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The prolific songwriter's new self-titled album has the sound of an artist in thrall to making music on his own terms. NPR's Arun Rath visits him at his studio in Hollywood.

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Shara Worden's music sounds both micro-orchestrated and entirely, ecstatically spontaneous. Every song here is a mission statement and a directive; each is propulsive and demanding of full attention.

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Tennessee State Parks

Thanks to an intrepid park ranger who became a part-time folklorist, an archive of sound recordings and lyric sheets bears witness to a tradition that could well have died off.

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The Good Listener has a modest proposal for those who seek a football anthem everyone can enjoy.

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If her Prince-assisted '80s hits are all you know of Sheila Escovedo, you're missing half the story. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with the drummer, singer and bandleader and dives in to her early history.

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