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Lera Lynn plays well with her friends at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville

Lera Lynn photo by Val Hoeppner/WMOT Roots Radio at 3rd and Lindsley.

Last Friday night at 3rd and Lindsley, the Nashville music community was out in full force to celebrate the release of singer-songwriter Lera Lynn‘s excellent new collection of duets, Plays Well With Others.

The new collection of songs features collaborations with Dylan LeBlanc, Peter Bradley Adams, JD McPherson, Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs, Shovels & Rope, Nicole Atkins, and John Paul White. All of Lynn’s collaborators – except for McPherson and Shovels & Rope – were on hand for the evening, in front of an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. Continue reading →

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Listen to our massive First Song, First Side, First Album #TBTXPN Spotify playlist


Throwback Thursday – #TBTXPN – is back every Thursday, all summer long. Our first week we celebrated the music of 1968. This past week we dug deep into our record collections and played the “lead-off” tracks – the first songs from the side ones of debut albums. We pulled together a list of the songs we played on XPN, plus more, in a Spotify playlist of 140 + songs – over 9 hours of music to listen to below. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Other Lover” by Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis | Photo Credit: Jacalyn Meyvis | Courtesy of Rounder Records

Mikaela Davis came out of of the Rochester, New York music scene. A classically trained harpist and singer-songwriter, Davis studied at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, was raised on the Salzedo method of harp playing and studied under Grace Wong, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years. Davis releases her debut for Rounder Records, Delivery, on July 13th. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Healing Tide” by The War and Treaty

The War and Treaty | Photo courtesy of the artist and label.

After an exhilarating live performance at the Americana Music Association’s music festival last September in Nashville at Cannery Ballroom, husband and wife musical duo The War and Treaty – Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter – became one of the most talked about sets at the festival by a whole lot of people. Had I not been there to experience it for myself, I would have doubted the hyperbole. Continue reading →

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Happy National Donut Day: Listen to Federal Donuts’ takeover of the XPN Friday Morning Mixtape

Chocolate Seasalt Rumors | via Federal Donuts

It’s National Donut Day today and to celebrate, Philadelphia’s Federal Donuts have a couple of awesome things coming out of their kitchen. First up, they’re releasing “GREATEST HITS Vol. 4” and are making available six of their most popular “fancies” at all their locations. (More here.)

Next, there’s the playlist. Knowing how much the Federal Donuts staff loves music, we asked the crew to curate this week’s Friday Morning Mixtape, broadcast today at 9 a.m. on the Morning Show with Kristen Kurtis. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Are You Electrified” by Arthur Buck

Arthur Buck | Photo by Dean Karr

Arthur Buck is the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. Their new self-titled debut album is out June 15th. The 11-song collection was co-written by the duo, produced by Joseph Arthur, and mixed by Tchad Blake, known for his work with U2, Pearl Jam, and The Black Keys. Continue reading →