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Nash FM In NYC; Soundcheck's Country Gold; Natural Sound Archive

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Friday, February 01, 2013

Alan Jackson was the second artist played on New York's new country music station. Alan Jackson was the second artist played on New York's new country music station. (Russ Harrington / courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: Have you heard the news? New York City officially has a country music station -- its first in almost 20 years. We hear your reactions to the new Nash.FM – and about New York City’s growing country music scene.

Plus, we take a look back at some of our favorite recent in-studio country music performances. 

And, we hear about the digitization of the most famous archive of natural sounds: the Macaulay Library at Cornell University.

Booze, Breakups and Banjos: 60 Minutes of Listening to Nash FM

Dig your cowboy boots out of the closet -- New York City recently got its first commercial country music station in almost two decades. Earlier this week, we hosted an hour-long Parallel Play, listening to Nash FM 94.7 and chatting about it online with country music neophyte A.J. Jacobs and country music expert Jessie Scott. (You can check out our archived chat here.)

Today, our chat participants rehash our 60 minutes of listening -- discussing high and low points, lyrical trends and the prominence of pop-country crossover on the station. Plus, we hear from listeners about what they want to hear on the station. 

Check out a playlist of some of what we heard in our hour-long listen to Nash FM -- and tell us what you'd like to hear on the station below. 

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Soundcheck's Country Gold

Country music may be back in the saddle on the New York dial with Nash FM. But here at Soundcheck, country music was always in the saddle. Here are some of our favorite in-studio performances, from Laura Cantrell, The Devil Makes Three, Darrell Scott and more.

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The Call Of The Wild! World’s Largest Archive Of Natural Sound Goes Digital

Have 7,513 hours to spare? That’s about how long it would take you to listen through to the entire digital holdings of the Macaulay Library archive of natural sounds.

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Gig Alert: Katie Mullins

Singer/songwriter/thumb piano aficionado Katie Mullins plays Union Hall Friday night. Download the track "Spring."