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Life 'Up On The Divide' Lures A Songwriter Out West

Singer Martha Scanlan discusses the scenic inspiration behind her first song, and the homesteading roots she's formed in Montana.

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Open Wide And Say Yee-Haw! Dentist Goes West In Song

A Montana songwriter recounts the tale of his dentist's journey to becoming a cowboy.

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Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., became the inspiration for a song. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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