• May 30, 2012  

    Music legend Doc Watson died Tuesday at age 89. While he didn’t record an album until his 40s, his guitar-playing and singing helped define and influence the sound of folk and bluegrass music for several generations. Jeffrey Brown and Katy Daley, host of WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” discuss the blind guitar legend’s legacy. Continue reading

  • May 29, 2012   BY Mike Melia  

    Doc Watson, a legend of folk and bluegrass music, died Tuesday at a hospital in North Carolina. He was 89 years old. Blind as an infant, Watson developed into one of the nation’s finest pickers and received scores of honors.
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  • April 19, 2012  

    Levon Helm was the drummer and a singer for The Band, a rock group known for its blend of blues and folk in songs like “The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down” and for its work with Bob Dylan. Helm died Thursday at age 71. Here is an excerpt from one of his group’s signature songs, “The Weight.” Continue reading

  • July 16, 2010   BY Molly Finnegan 

    Front-woman of the Junior League Band, Lissy Rosemont is set to release her third full-length album, “Jelly Roll,” this week with a concert at Washington, D.C.’s Rock N Roll Hotel. Lissy is singer, guitarist, pianist, banjo player…and the author’s fiancee.
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  • July 14, 2010   BY Tom LeGro 

    Abigail and Lily Chapin have been singing and performing together since they can remember. Growing up in a family surrounded by musicians, they probably couldn’t help it. We met the sisters at a recent tour stop at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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  • May 19, 2010   BY Molly Finnegan 

    A roundup of arts headlines.
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  • November 19, 2009   BY Tom LeGro 

    Tonight on the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown talks to Wu Man, who at age 45 is one of the world’s leading musical ambassadors. She’s a master of the pipa — a four-stringed lute with ancient roots in central Asia and China.
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  • October 15, 2009   BY Arts Desk 

    Last night on PBS’s American Masters, viewers got an intimate portrait of one of America’s most famous singers. Joan Baez began performing with her guitar in coffee shops at just 17, but went on to help define the sound and social momentum of the 1960s with her politically-charged folk songs.
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  • October 6, 2009   BY Arts Desk 

    Critics have been praising the Wood Brothers since their first studio project together, a 2006 modern blues and folk album called “Ways Not to Lose.” NPR named the album one of the best of the year.
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  • October 1, 2009   BY Arts Desk 

    All artists carry stories — stories shaped by personal histories, cultures and family experiences. Fifteen of them are brought together at the Kohler Arts Center in “American Story,” an exhibition of artists with diverse backgrounds.
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