PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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This time we profile Floyd Jones, a serious and thoughtful songwriter, who was in the studio for Chess Records in 1951.

  • Added: Apr 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile guitarist Big Joe Williams and harmonica ace John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, who last recorded together, this week in 1947.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Robert Johnson, who made his recording debut the week of Thanksgiving, 1936.

  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Big Maceo, who recorded his “magnum opus” — the barnstorming instrumental “Chicago Breakdown” — this week in 1945.

  • Added: Apr 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile the Memphis Jug Band, whose 1929 recording, “K.C. Moan,” was one of the 84 selections on the “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Sid Hemphill, who was recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress, this week in 1942.

  • Added: Mar 31, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Barriers keep people under 21 out of many areas at the Capitol Hill Block Party. , Credit: KUOW Photo/Noah Phillips Reardon
Music festivals all around the country are great places to hear live music. However, not everyone can enjoy the music. Many of the stages have an a...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2015
  • Length: 06:22
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Page Wilson was a singer and a song writer and host of the most popular music show in Richmond, Virginia. Called the Out of the Blue Radio Revue, i...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2011
  • Length: 52:46
Caption: Lady E. aka
Lady E tells me that some nights when she’s finished singing and returns to her apartment and is having trouble with the zipper on her dress, she’l...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2011
  • Length: 56:36
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They have no band. No backup. No room for error. In a barbershop quartet the only instrument is the vocal chords.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2010
  • Length: 06:14
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An African griot meets a German jazz trumpeter when Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze talk about their unlikely and serenely beautiful collaboration.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 29, 2010
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: trumpeter Jon Hassell
Americana is a genre that usually refers to rustic music with roots in heartland American sounds from folk, blues and country. But recently, Americ...

Bought by KTRL


  • Added: Dec 18, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Baaba Maal
Senegalese singer Baaba Maal talks about the evolution of the African Griot and his own ethereal new CD, Television, recorded with The Brazilian Gi...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and KTRL


  • Added: Dec 09, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Adam Larkey
Many of the musicians who perform at fiddlers' conventions and music festivals throughout southern Appalachia are, in fact, young kids.

Bought by WMMT, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and WTIP


  • Added: Dec 04, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Donna De Lory
Donna De Lory turns Hindi chants into spiritual pop songs. A back-up singer for Madonna and a gifted singer-songwriter in her own right, Donna De ...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
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It was John Cage who suggested that music was always in the air, and John Luther Adams has been tapping that sound for over 30 years. His evocative...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
Caption: Robert Moog
On what would have been his 75th Birthday, we remember Robert Moog, creator of the Moog synthesizer with Roger O’Donnell, former keyboardist with T...

Bought by WMNF


  • Added: May 19, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Sumner McKane has been releasing albums of evocative soundscapes dipped in Americana as cinematic as a John Ford western and as nuanced as Andrew W...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2008
  • Length: 03:30

  • Added: Oct 13, 2008
  • Length: 03:30
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Will Sheff's songs for Okkervil River have the cinematic quality of short films.

  • Added: Sep 05, 2008
  • Length: 13:49
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CD Pick: Peter Kater and Joseph Fire Crow's Wind of the East

  • Added: Jul 02, 2008
  • Length: 03:30
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Global percussion pairs with a cinematic voice

  • Added: May 28, 2008
  • Length: 03:30
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Nashville duo talks about an atmospheric guitar landscape

  • Added: May 20, 2008
  • Length: 03:30
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A profile of rock producer, ambient musician and music conceptualist Brian Eno, for his 60th birthday

  • Added: May 07, 2008
  • Length: 03:30

  • Added: May 02, 2008
  • Length: 03:30