime and old blues. The two moved to Santa Cruz temporarily, where they met Lucia Turino (upright bass), and The Devil Makes Three was born. (For our session, Adam Chilenski fills in for Lucia, who had a broken arm.)

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Newport Folk Festival
6:15 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Tallest Man On Earth performs at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:19 am

Kristian Matsson, the smallish Swede who performs under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, sings, plays guitar and occasionally takes a turn at the piano. That's all there is to his act: no backing band, no frills. Heck, he barely needs amplification, given the volume at which he performs. But that right there — the gigantic force of his delivery, the percussive hyper-dexterity of his playing — is part of what makes him so magnetic on stage. On paper, he's just another poet strumming a guitar.

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A Blog Supreme
5:27 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Jazz Goes Honky-Tonkin': The Songs Of Hank Williams

Hank Williams has written plenty of tunes covered by jazz artists over the years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:12 am

Hank Williams was a great singer-songwriter who forged his own brand of honky-tonk music from a variety of influences: country, folk, blues, gospel and jazz. Yes, jazz.

If you haven't listened to his music in a while you might not recall — Williams had swing. And even if some jazz listeners have forgotten that fact, many jazz players haven't. Here then are five jazz artists out of many who have taken Williams' music and put their own spins on it.

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Piano Jazz
4:17 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

Melissa Walker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 11:05 am

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

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The Record
4:08 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Music As The Ultimate Rebel Yell

Thomas Mapfumo wrote one of the most famous revolutionary songs, "Hokoyo."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:18 pm

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