1. How to play Bones with today’s guest, Dom Flemons.

    Prospect Hill is Flemons’ first album since leaving the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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    music

  1. Ken Tucker reviews Brandy Clark's debut album:

12 Stories is one of those rare albums whose every song is worth hearing — every one is that striking, that textured and finely detailed. It is my fervent hope that Clark, who’s helped other women achieve hit singles — Miranda Lambert , The Band Perry and Kasey Musgraves to name a few — will have her own hits from among these smoothly crafted, emotionally rough compositions.
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    Ken Tucker reviews Brandy Clark's debut album:

    12 Stories is one of those rare albums whose every song is worth hearing — every one is that striking, that textured and finely detailed. It is my fervent hope that Clark, who’s helped other women achieve hit singles — Miranda Lambert , The Band Perry and Kasey Musgraves to name a few — will have her own hits from among these smoothly crafted, emotionally rough compositions.

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    ken tucker

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    the band perry

  1. Music critic Ken Tucker on alternative country artist Robbie Fulks' new album ” Gone Away Backward:”

With Gone Away Backward, Fulks has made an album that feints in the direction of nostalgia while grappling very much with the here and now. Even for a singer-songwriter known for his clever twists and turns, it’s a considerable achievement. “Where I Fell” finds a softly beautiful melody encasing a lyric about an economically depressed area that’s left the narrator hopeless, jobless and, perhaps soon, homeless. He feels trapped, and trapped and bitter is a mood at which Fulks excels; it exhilarates him.

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    Music critic Ken Tucker on alternative country artist Robbie Fulks' new album ” Gone Away Backward:”

    With Gone Away Backward, Fulks has made an album that feints in the direction of nostalgia while grappling very much with the here and now. Even for a singer-songwriter known for his clever twists and turns, it’s a considerable achievement. “Where I Fell” finds a softly beautiful melody encasing a lyric about an economically depressed area that’s left the narrator hopeless, jobless and, perhaps soon, homeless. He feels trapped, and trapped and bitter is a mood at which Fulks excels; it exhilarates him.


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  1. Slipstream is Bonnie Raitt’s first album since 2005’s Souls Alike, and she’s produced most of the tracks herself. Rock critic Ken Tucker says that this return to recording and her renewed control over her music has resulted in one of Raitt’s finest albums. [You can listen to the full album until tomorrow on our website.] View in High-Res

    Slipstream is Bonnie Raitt’s first album since 2005’s Souls Alike, and she’s produced most of the tracks herself. Rock critic Ken Tucker says that this return to recording and her renewed control over her music has resulted in one of Raitt’s finest albums. [You can listen to the full album until tomorrow on our website.]

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  1. From the archives: Glen Campbell, the Fresh Air Interview (from 2008)

    From the archives: Glen Campbell, the Fresh Air Interview (from 2008)

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  1. On Four the Record, Miranda Lambert comes to terms with herself View in High-Res

    On Four the Record, Miranda Lambert comes to terms with herself

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  1. Ken Tucker reviews The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. The album features a number of major  country and rock musicians, who craft songs around lyrics that Hank  Williams left behind in four notebooks when he died in 1953. Bob Dylan,  Alan Jackson, Jack White and Norah Jones are among the artists on the  album. View in High-Res

    Ken Tucker reviews The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. The album features a number of major country and rock musicians, who craft songs around lyrics that Hank Williams left behind in four notebooks when he died in 1953. Bob Dylan, Alan Jackson, Jack White and Norah Jones are among the artists on the album.

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    alan jackson

    jack white

    nora jones

  1. Fresh Air remembers bluegrass singer Hazel Dickens, who died on Friday, with excerpts from a 1987 interview: "There did seem to be a large space there that women like me and other women that were coming along could fill. And that was to give other women that didn’t want to sing the old traditional songs — to give them something that they could identify with and something that they could sing. I’ve had many women tell me that I was the only woman who came along that was writing songs that they could sing within the tradition." View in High-Res

    Fresh Air remembers bluegrass singer Hazel Dickens, who died on Friday, with excerpts from a 1987 interview"There did seem to be a large space there that women like me and other women that were coming along could fill. And that was to give other women that didn’t want to sing the old traditional songs — to give them something that they could identify with and something that they could sing. I’ve had many women tell me that I was the only woman who came along that was writing songs that they could sing within the tradition."

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    country

    naomi judd