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December 15, 2015

Nels Cline // Julian Lage

By: Elizabeth McQueen

In this episode of “This Song,” Wilco guitarist Nels Cline describes how John Coltrane’s Africa opened a door to an entire world of music he never knew existed and Julian Lage explains his attraction to the authentic interaction between Bill Evans and Jim Hall on “Undercurrent.”

Watch Nels Cline and Julian Lage perform “Calder” on Vuhaus.

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April 30, 2020

This Song: Beth Ditto (Rerun)

In this rerun from 2018, Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, talks about how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” helped her grapple with complex feelings about her home state, Arkansas. She also talks about returning home after heartbreak and explores making her first record “Fake Sugar.”


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This Song: John Prine (Rerun)

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