Thu July 30, 2015
Music Interviews

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Jason Isbell is riding high this week: His new album Something More Than Free is number one on Billboard's country, rock and folk charts. The musician from rural Alabama got his start with the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, and then went solo. For the past few years, he's been sober, after drinking brought him "close to the point of no return."

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Thu July 30, 2015
Music Interviews

Through Doubt And Dark Times, Joss Stone Lets Her Voice Light The Way

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:01 pm

Joss Stone's new album, Water For Your Soul, is out July 31.
Courtesy of the artist

Joss Stone's voice first stunned listeners more than a decade ago. The British singer was only 14 years old then, but her booming, soulful voice got noticed, as did her knack for taking success in stride. At age 28, she hasn't stopped: Stone's newest album, Water for Your Soul, comes out this Friday.

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Wed July 29, 2015
Microphone Check

Large Professor, Part 1: 'We're Living In The World of Hip-Hop'

Large Professor at an event in New York City in April, 2013.
Cindy Ord Getty Images


Tue July 28, 2015
Tiny Desk

Paul Weller: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Paul Weller.
Lani Milton NPR

There's a reason Paul Weller is so respected by his fans despite his shifts in musical styles over the years. Weller follows his heart and his tunes stay true to the times and his age. I first heard him in 1977, when I bought a British import of a 45 and later an album, each called In The City, by The Jam. Inspired by The Who, the music of The Jam was infused with urgency and melody. Then Weller wanted more from music and began The Style Council with a bit of R&B, ballads and even jazz.

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Mon July 27, 2015
Music Interviews

Hot Pants, Glitter And Alan Lomax: How A Rising Singer Found Folk Music

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:35 pm

British singer and "song collector" Sam Lee.
Frederic Aranda Courtesy of the artist