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Richard Thompson

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] b. 3 April 1949, Notting Hill, London, England. The talented Thompson forged his reputation as guitarist, vocalist, and composer with Fairport Convention which, although initially dubbed “England’s Jefferson Airplane”, later evolved into a seminal folk rock act through such acclaimed releases as What We Did On Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking, [...]
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Dr John & The Lower 911

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] b. Malcolm John Rebennack, 21 November 1940, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Dr. John has built a career since the 60s as a consummate New Orleans musician, incorporating funk, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and R&B into his sound. Rebennack’s distinctive vocal growl and virtuoso piano playing brought him acclaim among [...]
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Mark Olson

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] b. 18 September 1961, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Best known as a one-time leader of Minneapolis-based roots rockers the Jayhawks, singer-songwriter/guitarist Mark Olson also issued several releases as part of the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, a unit that at one time included his then wife, Victoria Williams. Formed in 1985, [...]
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Cowboy Junkies

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Our problem isn’t a dearth of ideas, but rather a surplus,” says Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. “For the first time, we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations. We find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio feels more and more [...]
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Eleanor McEvoy

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Audio clip: view full post to listen] b. 20 January 1967, Clontarf, Dublin, Eire. One of Ireland’s most popular singer-songwriters almost did not get to be a pop star. When McEvoy finished second level education, she studied music by day at Dublin’s Trinity College and worked by night in orchestra [...]
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The Duke & The King

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Duke & The King are a glam-soul-folk quartet from New York featuring Simone Felice, Bobbie Bird Burke, Simi Stone and Nowell Haskins. Named after the travelling Shakespeare hustlers in Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ these curious blood-brothers (and sweet sister) have found a home together, a [...]
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Idlewild

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] This Scottish pop punk band was formed at Edinburgh University in December 1995 by Roddy Woomble (b. 13 August 1976, Irvine, Scotland; vocals), Rod Jones (b. 3 December 1976; guitar), and Colin Newton (b. 18 April 1977, Macduff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; drums). The trio teamed up with Phil Scanlon (b. [...]
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