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July 27, 2015 Covering the elusive Nick Drake is rarely successful, but Lizz Wright's smooth, trumpet-accented version of "River Man" has the right kind of self-possession.
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April 18, 2013 Some music feels so personal, it's hard to think about sharing it with anyone else. A new tribute album of songs by the folk singer Nick Drake (featuring many musicians who themselves hold Drake dear) tests the limits of one critic's ability to share that love.
The cover photo from Nick Drake's 1969 debut, Five Leaves Left, produced by Joe Boyd.
April 14, 2013 The English folk artist died long before his songs found a wide audience. Joe Boyd, who produced two of Drake's three albums, is releasing an album of live performances culled from a series of Nick Drake tribute concerts.
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Lisa Hannigan performs in one of several live concerts for a new tribute album, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.
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February 6, 2013 Veteran producer Joe Boyd says he'd long resisted putting together some sort of tribute album for his late friend, the legendary folksinger Nick Drake. But Boyd finally decided to make one when he realized that the recordings could be captured in a live concert.
Clockwise from upper row: Thenewno2, Lawrence Arabia, The Do
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July 3, 2012 On this edition of All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their picks for this week's essential songs, including new music from rapper El-P, George Harrison's son Dhani, Lawrence Arabia and more.
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September 26, 2008 When it comes to odd time signatures, classics like "Take Five" and the theme to Mission Impossible are excellent places to start. But a small bit of digging turns up many other fantastic, and often lesser known works. Here are a five more songs that successfully employ the 5/4 time signature with great diversity and show how playing in 5 can be used in a variety of approaches and styles.
November 4, 2007 The adventurous pianist is a throwback to classical musicians of the past who blurred the line between classical and popular music. O'Riley, inspired by his favorite pop artists such as Radiohead, transforms their songs into intricate piano solos.
July 26, 2007 Nick Drake never bothered with covers on the three albums released in his lifetime. Part of that may have been due to the specific sadness at the core of his music, but the traditional ballad "Winter Is Gone" shows that his melancholy didn't sprout from nowhere.
June 19, 2007 Countless music fans have attempted to craft the perfect mix CD — just the thing to put a soundtrack on special occasions. But an hour of love-themed dinner music for a wedding reception isn't as easy to assemble as it may seem.
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June 5, 2007 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen chats with NPR reviewers Robert Christgau, Meredith Ochs and Will Hermes about the CDs they're most looking forward to this Summer.
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