Béla Fleck & Edgar Meyer, Railroad Earth, Nick Drake

Jazz clarinetist Dr. Michael White; New Jersey bluegrass band Railroad Earth; Newly discovered music from Nick Drake; Pete Seeger's grandson with The Mammals; Bluegrass Beatles: Phillips, Grier & Flinner. Featured Artist: Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer.

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Béla Fleck & Edgar Meyer, Railroad Earth, Nick Drake

Music for Two

The One I Left Behind

  • Artist: Béla Fleck/Edgar Meyer
  • Album: Music for Two
  • Song: The One I Left Behind

Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer are known for challenging expectations for their instruments: Fleck on banjo and Meyer on double bass. On this collection of duets, they play everything from Bach to Miles Davis.

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The One I Left Behind
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Music for Two
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Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer
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Sony

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Dancing in the Sky

Algiers Hoodoo Woman

  • Artist: Michael White
  • Album: Dancing in the Sky
  • Song: Algiers Hoodoo Woman

When he's not playing traditional Dixieland jazz, Dr. Michael White teaches Afro-American music at Xavier University.

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Algiers Hoodoo Woman
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Dancing in the Sky
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Dr. Michael White
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Basin Street

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The Good Life

Storms

  • Artist: Railroad Earth
  • Album: The Good Life
  • Song: Storms

A New Jersey bluegrass jam band -- in the country spirit of the Grateful Dead -- this is Railroad Earth's third CD. Hear an early tune on All Songs Considered episode 26.

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Storms
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The Good Life
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Railroad Earth

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Made to Love Magic

Tow the Line

  • Artist: Nick Drake
  • Album: Made to Love Magic
  • Song: Tow the Line

This newly-discovered tune is part of a collection of rare outtakes and remixes from Nick Drake, who died nearly 30 years ago at the age of 26. See our feature on Nick Drake's album, Pink Moon from All Songs Considered episode 4.

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Tow the Line
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Made to Love Magic
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Nick Drake

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Rock That Babe

Bad Shoes Blues

  • Artist: The Mammals
  • Album: Rock That Babe
  • Song: Bad Shoes Blues

Writing songs with a social consciousness, this group includes the grandson of Pete Seeger and the daughter of fiddler Jay Ungar; their debut was featured on All Songs Considered episode 46.

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Bad Shoes Blues
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Rock That Babe
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The Mammals

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Looking Back

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

  • Artist: Phillips, Grier & Flinner
  • Album: Looking Back
  • Song: I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Bassist Todd Phillips, guitarist David Grier and mandolinist Matt Flinner offer versions of several classic bluegrass tunes along with Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and this song from the Beatles.

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I Want You (She's So Heavy)
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Looking Back
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Phillips, Grier & Flinner
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Compass

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