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News and reviews from the world of music.

Soul-deep shadows

By Arsenio Orteza
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Music | Melanie Penn’s dreamlike second album never loses sight of hope

MerleFest’s gospel showcase

By Warren Cole Smith
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Music | North Carolina’s popular roots fest provides a family-friendly platform for old-fashioned, Sunday morning music

Nickel Creek’s new hootenanny soundtrack satisfies but fails to excite

By Jeff Koch
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Music | When Nickel Creek first burst onto the scene in 2000, they turned heads with their heady brew of bluegrass, rock, and jazz. Time Magazine named the band one of…

Silent nuns become singing sensation

By Joseph Slife & Lynde Langdon
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Music | How did a cloistered group of nuns living on a farm in Northwest Missouri become a best-selling singing group? They do not tour; they don’t do public…

The original guitar hero dies at age 93

By Jeff Koch
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Music | The celebrated country music guitarist Arthur Smith, who influenced the Beatles and befriended Billy Graham, died this month. He was 93. He left behind three…

Worship the Lord with banjo and accordion

Worship the Lord with banjo and accordion

By Angela Lu
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Music | Where King David worshipped with flutes and lyres, Rend Collective uses banjos, accordions, mandolins, ukuleles, and something called a “Jingling…

Life (and death) at South By Southwest

By Warren Cole Smith
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Music | Tragedy at fast-growing festival provokes public soul-searching and questions for other American mega-festivals. Are some becoming victims of their success?

Flamenco legacy

By Arsenio Orteza
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Music | Posthumous album will continue the influence of Paco de Lucía

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza
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Music | New or recent jazz albums

Christian rocker Larry Norman recognized as an American musical treasure

By Jeff Koch
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Music | The Library of Congress recently added the work of Christian rock innovator Larry Norman to the National Recording Registry, an elite collection of recordings…

Jazz violinist Regina Carter’s musical coal mine

By Jeff Koch
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Music | African-American jazz violinist Regina Carter remembers taking baths in a tin pail on the front porch of her grandmother’s home in Alabama, where she spent…

Durable hymns

Durable hymns

By Arsenio Orteza
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Music | New and recent CDs maintain traditional hymns in diverse styles

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