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JPR Music is a place that celebrates music discovery.  It's a place that collects what we think is exciting on the contemporary music  scene, in the State of Jefferson and beyond.  JPR Music features exclusive Live Sessions, reviews by JPR music hosts, NPR Tiny Desk concerts and First Listens of new releases.  Visit often ... and re-discover music!

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9:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis Generating Oscar Buzz

Lead in text: 
We've been in love with the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers movie for a couple of months now, but unfortunately it looks like we may all have to wait awhile before we can actually see the film around these parts. It's a frustrating scenario to read so much about a film we can't even evaluate for ourselves.
LOS ANGELES - In the new film by Joel and Ethan Coen, a struggling folk singer, Llewyn Davis, plays a song for a music promoter. After listening intently, the promoter issues his review: "I don't see a lot of money here."
Rosanne Cash's New Album
11:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 7:34 am

It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe Rosanne Cash's new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's The List, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father Johnny's 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge.

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Recordings
3:39 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Best Albums Of 2013

JPR music hosts take a stab identifying standout recordings of 2013.

Don Matthews | Classical Music Director & Host First Concert

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Live Session Archive
2:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tony Furtado Trio Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 12-6-2013

Before Tony Furtado became a highly-regarded slide guitarist/banjo player, he studied art and music at Cal State Hayward. It was during that time that he went on a whim to Kansas and entered the Grand National Banjo Championship - and won.

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Live Session Archive
8:47 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Live Session

Dominic Barth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a Detroit-based based pop band created by Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott.

Aired 11-29-2013

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Live Session Archive
6:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Garland Jeffreys Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 11-22-2013

Garland Jeffreys has earned a loyal international audience for his intelligent and passionate songs, informed by a variety of musical styles from rock and R&B to reggae and dance music, and dealing with topics both personal and political, often at the same time. While not especially prolific -- he has released a mere six studio albums since 1981 -- Jeffreys' work reveals a rock & roller's soul and a poetic sensibility that have earned him the respect of musical peers such as Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, David Johansen, and John Cale.

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Live Session Archive
1:11 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Elephant Revival Live Session

Aired 11-15-2013

Elephant Revival is a band that’s gaining national recognition for their innovative and eclectic approach to acoustic music. They’re a young group who’ve developed their own genre-jumping style that’s been called “Transcendental Folk.” 

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Live Session Archive
6:14 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Paper Kites Live Session

The Paper Kites
Peter Kleinhenz

Aired 11-8-2013

With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 7 million combined YouTube views. 

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Recordings
10:46 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Beautiful Melancholy

Nick Drake

I have been listening to music for as long as I can remember. My father was an accordion player of Italian folk songs and American country music since before I was born, and through the early years of my life there was always music and sing-alongs around the kitchen table with friends and family.

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Live Session Archive
9:55 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Rufus Wainwright Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

The Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright has made a musical mark with seven albums of original music, an opera and soundtracks for movies such as Across the Universe, Shrek, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Moulin Rouge. The Canadian-American also earned a Grammy nomination for his sold-out Judy Garland tribute performances at Carnegie Hall. From pop to classical to opera, Wainwright is fulfilling his mission “to make albums with variety and a sense of perspective on all that music can be.”

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