Music Interviews

2:47pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Music Interviews

Cory Branan: A 'No-Hit Wonder,' Making Small-Batch Country Music

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:29 pm

Cory Branan's latest album is The No-Hit Wonder.
Nicole C. Kibert Courtesy of the artist

On the cover of his new album, Cory Branan is stretched out, with his feet up. His boots are all battered, worn down at the heels, and he's dozing off. The album's title kind of says it all: The No-Hit Wonder. It's his fourth in a career stacked with lonesome country anthems to life on the road, delivered in a voice that's pleasantly weathered.

In an interview with NPR's Melissa Block, Branan says that while his style of music hasn't produced many hitmakers, he's content playing a smaller game. It's a lesson he learned in part through his years as a bartender.

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12:03am

Tue August 26, 2014
Music Interviews

Shovels & Rope: In Marriage And Music, A 'Psychic' Bond

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

5:55am

Sun August 24, 2014
Music Interviews

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 8:28 pm

Actor Craig Stevens as TV detective Peter Gunn in 1959.
Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.

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3:14pm

Sat August 23, 2014
Music Interviews

Bruce Hornsby's Modern Classical Moment

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 4:26 pm

Known for writing pop hits, Bruce Hornsby ventures into classical and jazz piano forms on the new album Solo Concerts.
Courtesy of the artist

Bruce Hornsby cracked the music world three decades ago, making smooth, contemplative piano-pop with his band The Range. But if "The Way It Is" is how you remember him today, you've missed a lot.

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3:39am

Sat August 23, 2014
Music Interviews

Jessica Hernandez: Singing To The Rafters, No Matter The Style

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 9:48 am

Jessica Hernandez's debut album with her band The Deltas is called Secret Evil.
Courtesy of the artist

The new album by Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas has it all. Secret Evil offers a softly strummed rootsy ballad one minute, the oom-pah of Balkan-inspired brass the next, or twangy rockabilly guitars followed by the punch of New Orleans-tinged horns. But in song after song, one thing is consistent: a powerful, undeniable voice.

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