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Introducing the Americana Music Hour hosted by WXPN’s Dan Reed

Willie Nelson | still from video

Beginning this Sunday, September 9th at 3 p.m., XPN Music Director and Afternoon host Dan Reed will host and produce a one hour weekly Americana music show.The Americana Music Hour will feature the best of Americana music, past and present, with weekly countdowns and features. From alt-country to country classics, from folk to bluegrass and singer-songwriters, the Americana Music Hour will include roots music that helped create the genre of Americana and the new artists that continue to stretch its broad scope. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Can You Hear Me” by Ryan Culwell

Ryan Culwell | Photo courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Ryan Culwell recently released his third full length album, The Last American. It’s the followup to his critically acclaimed Flatlands, released in 2015, and continues to capture the Springsteen-esque imagery and driving Americana of his last release. His song “Can You Hear Me” was inspired by the death of Eric Garner. Continue reading →

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Live Coverage: Aretha Franklin’s funeral

NEW YORK – MARCH 21: Singer Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall on March 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people — including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description — will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world. Some of the folks who will be at the Queen of Soul’s homegoing include Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Clive Davis, Michael Eric Dyson, Cicely Tyson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Ronald Isley and others.

Watch it live beginning Friday, August 31st at 10AM.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “People Get Old” by Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna | photo by Becky Fluke | courtesy of the artist

Considering she’s spent her life in Stoughton, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, for singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, Nashville has been very very good to her. As a songwriter, McKenna’s songwriting has become country music gold for musicians like Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Reba McIntire, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, and others. On her own solo work, as a songwriter through the eleven albums she’s released since 2000, McKenna’s common exploration of themes of family, inner personal turmoil, and the emotional ties and relationships we have between each other, have continued to shine with each new release. On her new album, The Tree McKenna remains a powerful and prolific storyteller about the human condition. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: Richard Thompson’s “The Storm Won’t Come” and “Bones of Gilead”

Richard Thompson | Photo by Tom Bejgrowicz/Courtesy of the artist

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson recently announced his 19th studio album, 13 Rivers.

Thompson, who co-founded the seminal British folk group Fairport Convention in 1967, last worked with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on 2015’s Still. For 13 Rivers, Thompson self-produced the album in an old studio in Hollywood with his band including drummer Michael Jerome, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and guitarist Bobby Eichorn. Continue reading →

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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 →