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Guest DJ Nick Lowe

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Guest DJ Nick Lowe

Guest DJ Nick Lowe

Guest DJ Nick Lowe

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Nick Lowe is one of those musicians who actually seems to get better with age. He got his start in the mid-'60s English roots- and country-rock group Kippington Lodge, which later changed its name to Brinsley Schwarz, and earned a cult following in the local pub scene for the band's laid-back, feel-good swagger. Later, as a solo artist, he wrote inspired songs full of wit and heartache, such as "Cruel to Be Kind" and "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," a hit for Elvis Costello. Lowe also produced Costello's first five solo albums, including My Aim Is True and This Year's Model. Now, nearly 45 years after he released his first record, Lowe is back with his 13th solo album, The Old Magic.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, Lowe joins host Bob Boilen to talk about The Old Magic and his long career making razor-sharp pop music. Lowe also shares some of the artists and songs he's loved over the years, from the country-boogie singer Tennessee Ernie Ford to a Conway Twitty-Loretta Lynn duet, as well as a rarely heard R&B tune from Jewel and the Rubies.

Guest DJ Nick Lowe

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'I Can See Her Face' by Kippington Lodge

  • from We Can Fly: Rare Psych Obscurities
  • by Various Artists
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Shot-Gun Boogie

  • from Capitol Collectors Series
  • by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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Sensitive Man

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Sensitive Man

  • from The Old Magic
  • by Nick Lowe

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The Old Magic
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The Old Magic
Artist
Nick Lowe
Label
Yep Rock
Released
2011

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'Kidnapper' by Jewel and the Rubies

  • from Good Vibrations: 30 Carolina Beach Music Classics
  • by Various Artists

Learn more about this release at Rinpete Records.

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Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries

  • from The Very Best of Loretta and Conway
  • by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty
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House for Sale

  • from The Old Magic
  • by Nick Lowe
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Harlan County

  • from Harlan County
  • by Jim Ford
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Without Love

  • from Labour of Lust
  • by Nick Lowe
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