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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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Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Listen Jimmie Dale Gilmore: A Honky-Tonk Sound From Texas

August 30, 2010 – The alternative country singer pays tribute to his late father on a classic honky-tonk country album

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Listen Johnny Cash: A Ghost Rider, Still Stirring Souls

February 26, 2010 – Today would have been Johnny Cash's 78th birthday. We remember the country-music legend.

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Listen Willie Nelson: The Songwriter at 75

April 30, 2008 – Rock historian Ed Ward celebrates Nelson's brilliant songwriting career, which predated his stardom.

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Donn Summer on the cover for the 1997 album Once Upon a Time.

Listen The Fresh Air Interview: 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer

November 4, 2003 – She's written a new memoir about life in the disco spotlight called Ordinary Girl.

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