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Vince Gill is a can't-miss country music hit maker whose signature sound combines the pop feel of modern country acts with a deep love and respect of traditional country music soul. Gill sat down recently with NPR's Melissa Block to play some songs from his new album. Watch a video of Gill perform a solo rendition of "We Had It All" and hear him perform other songs exclusive to npr.org.
Willie Nelson turns 70 years old next week. We mark the occasion with a 1996 interview and in-studio performance; Nelson tells Terry Gross about the genesis of songs like "Family Bible" and "Crazy" — the classic made famous by Patsy Cline.
Piano prodigy Lang Lang, just 20 years old, describes touching the keys as an electrical force. He's making his first appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where he'll perform the world premiere of Eight Memories in Water Color by Chinese composer Tan Dun. Hear Lang Lang perform two pieces on piano, and listen to a duet with his father, playing the traditional Chinese violin, the er hu
A snappy new CD by the Charlie Hunter Quintet features harmonica, sax, trombone, drums, and guitar, underpinned by a funky bass line — but there's no bass player listed in the liner notes. That's because Hunter does double duty, playing bass and guitar lines with his custom-made eight-string guitar. NPR's Liane Hansen talks with Hunter about his unique playing style.
Rosanne Cash, the daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash, is singing again — and that's no small thing. About three years ago, large polyps on her vocal chords kept her from singing. But after lots of therapy, she completed her first album in seven years. Cash talks about her long path back with NPR's Melissa Block — listen to full-length cuts of songs from her latest CD, Rules of Travel, recorded live in NPR's Studio 4A.
Her lyrics are vivid and intensely visual, and rich with intricate wordplay. Singer Patty Larkin totes her guitar to Studio 4A for a performance chat with NPR's Bob Edwards — and reveals an unexpected rhyme for "harmonica."
Deanna Witkowski draws on a variety of influences — from Chopin to Cole Porter to a relatively unknown Brazilian rhythm called baião. It's no wonder the pianist finds her music going in different directions — sometimes within the same song — as in her "Wide Open Window." Hear Liane Hansen's performance chat with Witkowski in NPR's Studio 4A.
Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders have been around a long time, but they still love to tour and they're still making distinctive music. Hynde joins NPR's Scott Simon for a performance chat in Studio 4A.
John Cephas and Phil Wiggins are two musicians from different generations who have played Piedmont blues together for 25 years. The two perform their music and talk with NPR's Scott Simon about their distinctive brand of the blues.
Hot Tuna began as a side project for Jefferson Airplane musicians Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. Long after the band that made them famous broke up, Hot Tuna is still touring. Casady and Kaukonen talk with Morning Edition host Bob Edwards and play their signature folk-and-blues tunes. Exclusive to npr.org, hear full-length cuts of three songs, recorded live in Studio 4A.
The 12-voice male a capella group Chanticleer performs holiday selections for us in NPR's Studio 4A. Their CD Christmas with Chanticleer, featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw, was released to critical acclaim last year. Their newest CD is Our American Journey.
Warm the hot chocolate and enjoy a special winter treat. The acclaimed early-music group Ensemble Galilei joins host Neal Conan for a performance and chat. Enjoy the sounds of Scottish small pipes, a Celtic harp ... and a surprise guest performance!
Duncan Sheik burst onto the music scene in 1997 with his hit single "Barely Breathing," and garnered rave reviews for his own brand of folk-tinged pop music. For his fourth record, Daylight, New York-based Sheik — singer, songwriter, composer, producer and guitarist — dares to rock out a little more than usual. He talks to NPR's Jacki Lyden.
In Anouar Brahem's native Tunisia, the oud is known today mainly in the context of loud and large ensembles that leave it all but buried in a dervish of sound. But Brahem highlights the stringed instrument in a delicate, often introspective context. On his new CD, Le pas du chat noir, the oud is part of an unlikely trio including piano and accordion. He talks with Liane Hansen on Weekend Edition Sunday.
Graham Nash releases a new solo album, Songs for Survivors. For Weekend Edition Sunday, he performs two songs from the album, and talks about his relationship with David Crosby, his photography, and the art of writing "simple songs." NPR Online has the interview in its entirety and a video of his performance in Studio 4A.