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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. 

    Guests:

    Pauline Black, Mandolin Orange and Diane Pecknold

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

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