Tracey Thorn, famous for her work in Everything but the Girl, has a new solo album of seasonal tunes called Tinsel and Lights. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tracey Thorn: 'Secular Carols' For The Holidays

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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up! Bear Family Records hide caption

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Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

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Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim. Michael Wilson photo/Paul Moore design/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

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Benjy Melendez (right) founded and led The Ghetto Brothers in the early 1970s. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ghetto Brothers: Guitars Over Guns

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On her new album, opera star Cecilia Bartoli tackles the work of Baroque composer Agostino Steffani. Uli Weber/Decca hide caption

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Cecilia Bartoli's New 'Mission' Unearths Baroque Gems

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Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn). Scott Friedlander/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

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Yirga's debut album is called Guzo. Courtesy of Worldisc hide caption

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Samuel Yirga: A Prodigy Reviving Ethiopian Jazz

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Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

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The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

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The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style. /De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Withers onstage in 1973. Fin Costello/Redferns hide caption

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Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

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Jamey Johnson's new album pays tribute to songwriter Hank Cochran. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson Covers Hank Cochran

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Cody ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac: On Landing on a Hundred, he's preachy but delightful. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cody ChesnuTT Contains A Universe On 'Hundred'

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Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

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