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Singer Kate Pierson has been a staple of Georgia's music scene since the early 1970s. She is a founding member of the B-52s. She has also collaborated with the likes of R.E.M., the Ramones, Iggy Pop and many others. Her first solo album was released in 2015. She adds two songs to our Georgia Playlist, a couple classics from James Brown and Little Richard.

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R.E.M. made the world listen. Formed in 1980, the quartet out of Athens, Georgia exploded the old idea of what pop music is all about. The 25th anniversary edition of the band’s iconic “Out of Time” album is set to be released in November. A 2014 MTV documentary explores the band’s Georgia roots.

Exclusive interview with Pylon…post-punk legends from Athens, GA on the occasion of the release of their double album “Live.” Plus tracks from Russian Circles, The Orb and more. Get more Pylon in our live session with the Pylon Reenactment Society, too. You can follow the Just Off The Radar podcast on the NPR One app. 

Just Off The Radar: Nellie McKay Live

Aug 19, 2016

Recently we were lucky enough to have Nellie McKay record a few songs for us during her 2016 tour at Atlanta’s City Winery. And you can subscribe to the Just Off The Radar Podcast on Google Play or follow the show on the NPR One app. 

Georgia Playlist: Speakerfoxxx

Aug 19, 2016
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Atlanta producer and DJ Christen Nilan, also known as Speakerfoxxx, adds two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. She’s the host of the radio program “Cruisin’ in the ATL,” and part of a re-launch of Red Bull Music Academy Radio. RBMA Radio is taking place at Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta this week with lectures, workshops, and live broadcasts.

The Red Bull Music Academy's RBMA Radio lands in Atlanta this week. It's a six-day event with lectures, workshops, and live broadcasts. It features conversations and performances from artists and musicians who have shaped the city's sound, including Jermaine Dupri, Organized Noize, and Don Cannon.  

Just Off The Radar: New Dinosaur Jr.

Aug 15, 2016

Dig into some new Dinosaur Jr. (the whole band is back together), a track from Case/Lang/Veirs, a track off the new Pylon live album and more in this episode of Just Off The Radar. You can follow the Just Off The Radar podcast on the NPR One app.

Just Off The Radar: Angel Olsen ...And More

Aug 15, 2016

Thank heavens…a new Angel Olsen is forthcoming this year! As a preview we’ve got the latest single from her this week, along with tributes to Ralph Stanley and Scotty Moore, a throwback track from John Wesley Harding, and new BRONCHO. Subscribe to the Just Off The Radar podcast on Google Play or follow the show on the NPR One app. 

VICTOR WAINWRIGHT

Savannah blues musician Victor Wainwright adds two more songs to our Georgia playlist, a collection of the best songs from or about Georgia. Wainwright is known as the “Piana from Savannah” and won the 2016 B.B. King Entertainer Award from the Blues Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Wainwright adds two of his favorite songs to the Playlist: "Diggin' The Boogie" (1951) by Piano Red and "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell. 

In this Field Session, we give you singer, songwriter and virtuoso of both guitar and lyric Dylan LeBlanc. In this solo acoustic set from the Bragg Jam Music Festival, LeBlanc performs songs from his debut album "Pauper's Field" as well as the album he's touring now, "Cautionary Tale." Recorded at the Field Note Stenographers Stage at Gallery West in Macon, Georgia. Hear three songs in the video or listen to the whole set in the audio above. 

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In this Field Session we have a live set from singer/songwriter Andrew Bryant of Water Valley, Miss. You can usually find Andrew behind the trap kit in his band Water Liars, but last year he released an album of his own songs in his voice accompanied by his guitar.

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The Bragg Jam Music Festival and Concert Crawl is on one day, Saturday, July 30. With 80 bands on 20 stages, it can pose a logistical challenge to even the most die hard fans. To help you get a start on a manageable plan, have a listen to Sarah and Justin Schanck of Macon. You can find the Bragg Jam schedule at the festival's site.

Georgia Playlist: Gwen Hughes

Jul 29, 2016
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We add two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist. All tunes have to be written or performed by a Georgian. And musicians can't pick one of their own songs to go on the playlist. Atlanta jazz singer Gwen Hughes chooses hits from Johnny Mercer and Otis Redding. 

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Growing up at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, Jimmy Haney had one dream. To join the musicians he and his father heard on the radio at the Grand Ole Opry. He got his start on that road in the 1950s with an icon of Country Music, but it almost cost him his life. Haney tells his story in this piece from GPB Music and the Field Note Stenographers

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Kishi Bashi recently stopped by NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters to announce his new album Sonderlust, which is due out Sept. 16 via Joyful Noise. It includes the lushly layered "Say Yeah," a rapturous mix of '70s soft rock, disco and synth pop.

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We add a couple of songs to our essential Georgia Playlist courtesy of David Barbe, director and lecturer at the University of Georgia’s music business certificate program. He selects a pair of his favorite songs, one from Athens scene pioneers Pylon and another from Atlanta's Lotus Plaza featuring Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter.

Check out  "Stop It" by Pylon and "Strangers" by Lotus Plaza.

Most folks are well acquainted with the classic country and blues form that is the cheatin' song. Whether the singer plays the wronged party, the adulterer or the "other" man or woman, American music is full of tales about what goes on at the dark end of the street and behind back doors.

When musicians Nick Walusko and Darian Sahanaja first met in Los Angeles back in 1983, they immediately bonded over their shared passions: movies, sci-fi and the mysteries of 1960s pop. The two spent countless hours poring over records by bands like Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas and The Beach Boys, "just taking apart music and figuring out how all the parts work together," Walusko recalls.

Manchester Orchestra

The new film “Swiss Army Man” tells the story of a shipwrecked man who befriends a corpse. The soundtrack was composed by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell. They're part of the Atlanta-indie rock band Manchester Orchestra and join us to add two more tunes to our Georgia Playlist.  They pick songs by  Gnarls Barkley of Atlanta and Neutral Milk Hotel of Athens.

Just past the halfway mark of the year, the tastemakers at NPR Music are taking stock of the releases that caught their ears in 2016. Do you have an album (or two, or three) to add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

Keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell, who helped shape the sound of the band Parliament-Funkadelic and influenced countless artists across a wide range of genres, died Friday at 72.

Worrell announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer.

Andy Partridge Interview: Just Off The Radar

Jun 24, 2016

Pop maestro Andy Partridge, formerly of XTC, talks about the new book “Complicated Game: Inside The Songs Of XTC” that he co-authored with journalist Todd Bernhardt. Also music from Black Mountain,  Swedish Zappa style pop from Dungen and Wayne Coyne sans Flaming Lips. 

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Georgia Playlist: Joi Gilliam

Jun 24, 2016
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Neo-soul singer Joi Gilliam has performed with some of the biggest names in music like Outkast and Goodie Mob, but her personal taste leans in a funkier direction. She adds two songs to our Georgia Playlist. 

Have a song you'd put on the Georgia Playlist? We'd love to hear about it.  Call us at 404-500-9457 or tweet at OSTtalk to nominate a tune.  

 

 

A pair of blue suede shoes touched down in Georgia 60 years ago this weekend. The Savannah civic center played host to Elvis Presley's first concert in that city on June 25, 1956. Elvis made his national TV debut on CBS just a few months earlier.  Back then, Dee Sutlive was a 14-year-old fan of the rock ‘n’ roll legend. She recalls what it was like seeing him perform.

The Jepson Center for the Arts has rare images of Elvis Presley at age 21 on display through October 2.

Macon rapper Floco Torres has released something like 20 releases  and says he may have 600 unreleased songs lurking on hard drives. He's primed to release a batch of songs this Summer on what he's calling the Porsche EP. In this Field Session, listen to the track '87 911 off the upcoming release plus the song Freedom off of last Summer's Vinsanity release. Recorded at the Cannonball House in Macon, Ga.

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Tim Sweetwood has been a staple of Atlanta's music scene for more than a decade. He started out as a music promoter.  Now he's a major player as the founder of the annual Atlanta music festivals known as Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats.

Producer Trevor Young caught up with Sweetwood during the Shaky Knees festival last month. We asked him to nominate two songs to our Georgia Playlist, our ever-growing, essential list of songs written or performed by Georgians. Press play to hear his picks.

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Billy Joe Shaver might not be the household name that other country musicians of his generation are. The Texas native who still calls Waco home used to run with Willie and threatened Waylon to make good on a promise to record his songs. But before that he was just a laborer and a cowboy who had to lose three fingers before making a deal with God to do what he was supposed to do: write songs. From the Capitol Theatre in Macon. 

Four Tet, Frankie Cosmos, New Move and More

Jun 7, 2016

Four Tet celebrates 1,000,000 listeners by releasing a track with one of the longest names we’ve ever heard, plus a #ThrowbackTrack from Dukes of the Stratosphere, and a farewell to Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete

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