The Fresh Air Interview archive
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.
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.
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.
Listen Doc Watson: An Old-Time Folk Musician With Soul
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.
Listen John Doe: A Punk Rocker Goes A Little Country
Listen Charlie Louvin: A Louvin Brother Carries On
Listen Waylon Jennings: An Outlaw Opens Up Musically
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.
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.
Listen Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past
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."
Listen Charlie Haden: A Bassist With A Country Pedigree
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
Listen Johnny Cash: A Ghost Rider, Still Stirring Souls