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Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell; Rock 'n' Roll Travel

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Emmylou Harris performs on Soundcheck in the Greene Space at WNYC. Emmylou Harris performs on Soundcheck in the Greene Space at WNYC. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Alt-country legend Emmylou Harris and veteran songwriter Rodney Crowell recently teamed up for a new album called Old Yellow Moon. They perform a special session recorded in The Greene Space.

Plus: Got some vacation days stockpiled? How about a rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage? Robert Reid, U.S. Editor for Lonely Planet, suggests some musical destinations.  

And: John Schaefer talks about a recent musical journey that he took -- all while sitting at his desk.

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    Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris and Robert Reid

    Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell: A Conversation Between Two Old Friends

    Old Yellow Moon is the brand new album from country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell -- but it's hardly their first collaboration. Harris and Crowell talk about their long-lasting musical friendship -- and perform a special session recorded in The Greene Space.

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    On The Road Again: Rock 'n' Roll Travel, From St. Louis To Stonehenge

    It seems like there are travel guides for most anybody these days -- the budget-conscious, the backpacker, the vegan. Now, there’s a guide for the music obsessive too. Robert Reid, U.S. travel editor for guidebook publisher Lonely Planet, has recently drawn on music for inspiration for his travels, and travel recommendations, in a list called “Top 40 Rock 'n' Roll Travel Sites.” He shares some of his favorite musical destinations, from Stonehenge to St. Louis, and he explains how songs can function as guidebooks. Read more about his favorite 'guidebook' songs here.

    Below are some of Robert Reid's suggestions. Do you have a favorite rock and roll travel destination? What are we missing? Let us know!

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    Tracing A Kate Nash Lyric Back 100+ Years

    Earlier in today's show, we were just talking about music-themed journeys -- visiting the bridge that's mentioned in a classic song, or finding the alley where an album cover was shot. But, as it turns out, you don't have to actually go anywhere to take a musical trip. Host John Schaefer took one the other day, all while sitting in front of his computer. 

    Starting with a line mentioned in English singer Kate Nash's new song "Girl Gang," we follow the thread backward -- bumping into the California skater punk band FIDLAR, the neo-disco group Escort, the '70s reggae artist Dillinger, Bob Dylan, and finally, the blind blues artist Reverend Gary Davis

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    Johnny Cash in the driver's seat of the 'One Piece At a Time' Cadillac with Bruce Fitzpatrick standing at the far right.

    Robert Reid's Top 5 Rock 'n' Roll ‘Guidebook’ Songs

    Lonely Planet's U.S. Travel Editor explains how you can plan a trip using songs as your guide. 

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    The Thermals

    Gig Alert: The Thermals

    Portland pop-punk power trio The Thermals plays 285 Kent Thursday night. Download the track "Born To Kill"

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