May 17, 2001 Scott Simon speaks with country singer/songwriter Laura Cantrell. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Cantrell now lives in New York City, where she hosts a country music radio show on WFMU. She's recorded her first CD, Not The Tremblin' Kind (Diesel Only records) last year to consistently good reviews. Cantrell's style is simple and harkens back to an earlier, more traditional era in country music.
April 29, 2001 The favored mandolin of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, was sold this week for more than one million dollars. The instrument's new home is The Bill Monroe Foundation, based in Monroe's hometown of Rosine, Kentucky. Liane speaks with the foundation's executive director, Campbell Mercer.
April 10, 2001 Daft Punk is a French music duo known for their electronic dance beats. They released a big smash dance floor CD in 1997. Their new release is the first thing since. The CD is called Discovery. Writer Will Hermes has a review. (3:30) The CD Discovery by Daft Punk is on the Virgin label.
March 19, 2001 Host Bob Edwards remembers singer/songwriter John Phillips, who died of a heart attack on Sunday morning. The co-founder of the Mamas and the Papas and organizer of the Monterey Pop Festival penned many popular 1960s tunes, such as California Dreamin'.
February 11, 2001 Liane speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton about the latest crop of new releases on CD.
January 9, 2001 World music critic Milo Miles reviews the new box set by Little Feat: Hotcakes and Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat (
December 26, 2000 Ravaged diva, Marianne Faithful, who's made her name in recent years interpreting the songs of Brecht and Weil in her trademark rasp has released her first rock record in more than five years. Vagabond Ways tells tales of desperation and debauchery. Karen Michel files this profile. (7:46) Vagabond Ways is on the Instinct label. ASIN: B00004SBMI
December 10, 2000 Liane speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton, who offers a few holiday gift suggestions.
Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground.
November 12, 2000 Critics have marveled at how the influence of 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' from 1967 is so remarkably out of proportion with its sales figures.
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November 9, 2000 Dylan's electric performance of the song at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival made Joni Mitchell say, "The American folk song has grown up."
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November 5, 2000 Liane speaks with Jim Sampas, producer of Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, which will be released Tuesday on the Sub Pop label. The Boss's dark and sparse album from 1982 is covered on the new cd by artists including Johnny Cash, Chrissie Hynde, Dar Williams, Ben Harper and others.
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November 3, 2000 There was something about this song that was unsettling; Little Richard was fun, Elvis was cool, but Jerry Lee Lewis was frightening.
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Bob Dylan smiles during a meeting with the British press, April 28, 1965.
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October 21, 2000 Originally written in 1962, Bob Dylan's civil rights anthem still hits hard 50 years later. NPR's Brian Naylor tells the story of the song's origins.
October 20, 2000 The a cappella group The Persuasions decided to do an album of Grateful Dead songs. As "The Dead" have been icons of sub-culture since the mid 60's, and have inspired more than one generation of devotees (Deadheads), they knew that covering the harmonies would not suffice. They would have to rediscover AND reinvent the music - both for themselves, and the audience.
October 8, 2000 Host Jacki Lyden talks with singer Aaron Neville about the ups and downs of his 30 year music career. Neville has just released Devotion, his first-ever collection of inspirational songs and a new book, The Brothers, which tells of his colorful past encompassing drug addiction, burglary and chart- topping records.
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