The group's challenge was familiar to anyone in traditional music: interpret source recordings in an interesting way while remaining true to the spirit of the originals.
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Lead Belly's life was a narrative of mastery and resistance, like Zora Neale Hurston's High John De Conquer or folklore's John Henry. His songs are a vast and varied banquet of Americana cooked up and served through the genius of one man.
This week's playlist features music from The B-52's, Sam & Dave, Wilco, John Lennon, Iron & Wine and more.
This week's playlist includes music by Alice Coltrane, Kevin Coyne, Mattie May Thomas, Wilco, Lupe Fiasco, Iron and Wine, and more.
This week's playlist includes music by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Pigmeat Terry, Ruth Brown, The Decemberists, and more.
This week our playlist includes music by The Donnas, The Carl Stalling Project, Gomez, The Beatles, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, Dr. John and more.
Hugh Laurie has a new album, Let Them Talk, which is New Orleans blues based. Here he discusses how he came up with that idea.
The New York Dolls' David Johansen discusses the making of their new album, Dancing Backward In High Heels.
91 year old Pete Seeger recently told a Rolling Stone journalist that his new album, Tomorrow's Children, is "the most inspiring thing I've ever done....
With the new DVD release The Fine Friends Are Here!, Dan Zanes and Friends present colorful music and images that are not just for children, but also for the big kid in all of us.
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