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Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture.

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    • 4.9 • 93 Ratings

Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture.

    Cory Henry has something to say

    Cory Henry has something to say

    Cory Henry is a remarkably gifted multi-instrumentalist. Growing up in the church, he started playing the Hammond B3 organ at age 2 and played his first gig at Apollo theater in NYC at age 6. As a professional musician he’s played along side Bruce Springsteen, Boyz II Men, The Roots, Kirk Franklin and many others including the acclaimed group Snarky Puppy which earned 3 Grammys during his tenure playing keys. Now he leads his band Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles who are releasing an album on Oct 30th called Something To Say, which features all of Henry’s gifts, but especially his voice in an album that makes you want to get up and dance as much as it makes you want to take action. 
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    • 31 min
    The Pop Music Forecast (with Lauren Michele Jackson)

    The Pop Music Forecast (with Lauren Michele Jackson)

    Shawn Mendes, BTS, Alicia Keys, 24kGoldn, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber & Chance The Rapper are all in the Hot 100 with songs that attempt to cope with the state of the world. What do they tell us about the sound of popular music and our collective psyche? Charlie is joined by writer, critic and friend of the podcast, Lauren Michele Jackson to offer a meteorological reading of music in late 2020.

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    SONGS DISCUSSED
    Shawn Mendes - Wonder
    Alicia Keys - Underdog
    Hamilton - My Shot
    Dua Lipa - Break My Heart
    INXS - Need You Tonight
    BTS - Dynamite
    Justin Bieber - Holy ft. Chance The Rapper
    24kgolden - Mood ft. iann dior
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    • 41 min
    Brandy Clark's Life Is A Record

    Brandy Clark's Life Is A Record

    There is a type of country song that loves flawed characters lost on a winding journey ... likely down a dit road. One of the best songwriters in this style is acclaimed artist Brandy Clark. Her credits include a whose-who of country music—Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Lean Rimes—and her albums have received overwhelming critical acclaim. And her debut record, 12 Stories, earned her a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
    We spoke with Brandy about her new album Your Life Is A Record, which asks what if your life’s journey fit on one LP. The songs are honest, and buck the all too familiar pop-country clichés. Clark writes songs about anti-heroes who make imperfect choices (“Who You Thought I Was,” “The Past Is The Past.”) All together her songs portray one whole life. 
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    • 31 min
    Keith Urban on The Speed of Now Part 1

    Keith Urban on The Speed of Now Part 1

    Keith Urban is a legend of country. He’s been releasing hit records for two decades now. Each album he describes as a portrait of his life in that moment. On his latest work, The Speed Of Now Part 1, has Urban disregarding country convention (as he’s known to do), and collaborating with a diverse roster of musicians who contribute an eclectic array of sounds funk guitar, breakbeat drums and even EDM style programming. The result is less straight ahead country and more the unique sound of Keith Urban. In this conversation, we discuss his music, how he stays creative, and why he believes music can still be a uniting force.
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    • 43 min
    Mickey Guyton sings truth to Country Music

    Mickey Guyton sings truth to Country Music

    Mickey Guyton spent a decade of fits and starts trying to make a career in country music. But now in recent months she’s having a country music moment releasing vulnerable songs that use her experiences of rejection, exclusion and racism as inspiration. Charlie speaks with Guyton about her breakout songs “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Black Like Me,” as well as what it took for her to make it onto one of country musics most beloved stages, the American Country Music Awards.

    Songs Discussed
    Mickey Guyton - What Are You Gonna Tell Her
    Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers - Islands In the Stream
    Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors
    Mickey Guyton - Safe (Acoustic)
    Mickey Guyton - Heartbreak Song
    Mickey Guyton - Why Baby Why
    Mickey Guyton - Better Than You Left Me
    Mickey Guyton - Black Like Me
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    • 55 min
    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows

    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows

    Howard and Guy Lawrence, the brothers behind Disclosure, found global acclaim in 2012 with their song “Latch” ft. Sam Smith which blended house and dubstep in a doo-wop time signature. Since, they have collaborated with many of pop’s most sought after vocalists (The Weeknd, Lore and Khalid to name a few) in an ever evolving vision of dance music. On their latest album release, “Energy,” Disclosure channels sounds and samples from the global south. Listen to find out how they make the energy flow. 
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

rebeccafromwoywoy ,

I love it and couldn’t love it more.

I can’t even with this podcast. I love it so much. It touches me in all the special deep places. It’s laugh-out-loud funny as well as being educational AND introducing me to great new music that an old lady like me wouldn’t find any other way!

divaflip ,

Everything about music you never knew you needed to know

I've recently discovered this podcast, thanks to a friend, and so have been on a listening binge on the backlist as I travel to and from work. It is a great combination of music and musicology, and I always learn something new. Even about artists I though I wasn't interested in. If you aren't sure, start with an episode about a song you love and want to know more about, and then just dive into to the whole lot. In the end I went back to the start as they kept referencing old episodes, so I'm simulaneously mid 2016 and also current episodes right now. Highly recommend :)

One Proud Monkey ,

Great insight

This is such an interesting podcast and I feel like I’ve become a better songwriter simply by listening!

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