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Blues to Americana, Folk to Country from Capital Public Radio.


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Middle America At The Dawn Of Outlaw Country

April 8, 2016

Early in Heads, his deep exploration of American psychedelic culture, Jesse Jarnow details how the Berkeley-based visual artist Rick Shubb drew up a peculiar new world map.

When The Page Becomes A Mirror: A Chat With Radical Face

April 7, 2016

As Radical Face, Ben Cooper has written song after song about a fictional family. They make up not just one album but a trilogy of them, called The Family Tree. All of the characters on the first two albums, The Roots and The Branches, were made up.

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Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies At 79

April 6, 2016

Outlaw, "Okie from Muskogee", poet of working class values and a fixture in country music for 50 years, Merle Haggard died Wednesday, April 6, his 79th birthday.

Marlon Williams: Americana By Way Of New Zealand

March 1, 2016

Williams grew up in the tiny town of Lyttelton, New Zealand. As a kid he sang in choir, but as a teen he found his voice in country music, a genre his Maori punk-singer dad introduced him to.