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"From the moment I walked into town I was definitely not your usual country singer," says Mickey Guyton, who has spent the last 10 years in Nashville making her name as an artist, despite pushback. "There were a lot of times where I was trying so hard to prove to my peers and prove to this industry that I am country."

Shemekia Copeland On Mountain Stage

Sep 25, 2021

On a chilly night in April, Mountain Stage hosted its first live audience show in 14 months. In celebration of the 150th birthday of Huntington, W.Va., the concert unfolded under the Friday night lights of Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium.

WCBE is looking forward to having Parker Millsap back in the studio to perform Live From Studio A

Nashville's Erin Rae will join us Live From Studio A in advance of her show that night at The Basement presented by WCBE! 

Columbus group Mingo will join us Live From Studio A in advance of their album release celebration for Fulton on Saturday at Natalie's Worthington!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!

On A Southern Gothic, her third full-length album, Adia Victoria emerges as a songwriter capable of nuance and atmosphere. Throughout the record, she explores her relationship to the South — where she was born and where she still resides — and the South's relationship with her as a Black woman.

Cincinnati's The Tillers will perform Live From Studio A before they head on over to the 2021 Ohiolina Music Festival in Granville, OH!

Tune in for live music and conversation on what they've been working on since their latest 2018 release.

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!

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From John Coltrane to Tierra Whack, Philadelphia has historically been home to generations of forward-thinking, boundlessly creative Black artists. This year, the Black Music City program celebrated that legacy with a series of projects ranging from community concerts to unique compositions and more.

Briston Maroney will join us for a Live From Studio A session in advance of his sold out show at the A&R Music Bar that night presented by WCBE! 

Judges for this year's Tiny Desk Contest waded and watched and debated through thousands of entries, but today we finally have a winner: Her family knows her as Mecca Russell – we'll come to know her as Neffy.

Today "has been absolutely wild," she tells All Thing Considered's Mary Louise Kelly in a conversation this afternoon, following the announcement of the news early this morning. "My mom is bursting at the seams," she says, adding that her parents are "really happy, and that makes me happy."

WCBE is looking forward to hosting the Seratones Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at the Rumba Cafe

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Picking one Tiny Desk Contest winner from the thousands of amazing entries we received this year wasn't easy.

Music impresario George Wein, who spawned the modern music festival when he helped launch the Newport Jazz and Newport Folk Festivals, has died at the age of 95.

According to a statement from his family, Wein died peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning.

Wein co-founded the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and the Newport Folk Festival in 1959. Newport was the first and largest event of its kind in the U.S., setting the standard for outdoor music festivals to come.

We're celebrating NPR's 50th anniversary by revisiting cultural milestones from the year we began broadcasting.

"My mother and father believed very much in the power of conceptual thinking," Sean Ono Lennon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son, explains of the inspiration for his parents' song. "We're listening to someone who isn't naive, and isn't saying these things from a kind of arrogance, or ignorance."

On this day, 50 years ago, John Lennon's album Imagine — along with its utopian title track — was released. Let's listen back.

Ron Gallo is perpetually evolving. Over the last few years, the former lead singer of roots rock band Toy Soldiers has embraced a range of sounds in his music: indie rock, garage and — for his newest album, Peacemeal -- lo-fi pop.

Michigan Rattlers
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Michigan Rattlers will perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at The Basement!

They're out on the road with their second full-length album That Kind Of Life and we're happy they'll be making a stop in Columbus and WCBE!

Tune in for live music, conversation and more chances to win tickets to the show!

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Paul Thorn and a Live From Studio A session in advance of the show that night at Columbus Athenaeum Theatre with special guest The Vindys! 

Faye Webster
Pooneh Ghana

Faye Webster will be dropping by to perform Live From Studio A in advance of her sold out show that night at the A&R Music Bar with Danger Incorporated!

Nearly 40 years since they last made music together, the members of ABBA are back. The Swedish pop group has announced an upcoming "hologram" concert in London and its first studio album in four decades.

"We took a break in the spring of 1982, and now we've decided it's time to end it," the band announced in a news release. "They say it's foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we've recorded a follow-up to The Visitors."

Musician Tim Ries has been a touring member of The Rolling Stones since 1999, playing woodwinds and keys. But he also enjoyed a special relationship with drummer Charlie Watts, as their shared love of jazz bloomed into a series of collaborations. Watts died Aug. 24 at age 80; below is Ries' remembrance of a few exceptional moments from their two-decade friendship.

Soul artist Bette Smith will join us Live From Studio A in advance of her show on Saturday at Natalie's Worthington

Lee DeWyze will return to WCBE to perform Live From Stuido A in advance of his show that night at Natalie's Grandview with special guest D'Arcy.

Tune in for live music, conversation about his brand new release Ghost Stories and a chance to win tickets to the show!

Nina Simone introduced me to Ledisi. I've been working on a project devoted to Ms. Simone's music, and from the very beginning my producer has been telling me about Ledisi's tribute album to Simone. It sounded interesting — a powerhouse R&B and jazz singer paying homage to an artist whose music provided her a lifeline in a time of crisis. And then, last month, Ledisi Sings Nina came out.

The last weeks of this stifling August have offered a profound lesson about creativity, music history and the magic of being part of something larger than yourself. The deaths of Tom T.

In an industry filled with boundary-breaking visionaries and spectacularly accomplished eccentrics, Lee "Scratch" Perry stood out. The legendary producer of reggae and dub music has died at the age of 85. No cause of death was given; Jamaican media reported that Perry died in a hospital in Lucea, in the northwestern part of the country. His passing today was confirmed in a series of tweets from from Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness.

What do "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith and "I Was Here" by Beyoncé all have in common? The answer is they were all written by one woman — Diane Warren.

Our friend Tim Easton will be back in town and we're happy he'll be returning to WCBE to perform Live From Studio A! 

Blake Bergere and Nick Lorenz formed Bird and Byron after college, recording their first songs in 2020 and four more this year. The WonderBus Festival marks the duo's first live session in almost two years due to the pandemic. They talk about the inspiration for their new songs and in the spirit of WonderBus, which also shines a light on mental health, Bird and Byron share their own struggles and what's helped.   

Today's World Cafe session might inspire you to go back and read the journals you wrote as a kid. It's what started Lucy Dacus on the road to her latest album, Home Video. It's a collection of personal moments from the singer-songwriter's life, translated into song by way of her vulnerable, honest lyricism.

"I don't like to talk down to children," Tom T. Hall told me over a decade ago. He didn't condescend to me either, even though I was a young, somewhat green interviewer back then, probably overreaching in the questions I asked on the two occasions when he welcomed me into the studio behind his home, and he was a beloved and revered Country Music Hall of Famer. From the mid-1960s, when first started working as a songwriter, until he died Aug. 20 at the age of 85, he was never one to talk down to an audience.

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