Dec 12, 2013 — Murder ballads — dark, brutal story-songs that tend to claim the lives of women — occupy a significant place in American roots music. A new song by Jim Lauderdale gives a few of those women a second act.
Dec 12, 2013 — Chris Luedecke isn't actually old, but his music clearly draws from his remarkable ear for music and melodies of years gone by. Hear the multi-instrumentalist perform songs from his latest album, Tender Is the Night, live in Tennessee.
Dec 11, 2013 — The five virtuoso musicians came together to form an unconventional string band with influences from the worlds of pop, rock and spoken word. Hear the group perform songs from its latest album, Roll Me, Tumble Me, recorded live in Tennessee.
Dec 10, 2013 — Widely regarded as one of the most exciting performers in roots music, Jarosz continues to embrace her bluegrass background while incorporating influences from pop, folk and indie rock. Hear the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist perform songs from her latest record, Build Me Up From Bones.
Dec 9, 2013 — Recognized as two of roots music's most respected singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, O'Brien and Scott took a break from their busy solo careers in 2000 to record their first album as a duo, titled Real Time. This year, the two joined up again for Memories and Moments. Hear them perform songs from both albums live on stage in Tennessee.
Nov 28, 2013 — With Bakersfield, the duo pays tribute to two of country music's most respected artists: Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Hear the musicians perform a set of songs from the album.
Nov 26, 2013 — Though they don't perform together as often as they once did, the Millers are widely regarded as one of the most important duos in Americana and country music. Hear the couple perform songs from its only full-length record together in this set from 2001.
Nov 25, 2013 — NPR's Melissa Block talks with producer Randall Poster and historian Sean Wilentz about a new collection of music. Poster brought together stars and legends spanning many genres and generations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Nov 25, 2013 — This archival performance from 2001 finds Williams on the heels of Essence, the heavily anticipated follow-up to 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Hear the beloved alt-country singer-songwriter perform Essence's songs live on stage in West Virginia.
Nov 25, 2013 — "We can't not look at each other; it doesn't work," Jones says of singing with the Green Day frontman. In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the two discuss tackling the signature close harmonies of The Everly Brothers.