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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band On Mountain Stage

Hear the group reinvigorate the sound of New Orleans jazz, recorded live in West Virginia.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band On Mountain Stage

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April Verch Band On Mountain Stage

Verch embraces mountain and old-time music that's true to tradition but distinct in its own right.

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'Fresh Air' At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

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This year marked the 25th anniversary of Fresh Air as a daily national NPR program. This episode looks back at some of the great live musical performances from the show's archive, including songs from Shirley Horn, Loudon Wainwright III, Susannah McCorkle, Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson.

'Fresh Air' At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

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Caleb Klauder Country Band On Mountain Stage

Hear the traditional country band perform songs from its most recent albums, Dangerous Me's and Poisonous You's and Western Country.

Caleb Klauder Country Band On Mountain Stage

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Matraca Berg On Mountain Stage

Hear the award-winning country songwriter and singer perform her second set from the Mountain Stage.

Matraca Berg On Mountain Stage

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Billy Joe Shaver On Mountain Stage

The original Honky Tonk Hero, Shaver came to the attention of music lovers in 1973, when Waylon Jennings filled nearly an entire album with Shaver's songs, kicking off the outlaw country movement.

Billy Joe Shaver On Mountain Stage

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Spirit Family Reunion On Mountain Stage

The band is based in Brooklyn, but its sound straight from Appalachia. Spirit Family Reunion plays Mountain Stage, showcasing the chops it's honed by playing the busy streets of New York.

Spirit Family Reunion On Mountain Stage

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Red Wanting Blue On Mountain Stage

Red Wanting Blue has been called "America's local band" for its dogged touring habits. The group makes its Mountain Stage debut playing country music and Americana-influenced rock.

Red Wanting Blue On Mountain Stage

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Dave Brubeck Quartet On JazzSet

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Brubeck swung the door open to a new world of free-flowing, where-is-this-going music. JazzSet remembers him with a set from the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.

Dave Brubeck Quartet On JazzSet

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Nellie McKay On Mountain Stage

It's difficult to categorize McKay's music, so it makes sense that she's taken some unexpected turns into musical theater and stand-up comedy. Hear her play quirky songs from throughout her career.

Nellie McKay On Mountain Stage

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The Mountain Goats On Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter John Darnielle has spent the last couple decades recording and performing as The Mountain Goats. Here, with the help of his band, he plays songs from his latest album.

The Mountain Goats On Mountain Stage

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Dr. Dog On Mountain Stage

Dr. Dog plays catchy, shambling indie-rock that showcases the band's love for the iconic sounds of '60s pop. The group returns to Mountain Stage with songs from its latest album, Be the Void.

Dr. Dog On Mountain Stage

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012

NPR Music has an annual tradition: Invite some of the world's best jazz keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, then set them loose on their favorite holiday tunes.

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012

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Jesse Harris On Mountain Stage

Harris returns to Mountain Stage with songs from his bossa nova-influenced new album, Sub Rosa. He made the record in Rio de Janeiro with an all-star cast of Brazilian musicians.

Jesse Harris On Mountain Stage

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