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John K. Samson: Brainy And Big-Hearted

In "When I Write My Master's Thesis," Samson juggles a lively mind and a directionless heart.
Guy Clark is a storyteller who carves songs out of quiet moments and marginal characters.

This One's For Guy Clark, Americana's Craftsman

Lyle Lovett, Hayes Carll, Patty Griffin and more pay tribute to Clark on a new double album.

Lindsay Fuller: A Raw, Powerful New Voice

In "Libby," Fuller takes a brooding, beautiful look into a world of obsession, betrayal and regret.

Lisa Marie Presley: Rock's Princess Finds Her Voice

Presley has weathered personal storms with grace. On her new album, she hints that she's just begun.

Kathleen Ferrier: A Voice Not Forgotten

A new 14-CD set marks the centenary of the great English singer's birth.

Louis Armstrong: With Love And Grace, A Final 'Hello'

In one of his final performances, Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.

John Talabot: From Sleek Grooves, A Fluid Sound

The tempo of "Destiny" would fall perfectly in sync with the bolt strut of a high-paid runway model.

Brand Nubian: For The Love Of 'Momma'

"Momma" feels homey and handmade, which is the kind of gift moms always say they want, right?

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