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Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

The singer-songwriter earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers and The 400 Unit, but on this album -- written after got sober -- Isbell finds a new level of emotional honesty. Here, he talks with Terry Gross about his life and plays songs from Southeastern.

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Mark Mulcahy Is The 'Moving Forward Type'

The smart songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy" returns after eight years. Dear Mark J. Mulch, I Love You is full of smart wordplay and Mulcahy's unmistakable voice, but it's also driven by loss

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A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

The pop star has a flair for the extravagant, to say the least, but his new album is stripped down. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the "Elton John excess," his fear of sex as a young man, and how Liberace's example encouraged John to make the piano a star instrument.

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Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

The singer-songwriter earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers and The 400 Unit, but on this album -- written after got sober -- Isbell finds a new level of emotional honesty. Here, he talks with Terry Gross about his life and plays songs from Southeastern.

44:56

Stew: 'Making It' After A Tough Breakup

Stew's new album Making It is, in part, about his relationship with his ex-girlfriend and songwriting partner, Heidi Rodewald. The two musicians, who continue to work together professionally, also collaborated on the 2008 Tony-winning musical Passing Strange.

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