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Aug 30, 2014 — The Kentucky native writes country music about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs. Here, he performs four of his songs with a thundering voice that makes the NPR offices shudder.
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Aug 26, 2014 — Branan's lonesome road anthems aren't likely to make him a Top 40 star. He tells NPR's Melissa Block he's learned to be content playing a smaller game.
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Aug 18, 2014 — The country music existentialist released one of our favorite albums of 2014 (so far). Hear two songs on the World Cafe: Next podcast.
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Aug 7, 2014 — The Nashville singer recently visited KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to play songs from her latest album, All or Nothin'. Watch Lane perform the tough-minded title track with her backing band.
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Aug 5, 2014 — Hear Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper perform a few songs and answer questions.
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Aug 5, 2014 — The 75-year-old, who helped pioneer the "outlaw" sound, is one of the most respected songwriters in country music. Decades after his big break, Shaver's life still resembles the tales in his songs.
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Aug 2, 2014 — Bristol, a Virginia border town, hosted the first recording sessions of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Now, a museum stands to honor what is known as country music's "big bang."
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Jul 31, 2014 — Watch the unpeggable songwriter perform a B-side from her classic album, I Am Shelby Lynne, live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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Jul 29, 2014 — "Cowboy" Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
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Jul 27, 2014 — This singer-songwriter has been through hard times — but you wouldn't know it from his new album. It blossoms with inventive turns of phrase, quiet affection and a peculiar sweetness.
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