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Americana Music Awards
8:54 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 7:44 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
8:54 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 7:43 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
8:54 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 7:43 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
8:53 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 7:42 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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All Songs TV
7:34 am
Wed April 8, 2015

John Moreland, 'Cherokee'

John Moreland.
Kris Payne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:42 am

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Music News
5:04 am
Wed April 8, 2015

'American Pie' Lyrics Sell At Auction For $1.2 Million

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 10:20 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AMERICAN PIE")

DON MCLEAN: (Singing) Bye, bye, Miss American Pie.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Music Reviews
3:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Review: Billy Kelly And Molly Ledford, 'Trees'

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:54 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Musicians Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly met accidentally. What started as an unusual friendship grew into a musical collaboration. Their debut album together is simply called "Trees." Kids music reviewer Stefan Shepherd has their story.

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All Songs Considered
12:05 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New Mix: Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand With Sparks, Killer Mike & MNDR, More

Clockwise, from upper left: FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks), Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, Killer Mike, MNDR, BC Camplight
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 7:36 am

On this week's All Songs Considered we talk about the secrets to being happy and how they relate to a euphoric new track from the electro-pop group Passion Pit. We'll hear the first song from Franz Ferdinand's collaboration with one of Bob Boilen's favorite bands from the early '70s — the wild, strange and playful duo Sparks. Together, as FFS, they cordially invite everyone to "piss off!"

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The Record
9:56 am
Tue April 7, 2015

A (Nearly) Comprehensive Guide To The Music Of 'Mad Men'

Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in an episode of Mad Men's sixth season.
Michael Yarish AMC

Pay a visit to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image to see its blockbuster show Matthew Weiner's Mad Men, and toward the end of the exhibit you will find a lonely kiosk.

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Music Articles
9:39 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 5:54 pm

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