Bobby Braddock wrote his first song at age 8 for a piano recital. He's gone on to amass a remarkable collection of chart-topping country hits. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bobby Braddock: Spelling Success With Country Songs
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George Jones was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008. He has also won several Grammy Awards. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Listen Back To Fresh Air's 1996 Interview With George Jones
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"I realized what a mess I made out of my life, and I got out of there and stayed out of there. Never did go back," Merle Haggard says of his time in prison. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past
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Charlie Haden sang with his musical family from the time he was just 2 years old. Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Charlie Haden: A Bassist With A Country Pedigree
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Earlier in his career, Jimmie Dale Gilmore was a member of the band The Flatlanders. Keith Carter/Rounder Records hide caption

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore: A Honky-Tonk Sound From Texas
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The Turtle Island Quartet effortlessly avoid genre classification. Jay Blakesburg hide caption

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Turtle Island Quartet Re-Imagine Jimi Hendrix, With Strings
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A costume typical of the Mardi Gras Indians. Josh Jackson hide caption

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Post-Katrina, Music Still Thrives In New Orleans
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Caravan Palace: Swinging To Electro Beats
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Members of the Treme Brass Band walk through the 9th Ward after attending a Memorial Day service honoring the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Treme Brass Band: Living And Breathing New Orleans
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Truckstop Honeymoon Takes Mardi Gras To Kansas
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Soul Rebels Brass Band's latest album is called No Place Like Home. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Music Of New Orleans, After The Storm
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