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What Is The Song Of The Summer?

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"The essence of country music is talking about your experiences," Priscilla Renea says. Kyle Goldberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Priscilla Renea Refuses To Be Quiet About Racism In Country Music

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Willie Nelson sings about outliving friends, surviving death hoaxes and more on his latest album, Last Man Standing. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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Willie Nelson (left) and Waylon Jennings perform at Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in 1978. Leonard Kamsler/Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hide caption

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World Cafe Nashville: Ashley Campbell

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Lindi Ortega On World Cafe

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Sweet Lizzy Project started five years ago as a producer-singer duo. It grew from there. Alejandro Menendez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sweet Lizzy Project Brings The Sounds Of Havana To Nashville

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Pop juggernaut Charlie Puth's Voicenotes is one of our picks for the essential albums coming out May 11. Benjamin Lennox/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: May 11

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World Cafe Nashville: Joshua Hedley

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