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Two Treasures of The Nashville Americana Scene Collaborate – It’s Buddy & Jim
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Nashville’s Moon Taxi Grows Their Unique Indie-Prog-Jazz-Folk Style On Their New Album Cabaret
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Singer-Songwriter Caitlin Rose’s First Musical Love Certainly Wasn’t Country
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World Cafe Sense Of Place Visit To Nashville Kicks Off With The Indie-Pop of Leagues
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How A Broken Leg, A 1930’s Graphic Novel And A New Studio All Lead To Jim James’ "Regions Of Light and Sound Of God"

May 13, 2013 - There have been albums under the name Yim Yames and projects with the New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk but Regions Of Light and Sound of God is the first bearing Jim James’ own name.
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Mercury Prize Nominated Jessie Ware Grows Into The Success of Her Debut Devotion

August 19, 2013 - Soul-inspired singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is not the first to make it from backing vocalist to the front of the stage. Didn’t Sheryl Crow once back Michael Jackson?
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A Singer With A Gorgeous High Voice? An Album Recorded In A Cabin? But Night Beds Are Not Bon Iver!
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Kail Baxley Danced For James Brown, Boxed as an Amateur, and Found The Truth About His Father at His Funeral
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Guitar God Richard Thompson Plays Electric Acoustic
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More than forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix's music is still relevant today. His new album release, People, Hell & Angels debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 list and the single charted at Number One.
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Performing and recording under the name Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick draws on elements of soul, jazz, Latin disco, funk and modern pop. With Toro Y Moi's 2010 debut, Causers of This, Bundick became a pioneer of what's often called chillwave.
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Some of Today’s Best, Most Authentic, Live Reggae Comes from Kingston Los Angeles!
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Billy Bragg Nicknames Himself The "Sherpa Of Heartbreak" on His Quieter New Album

May 6, 2013 - Produced by Grammy award winning producer, Joe Henry, Bragg draws heavily on inspiration from his collaboration with Wilco on "Mermaid Avenue," a collection of Woody Guthrie songs brought to life by their collaboration, and includes a Woody Guthrie cover.
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From Gorilla Manor in LA to Brooklyn and Back: The Odyssey of Local Natives Second Album April 15, 2013 - Recently releasing their sophomore album Hummingbird on Frenchkiss Records this past January, this Los Angeles based indie rock band, known as the Local Natives, has sparked a lot of discussion on their highly-anticipated album release.
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Hear the Story of The Miraculous Physical Recovery That Lead to The Lone Bellow's Unexpected Debut

April 29, 2013 - Unexpectedly hailing from Brooklyn, New York is The Lone Bellow, a country-rock trio whose members have long resided in the roots of the South.
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Los Angeles quartet, Allah-Las, channel '60s psych and garage rock on their self-titled debut.
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Trixie Whitley delivers emotionally compelling, heart-on-her-sleeve songs fueled by a passionate honesty and her searing guitar and piano.
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Two Generations of Blues Inspire Each Other

April 22, 2013 - Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are here to play music from the new album Get Up for us live.
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The Avett Brothers Stomp And Sing And Tell Their Story

May 27, 2013 - Scott and Seth Avett formed The Avett Brothers in their hometown of Concord, N.C. With an inspired mix of bluegrass, folk, pop, country and rock, the Avetts create a raw sound that can be solemn, energetic or catchy — sometimes all at the same time.
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One of the most haunting yet captivating bands, Y La Bamba is an alternative latino ensemble hailing from Portland, Oregon. Formed in 2008, the band has enjoyed constant support from the Portland local music scene. Infusing traditional Mexican music and old school Mexican 30’s music with alternative rock, Y La Bamba guides listeners through an emotional journey where one can visit the finely tuned melodies of Latin-inspired music.
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America’s best narrative songwriter has taken a turn toward the personal with songs coming in the aftermath of his divorce.

June 20, 2013 - Known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics, it is no wonder that critics dub Idaho native Josh Ritter as one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters.”
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In 2010, Lights turned all spotlights onto Ellie Goulding. The English singer-songwriter’s debut album rose to number one on the UK Albums Chart that year and has since sold over 850,000 copies.
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The Quiet Intensity of The XX is Intact on their 2nd Album Coexist.
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The fact that 1920's jazz age music is the only music Bryan Ferry listens to now is clear on Bryan Ferry Orchestra's critically acclaimed album The Jazz Age. The album finds Ferry doing a lot of listening
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Initially entering the music industry in the 1970s with their exhilarating single “Walking On,” The Relatives clearly demonstrated to avid fans across the nation
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