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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.


Visiting Rodney Crowell's Dark, Raucous Childhood

Country music singer and songwriter Rodney Crowell brings his guitar to play some songs that relate to his new memoir, "Chinaberry Sidewalks." Crowell has been successful in the worlds of country music and alternative music. His songs have been hits for many singers, including Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings and Tim McGraw.


Kris Kristofferson Turns 70

inger, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson is probably best known for his hit "Me and Bobby McGee." He turned 70 on June 22, 2006 and has just received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. This spring, he released the album This Old Road, and there's an upcoming tribute album called The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson. This interview originally aired on Sept, 7, 1999.


Bruce Feiler Discusses the Evolution of Country Music.

Journalist Bruce Feiler. His new book is a history of country music: "Dreaming out Loud: Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, Wade Hayes, and the Changing Face of Nashville (Avon Books). Feiler writes regularly about American music for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications. He's also a frequent contributor to "All Things Considered."


When Rock Music Infiltrated Nashville

Rock historian Ed Ward looks at how the country music establishment reacted to the burgeoning popularity of rock music in the 1950s and '60s -- sometimes in inept, out-of-touch ways.


The Voice of Mother Earth

The band's lead singer Tracy Nelson made her mark as part of the Berkeley rock scene. She has since moved to Nashville, where she has been exploring her interest in blues, R&B and country music.

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