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Singer songwriter Margo Cilker has carved out a niche performing original country songs from her home in rural Washington state. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Rural singer-songwriter Margo Cilker's pandemic hustle is paying off

The pandemic was especially tough for up-and-coming musicians from smaller cities and towns. But for at least one country rocker from the rural Northwest, it may have leveled the playing field.

The canal that provided water from mainland Ukraine to Crimea, which Ukraine blocked after Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014, is now reopened and flowing. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Russia has achieved at least 1 of its war goals: return Ukraine's water to Crimea

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Singer songwriter Margo Cilker has carved out a niche performing original country songs from her home in rural Washington state. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Rural singer-songwriter Margo Cilker's pandemic hustle is paying off

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Ladies In WaitingFront, l-r: ElenaBonomo (Drums), Kimi Hayes (Guitar), Back l-r: Michelle Osbourne (Bass), Julia Schade(Conductor/Keyboard) Joan Marcus/Six hide caption

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The music conductors who make Broadway sing - but won't get Tonys

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"Rap — this is a whole lifestyle," Pusha T tells NPR. "This is a whole culture." Amy Harris/Amy Harris/Invision/AP hide caption

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On 'It's Almost Dry,' Pusha T plays the long game

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