Music

Americana Music Awards
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Cassandra Wilson, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Cassandra Wilson performing at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:44 am

Putting her glorious pipes to work on Willie Dixon's "I Want To Be Loved," Cassandra Wilson offered a master class in vocal restraint at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Where she could have easily reached for the rafters, Wilson chose to follow the song's lead and, instead, slide down into more sultry terrain.

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Americana Music Awards
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Sturgill Simpson, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Sturgill Simpson Performing At The 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:43 am

Introduced at the Americana Music Awards as "the hero of outlaw country" by Elizabeth Cook (who surely knows of what she speaks), Sturgill Simpson did his darnedest not to disappoint as he ripped and roared through "Life Of Sin" from his breakthrough album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.

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Americana Music Awards
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

'The Long Way Around': Jackson Browne, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Jackson Browne Performing At The 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:43 am

Winner of the 2014 Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne demonstrated exactly why the honor was bestowed upon him with a rendering of "The Long Way Around," a cut from his album Standing In The Breach.

The song wraps a melody around a look back at his life and times, touching on gun violence, environmental destruction, income inequality and other issues. But, as he always does, Browne burnishes the politics with poetry.

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Americana Music Awards
9:53 am
Wed April 8, 2015

'Fountain Of Sorrow': Jackson Browne, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Jackson Browne Performing At The 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:42 am

For his second song in a performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Jackson Browne reached back 40 years to play "Fountain Of Sorrow," from 1974's classic Late For The Sky.

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Music Articles
11:16 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Billie Holiday has become a mythic presence in absentia.
William Gottlieb Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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World Cafe
3:47 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: Humming House

Humming House.
Courtesy of the artist

On this week's episode of World Cafe: Next, hear and download two songs by the Nashville band Humming House. The group's third album, Revelries, features the songwriting of Justin Wade Tam with the addition of vocalist Leslie Rodriguez. Throughout the record, Humming House synthesizes influences from the Celtic and bluegrass worlds to create strong folk songs.

World Cafe
3:41 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett On World Cafe

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:21 am

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Music Interviews
2:20 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

"I'm more and more coming to the idea," composer Philip Glass says, "that it's the lineage and the connection to the past and the connection to the future — that is the real connection."
Eamonn McCabe Redferns

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 3:21 pm

When composer Philip Glass started performing his own music, a lot of people didn't know what to make of it. Some people thought it sounded like the needle of a record was stuck in a groove, repeating over and over again. Some people thought it was simplistic. Some thought it was a joke. Glass says that in the '70s, audience members threw things at him while he was performing.

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Music Interviews
4:08 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Cassandra Wilson 'Couldn't Wait' To Reinvent The Billie Holiday Songbook

Cassandra Wilson's Billie Holiday tribute album is titled Coming Forth By Day.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:54 am

Vocalist Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago this week. Today, her place in music history is clear.

"I think we witness in Billie Holiday's music the beginning of the jazz vocal age, really," fellow vocalist Cassandra Wilson says. "Her phrasing is very conversational, and it swings — it moves with the musicians. She's very much in charge of her place in the music. She's in control of the story, and in control of her cadence."

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Deceptive Cadence
4:30 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Violinist Hilary Hahn Remembers Her Earliest Influences

Violinist Hilary Hahn.
Peter Miller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 5:25 pm

Violinist Hilary Hahn is known for putting together some unusual programs. On her latest album, she pairs Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major with 19th century Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor.

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