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Bob Dylan's Secret Recording Session With George Harrison and Friends

New York — Bob Dylan snuck into Columbia's Studio B in New York on May Day and recorded for 12 hours with George Harrison, lead guitarist for a …

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For new university students, Jerry Garcia has always been dead

As professors, we realize that our students stay the same age, but we don't. Keeping up with the latest is tough<p>Every fall the same thing happens: I say "salvete!" (hello in Latin) to a classroom of college students. The students are roughly the same age as they were last year, the year before, and …

Jerry Garcia: 1942-1995

He was the unlikeliest of pop stars and the most reticent of cultural icons.<p>Onstage he wore plain clothes – usually a sacklike T-shirt and loose …

Earl Scruggs, Dead at 88, Pioneered a Banjo Style Imitated but Never Equaled

Earl Scruggs perfected a banjo style often imitated but never equaled. By Malcolm Jones.<p>Before Earl Scruggs, banjo players were not front men, but …

Doc Watson, Folk Music Icon, Dies At 89

A mountain-born treasure of American folk music, Doc Watson, died Tuesday in North Carolina at age 89.<p>His manager said in a statement that Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, after abdominal surgery last week.<p>Watson was born in Deep Gap, N.C., in the Blue Ridge …

Fresh Air Remembers Traditional Music Legend Doc Watson

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on March 24, 1988.</i><p>Doc Watson, who was called "a living national treasure" for his virtuoso flat-picking and his repertoire of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes, has died. He was 89.<p>For more than five decades, the blind guitarist had been one of America's …

My love affair with the American bluegrass festival

All across the US, festivalgoers are falling under the spell of frenetic fiddle and banjo. But nothing matches the magic of Telluride festival in Colorado, where the audience helps make the music<p>It has been three years since I fell in love with bluegrass music. It was the frenetic fireworks of the …

An Astonishing Moment from a Bluegrass Legend

In bluegrass circles, it is being called “The Moment,” and some of the people who saw it wept. I heard about it from Gillian Welch. It involved the master guitar player Tony Rice, who was giving a speech late last month in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the occasion of being inducted into the …

Memphis Grizzlies sign guard Andre Barrett

The Memphis Grizzlies today signed free agent point guard Andre Barrett.<p>NBA preseason is ongoing, and that means many signings these days are merely …

Listen to a bluegrass-tinged track from Shakey Graves, a.k.a. Friday Night Lights' "The Swede"

Fans of <i>Friday Night Lights</i>might remember “The Swede,” the swarthy interloper who broke up Julie and Matt during season two. That actor, Alejandro …