9:23 am
Fri July 6, 2012

The Infamous Stringdusters, Silver Sky, Feature CD, July 27

The Infamous Stringdusters' latest studio recording Silver Sky was released in March on High Country Recordings.  It's the band's fourth studio album, produced by Billy Hume, better known for his work with hip-hop artists.  A pledge campaign provided the funding for the album and tour, with incentives given to donors such as song dedications and signed memorabilia. Progressive thinkers and musicians, the Dusters' stellar artistry, great composing and vibrant synchronicity has delivered another great recording. 

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8:48 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Cassandra Wilson, Another Country, Feature CD, July 20

Creatively, Cassandra Wilson has never rested on her laurels, and her new album, Another Country, is no exception to the rule. Nine of the ten songs are composed by Ms. Wilson and/or her collaborating partner, guitarist-producer Fabrizio Sotti, with the tenth a very special arrangement by the duo of the classic aria, O Sole Mio. Recorded in Florence, Italy, the entire sound of the album is intimate, guitar-driven, and lushly romantic. Launched by the lead single, Red Guitar, Another Country is poised to invigorate Cassandra's intensely loyal fan base as well as greet new audiences.

8:45 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Willie Nelson, Heroes, Feature CD, July 13

Willie Nelson's new album, Heroes, features 13 brand new recordings, produced by Buddy Cannon, and featuring a host of guest artists.

The songs take on a reflective, emotional tone and move from heartfelt (a stunning rendition of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe") to humor (on "Roll Me Up" with guest vocalist Snoop Dogg). Other guest vocalists on the album include Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnston, Billy Joe Shaver and Sheryl Crow. Sons Lukas and Micah Nelson also feature prominently, making this a real family affair.

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Favorite Sessions
1:03 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Chastity Brown: A Promising New Voice

Chastity Brown performs on The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 2:30 pm

On her breakout album Back-Road Highways, songwriter Chastity Brown combines the influences of her Southern upbringing and her adopted Minneapolis to dramatic effect. Brown's wrenching, heartfelt delivery will please fans of soul and vocal-driven pop, while the addition of banjo finds her exploring traditional Americana and expanding her sonic palette.

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World Cafe
11:45 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Neil Young On World Cafe

Neil Young.
Danny Clinch

Neil Young's dozens of albums and myriad side projects showcase his incredible range and stylistic flexibility. His music has gone from the soft folk of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to the loud, raucous rock of Crazy Horse.

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Music Interviews
1:13 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Neil Young's Fascination With 'Americana'

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 9:08 am

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
3:59 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

An Immigrant's Tale, With Neil Diamond's Siren Song

Neil Diamond's "Coming To America" played an especially memorable part in one NPR listener's adolescence.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 5:06 pm

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All Songs Considered
12:27 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

George Harrison's Son, Dhani And Thenewno2, Rapper El-P, Lawrence Arabia, More

Clockwise from upper row: Thenewno2, Lawrence Arabia, The Do
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 7:45 am

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:39 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 3


Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:48 pm

Another week brings more surprises in our search for the albums everyone can love. According to our most recent poll, a third of you haven't heard the one record we've probably pimped more than any other on All Songs Considered: Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago. Really? A third of you haven't even heard it?

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Music Reviews
10:23 am
Tue July 3, 2012

The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years

The dB's.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 1:05 pm

If there was any doubt that The dB's have any use for being considered through the haze of memory, or limited to the misty fondness from fans who remember them from the early 80s, the blast that opens their new album Falling Off the Sky, a song called "That Time Is Gone," could not be more explicit. Group leaders Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, along with drummer Will Rigby and bassist Gene Holder, are taking back their sound after 30 years, sprucing it up and re-exploding it for the days we live in now.

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