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These finely edited features present the music and voices of artists discussing their songs, their sounds, their bands, their lives and their creative influences.
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- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
- Cory Branan: The No-Hit Wonder
- Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours
- Bryan Andrew Wilson: The One Percent
- Bryan Popin: You Can Make It
- Nathan East: Nathan East
- Dan Wilson: Love Without Fear
- Bill Banfield’s Jazz Urbane: Playing With Other People’s Heads – Songs
- David Nail: I’m A Fire
- Emerson Hart: Beauty In Disrepair
- Eric Paslay: Eric Paslay
- The Autumn Defense: Fifth
- Mary Chapin Carpenter: Songs From The Movie
- The Milk Carton Kids: The Ash & Clay
- Deana Carter: Southern Way Of Life
- Bryce Dessner: Ahyem
- Brandy Clark: 12 Stories
- Lucy Wainwright Roche: There’s A Last Time For Everything
- Gungor: I Am Mountain
- Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: Wassiac Way
- Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward
Yearly Archives: 2001
Toya’s debut on Arista Records is an impressive collection of energetic, personal songs about going out, meeting guys, having good relationships and taking care after disappointments. It’s a stylish, alert and confident mix of having fun and being wise that’s … Continue reading
Marc Ribot is a guitarist-bandleader known for distinctive arrangements and striking improvisations. In "Saints," he interprets works from experimental composers, soloists, and his own songbook to create a solo guitar CD that has a sparse and alluring appeal. Ribot says … Continue reading
Suzanne Vega’s "Songs In Red And Gray" finds the accomplished singer-songwriter reacting to unexpected changes by writing beautifully crafted songs that may be the most emotionally direct of her career. Vega looks at big questions, old memories and small details … Continue reading
In her latest CD, pop singer Jennifer Paige builds on the success of her 1998 hit single, "Crush," and shows how adept she’s become in a range of modern pop styles. Paige worked with top producers to create "Positively Somewhere," … Continue reading
Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is a keen observor of the emotional ground people cross as they struggle with their lives and loves. On "Every Single Day," she sings heartfelt and delicately rendered songs of hope and sorrow, understanding and sometimes, redemption. … Continue reading
It must be those long Wisconsin winters. How else could anyone learn as many electric guitar riffs as Greg Koch? The electric guitar master describes his playing this way: "Imagine Chet Hendrix meeting the Kings (Albert, Freddie, BB) at the … Continue reading
Grand’s self-titled debut on Ascend Records is an impressive collection of rock and power-pop tunes performed with flair and sung by Jason Karaban, an evocative singer-songwriter whose voice looms large over the band’s diverse grooves and textures. Karaban is one … Continue reading
Old 97’s third Electra release, "Satellite Rides," finds the once alt-country band evolving into a more nuanced group playing a range of material from acoustic ballads to catchy rock. Most of the songs first appeared in songwriter showcase clubs in … Continue reading
India.Arie spent two years in the studio making the transition from a singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar to a vocalist who’s at home in a range of modern soul-inflected styles. Her debut on Motown, "Acoustic Soul," features upbeat, personal songs … Continue reading