Keyboard player and singer Mike Hicks tours with Keb' Mo', but when he's home in Nashville, he's a key figure in the city's R&B and soul scene. Padrion Scott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Just Off Music Row, Nashville's R&B Scene Thrives

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Kyshona moved to Nashville after establishing herself in the singer-songwriter circles of Athens, Ga. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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World Cafe Nashville: Kyshona

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Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017

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Tameca Jones got her start singing at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas. Dan Winters/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At SXSW, A Moment With The 'Queen Of Austin Soul'

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"My life and my career is a real anomaly," Nile Rodgers says. "I mean, I'm a 64-year-old black man with a front-line record deal. It's insane." Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Nile Rodgers At SXSW: 'No One Else Can Tell The Story'

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The Sh-Booms entered this year's Tiny Desk Contest with a song called "Audible." YouTube hide caption

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After Leaving Justin Timberlake's Label, A Garage-Soul Singer Forges Her Own Path

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Thundercat's new album, Drunk, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Drunk,' Thundercat Weaves Major Pop Hooks Into Minor Life Vignettes

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My Name Is Earl is Earl St. Clair's debut solo release. Ryan Jay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After An Unexpected Rise, Earl St. Clair Is Ready For More Surprises

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Tank and the Bangas won this year's Tiny Desk Contest. Gus Bennett Jr./Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meet Tank And The Bangas, Winner Of The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

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Robert Randolph's latest album with The Family Band is called Got Soul. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Robert Randolph On World Cafe

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Don Bryant's new album, Don't Give Up On Love, comes out May 12. Matt White/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Don Bryant, 'How Do I Get There'

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Jesse Hale Moore's debut album, Green End, is due out this spring. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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World Cafe Next: Jesse Hale Moore

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The Couple That Plays Together: World Cafe's Top 10 Musical Couples

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