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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.

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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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We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist, the series where we ask people to pick tunes that best represent The Peach State. Andrew Shepard of the Athens-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir picks out songs by Neutral Milk Hotel and Thayer Sarrano.

Little Tybee

The band Little Tybee first came together in Atlanta in 2009. The group blends folksy lyrics with intricate musical arrangements. Their fourth album is out this week and the band gave us a live music preview from the GPB Performance Studio. 

 

Atlanta Jazz Fest Celebrates 39th Anniversary In Style

May 30, 2016
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This Memorial Day weekend marked the 39th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Since 1977 the festival has presented some of the best and most influential artists in the genre. Located in Piedmont Park, the festival welcomed approximately 150,000 people over the course of three days. Acts like Theo Croker, Jamison Ross, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Benny Golson and Gregory Porter performed across three stages.

Georgia Playlist: Chandra Currelley

May 27, 2016
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The Atlanta Jazz Festival takes over Piedmont Park through Sunday, and that gives us the perfect excuse to add a couple more tunes to the Georgia Playlist. This special edition of the Georgia Playlist features an artist who will perform at the festival. Atlanta jazz singer Chandra Currelley shares songs by Jean Carne and James Brown.

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Ashley Pointer says with her violin, she can pretty much do anything the human voice can do. 

Ironically, she says it wasn't her decision to pick up her bow. But today, as the first violinist to be accepted into the competitive Grammy Camp summer program, she is glad it happened. 

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Before his album of duets with Carla Thomas, before "Dock of the Bay," even before wowing the crowd at the Monterey Pop Festival, Otis Redding was in a band not as the front man, but mostly because he could drive.

That band was Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers, a staple of the Macon music scene in the early days of rock and roll. And yes, guitar ace Jenkins couldn't drive, but he also  had the foresight to give Redding the microphone. The partnership led to one of Redding's first singles, the rocker "Shout Bama Lama."

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Bassist Jane Little of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra died Sunday. Little collapsed during a performance and was rushed to the hospital. She died shortly after.

 

In a statement posted on the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Facebook, the group mourned Little's passing. "We are deeply saddened to report that bassist Jane Little passed away earlier this evening. She was a gem, a firecracker, and a pioneer for women in American symphony orchestras, and will be sorely missed."

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William Bell is one of Georgia’s most venerable musical performers, recording and touring throughout the Southeast during his decades-long career. His musical stylings have inspired many artists after him, but the veteran soul singer still isn’t done adding more pages to his personal story. Bell will unveil a new album, "This Is Where I Live," next month.

We sit down with Bell to talk about his life and work and what he thinks about the state of music in the South.

Check out one of William Bell's songs, "Happy."

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