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Keith Richards

Listen Keith Richards On The Stones, The Songs And 'Life'

October 25, 2010 – The legendary rock guitarist opens up about his music and his relationship with Mick Jagger.

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Vijay Iyer

Listen Vijay Iyer: Self-Taught Jazz Pianist Goes 'Solo'

October 14, 2010 – The pianist and bandleader explains why he left the world of physics to pursue a career in music.

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Charlie Rich

Listen Charlie Rich: The Silver Fox With A Big Country Sound

September 6, 2010 – Rich discusses his hits "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl" in a 1992 interview.

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Dolly Parton

Listen Dolly Parton: Singing Songs From The Heart And Soul

September 6, 2010 – The country star explains how she went from East Tennessee to Nashville to worldwide stardom.

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Doc Watson

Listen Doc Watson: An Old-Time Folk Musician With Soul

September 3, 2010 – The legendary flatpicker reflects on the resurgence of folk music in this 1988 Fresh Air interview.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops: Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson

Listen Carolina Chocolate Drops And A String Band Tradition

September 3, 2010 – The traditional African-American string band throws in some modern twists on its new record.

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Ricky Skaggs

Listen Ricky Skaggs: A Bluegrass Musician Returns To Roots

September 2, 2010 – The bluegrass singer and mandolin player reflects on his country and bluegrass hits.

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Charlie Louvin

Listen Charlie Louvin: A Louvin Brother Carries On

September 2, 2010 – The country-music legend has released nearly 20 albums since the death of his brother Ira in 1965.

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John Doe

Listen John Doe: A Punk Rocker Goes A Little Country

September 2, 2010 – The punk hero joins Canadian band The Sadies to perform songs from the album Country Club.

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Waylon Jennings

Listen Waylon Jennings: An Outlaw Opens Up Musically

September 1, 2010 – In 1996, the country music star discussed his most famous songs with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Willie Nelson

Listen Willie Nelson: The Songwriter Reflects On His Hits

September 1, 2010 – The leader of the outlaw country movement reflects on his songwriting days in a 1996 interview.

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Bobby Braddock

Listen Bobby Braddock: Spelling Success With Country Songs

August 31, 2010 – The songwriter explains how he came up with his hits, including Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E."

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George Jones

Listen George Jones: A Wild Reputation, A Big Texas Sound

August 31, 2010 – The country musician detailed his long career in a autobiography called I Lived to Tell It All.

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Listen Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past

August 31, 2010 – The country singer reflects on his time in prison and several of his greatest hits.

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Charlie Haden

Listen Charlie Haden: A Bassist With A Country Pedigree

August 30, 2010 – The jazz bassist details growing up with country music in a 2008 Fresh Air interview.

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