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July 12, 2017

This Song: Brett Dennen

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Singer-Songwriter Brett Dennen describes the first time he heard Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want,”  explains how it revealed the kind of artist he would later strive to be, and describes the process he went through making his new record “Por Favor.”  Then listener Joanna Castillo tells us why Kathy Mattea’s song “Where’ve You Been” always makes her want to cry.

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