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  • Levon Helm dies at 71; drummer and singer with the Band

    Levon Helm dies at 71; drummer and singer with the Band
    Levon Helm is most widely known for the songs he sang that found their way onto the pop charts during his long tenure as drummer and singer for the Band: "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Don't Do It," earthy and infectious conglomerations of gospel, country, blues, folk and rock music.
  • 'Sweet Joe' Russell dies at 72; singer with the Persuasions

    'Sweet Joe' Russell dies at 72; singer with the Persuasions
    "Sweet Joe" Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the "kings of a cappella," has died. He was 72. Russell died May 5 in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes,...

    Stagecoach 2012: Some highlights -- Miranda Lambert, Dave Alvin

     
    Highlights from the first two days of the 2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival include performances by Miranda Lambert, Steve Martin, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean. The Mavericks reunion and roots-rock singer-songwriter Dave Alvin also provided...

    Joe Smith's candid artist talks heading to Library of Congress

     
    Classic-film fans know all about Frank Capra’s 1941 political treatise “Meet John Doe.” Soon, music lovers will have the chance to “Meet Joe Smith,” and in the process get a little closer to dozens of the most important...

    Rickie Lee Jones and Bettye LaVette interpret the blues

    Rickie Lee Jones and Bettye LaVette interpret the blues
    In a concert last month at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe, the buzzy English singer Paloma Faith crouched down near the floor to sing "Let Me Down Easy." It's a tough-love song associated with a number of hardy soul-music veterans, including Bettye LaVette and...