October 14, 2002 Jacki Lyden talks to Paddy Moloney, leader and tin whistle player for the Irish band, The Chieftains. They've been performing for 40 years now, re-invigorating traditional Irish music and taking it around the world. To mark the four decades, the group has a CD called The Wide World Over, in which some of the group's collaborations with international artists, such as Joni Mitchell and Art Garfunkel, are reprised. The Chieftains also have another new CD, Down the Long Plank Road, recorded with country performers in Nashville, Tenn. Moloney says Irish music is strong enough to blend with sounds from elsewhere and still retain its strength. (12:30) The Wide World Over and Down the Old Plank Road, both by The Chieftains, are on the RCA Victor label.
September 21, 2002 Singer Patty Griffin has released three albums. Her latest, 1,000 Kisses, is the most spare, the most acoustic, and perhaps the most heart-wrenching. Host Howard Berkes talks to Patty Griffin about the sadness in her voice and her lyrics. They also talk about Bruce Springsteen, singing in Spanish, and the power of a good Texas rain. (1,000 Kisses is on ATO Records. www.atorecords.com. Patty Griffin's website is www.pattygriffin.com.)
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August 28, 2002 The Dixie Chicks are one of the top selling country artists of all time. Will Hermes, a senior contributing writer for Spin magazine, says their first CD in three years,Home, has a less commercial sound than their other offerings, but still may be one of the best pop CDs of the year.
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August 3, 2002 Scott Simon talks with singer Julia Fordham about collaborating with other artists and embracing her signature song "Manhattan Skyline" in the months following 9/11. She has a new recording called Concrete Love.
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July 16, 2002 It's been three-quarters of a century since the Carter Family made its first recordings in Bristol, Tenn. The music of A.P. Carter, his wife Sara and her cousin Maybelle influenced countless country, folk and bluegrass artists. On Morning Edition, host Bob Edwards interviews the co-author of a new book about the Carter Family's musical legacy.
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July 1, 2002 Jewel has been performing before live audiences since she was a little girl growing up in Alaska. So it's no surprise the singer/songwriter is more comfortable on stage than in the recording studio. On Morning Edition, Host Bob Edwards' interviews Jewel.
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June 8, 2002 NPR's Rick Karr recounts the life and times of Dee Dee Ramone, one of the founding members of the seminal punk group, The Ramones.
May 24, 2002 Singer Keely Smith has been called "The Queen of Swing" and "First Lady of Las Vegas." Smith is perhaps best known as the duet partner and wife of Louis Prima. Smith and Prima drew crowds to the lounges of Las Vegas in the 1950s. Their hits include "Jump, Jive, an' Wail," "Just a Gigolo," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "That Old Black Magic." This interview first aired April 4, 2000.
April 28, 2002 Australian singwriter-musician Paul Kelly talks with Weekend Edition Sunday's Lynn Neary about the craft of songwriting, the search for inspiration, and why he's not too worried about his relative obscurity in the United States.
April 8, 2002 Jean Battey Lewis reports on a singing-dance production that teams some of the greats in choreography, theater, and art, to produce a ballet called Life's Journey. Choreographer Septime Webre of the Washington Ballet collaborated with Aisha Kahlil of the a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, playwright Norman Allen, and visual artist Sam Gilliam, to create the hour-long ballet that evokes heaven and earth.
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February 21, 2002 Meredith Ochs reviews American Roots Music, a four-CD box set of American country, blues, gospel, folk and other genres. (4:30) The compilation is inspired by last year's television documentary series of the same name. Copyright 2001, Palm Pictures. See palmpictures.com.
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January 19, 2002 Jon Kalish reports from Chicago on folk artist-turned-violin-dealer David Bromberg. Bromberg has become an expert in American violins.
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December 21, 2001 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with James Taylor about how an informal jam in the studio resulted in his new recording of the original version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."
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November 29, 2001 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews three new re-issues from the LA band X.
October 25, 2001 Critic Will Hermes listens to the new Bjork cd titled Vespertine. The music composed on her laptop computer is full of unusual rhythms and textures. (4:45) The cd Vespertine, by Bjork, is on Elektra records.
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