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The Queen Of Ska; African Americans In Country Music; Mandolin Orange Live

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mandolin Orange performs in the Soundcheck studio. Mandolin Orange performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Pauline Black, frontwoman for the influential British 2-Tone ska band The Selecter, discusses her recent memoir, Black By Design, and a new album, String Theory.

Plus: The idea that country music is a “white genre” is one that’s been stubbornly hanging on for a long time. A new anthology by Diane Pecknold, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, sets its sights on shattering that understanding.

And: North Carolina-based country and folk duo Mandolin Orange brings its rootsy songs to the Soundcheck studio. 


    Pauline Black, Mandolin Orange and Diane Pecknold

    African Americans In Country Music

    The new book Hidden In The Mix dispels the myth that country music is exclusively "white" music. 


    Watch: Mandolin Orange: In The Studio

    Watch the North Carolina folk duo perform new songs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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