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Rodney Crowell: Singing From A Dark, Raucous Place.

Country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell brings his guitar into the studio and performs songs that relate to his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, about his rough-and-tumble childhood in East Texas.

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 9, 2011.


George Jones: A Wild Reputation, A Big Texas Sound.

The country musician nicknamed "The Possum" is known for his wild lifestyle as much as he's known for his No. 1 hits. In 1996, he joined Terry Gross for a conversation about his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All.

This interview was originally broadcast on May 8, 1996.


Johnny Cash: A Ghost Rider, Still Stirring Souls.

A new Johnny Cash album, American Recordings VI: Ain't No Grave was released this week to coincide with what would have been Cash's 78th birthday. We remember the singer, songwriter and guitarist, who wrote more than 1,500 songs — and performed from the 1950s until just before his death in 2003.


'Big Dog Daddy' Still Top Dog

Two weeks after its debut, Toby Keith's Big Dog Daddy remains No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The country singer was voted Favorite Male Artist at the American Music Awards last year.


'Highway of Dreams' for Singer Bradley Walker

Country singer Bradley Walker is making his recording debut with Highway of Dreams. Walker's vocal style "harkens back to an earlier generation of vocalists, such as George Jones and bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe." The record's producer is Carl Jackson who worked with Emmylou Harris and Glen Campbell. Walker has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and sung at leading bluegrass festivals. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, he has been in a wheelchair all his life.


Billy Joe Shaver

Singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver's life has been a rough road. Shaver became famous in the 1970s as the songwriter for the so-called "country music outlaws," including Waylon Jennings. This interview originally aired July 13, 2005.


Darrell Scott and Wayne Scott: A Reprise

A compelling father-and-son story, country musicians Wayne and Darrell Scott inspire each other. Darrell Scott's most recent CD is The Invisible Man. And last year, he persuaded his father, Wayne Scott, to record his own debut album of original songs — at age 71. It's called This Weary Way. (Original air date: July 3, 2006)

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