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All American Rock Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is back with his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. This collaboration with veteran country artist Carlene Carter promises a grand return to Mellencamp’s eclectic roots.

On her ninth studio album, Be Myself, Sheryl Crow revisits the sounds that made her an icon of ‘90s pop.

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Legendary country singer Jessi Colter has had an interesting life as a successful recording artist and wife to Waylon Jennings, all of which she recounts in her book, An Outlaw and a Lady. Also, a special Latin Roots segment featuring Rahsaan.

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  Aimee Mann knows that she has a reputation for writing depressing songs. For her new album, Mental Illness, she used this as permission to craft a set of down-tempo, acoustic ballads. 

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British multi-disciplinarian Kate Tempest has tried her hand at everything from rap to poetry to playwriting. Let Them Eat Chaos, a hip hop concept album, is her latest project.

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Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Andy Shauf might not seem like an avid partygoer, but his latest album, The Party, revolves around his experiences at a memorable late-night gathering. And in the second hour, a live set from   The Wild Reeds, a folk-rock quintet out of L.A. 

Rock and roll icon Ray Davies has toured all over the world with his band The Kinks, but his fascination with the United States is what drives his new album, Americana. Plus, Talia premieres exclusive Record Store Day tracks by Jason Isbell and The War on Drugs.

John Nau of Spectra joins Scott Regan on Friday's Open Tunings to talk about a special CD release party for Carol and the Impalas and a tribute to their lead singer, the late Carol Heveron. The event takes place at Abilene at 9PM on Friday April 21. Be sure to tune in to Open Tunings, 9 to noon, on Different Radio.

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