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March 22, 2011 Her sound conjures the best of 1930s and '40s pop, and her lyrics are inspired by entities as diverse as Judy Garland, Queen and the television drama Dexter. Here, Smith performs with her backing band, The Great Picture Show.
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April Smith performs at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival.
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August 1, 2010 Smith sounds like an artist out of time: Her massive voice seems particularly well suited to the pop sounds of the '30s and '40s, when brassy belters reigned.
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July 27, 2010 The annual Newport Folk Festival kicks off this weekend with a diverse and surprising mix of artists, from the Nigerian-German hip-hop and soul singer Nneka to veteran folk artists John Prine and Levon Helm. NPR Music will be there to webcast and broadcast full concerts live, along with WFUV, mvyradio and Folk Alley. Festival producer Jay Sweet talks about what's in store for this year's legendary event.
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