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Saturday Video Fun: Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter - You and Tequila (2010)

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Kenny Chesney sang a duet with our favorite Vermont musician/hottie, Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. This track comes from Chesney's 2010 album Hemingway's Whiskey.

WXPN's 885 Countdown 2011 - Twenty Years of the World Cafe

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World Cafe Host David Dye (photo courtesy of WXPN) This fall WXPN and the World Cafe program celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the show. Produced at WXPN, World Cafe is a nationally syndicated radio show that reaches over 200 radio stations on the NPR network. David Dye conceived the show and has been the on-air host for all of its twenty years. Every day the World Cafe presents two hours of eclectic music that stretches over all musical genres with a concentration on new releases and new upcoming artists. Part of every show is a guest segment lasting anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour, featuring an interview and live performance by the guest. Every year since 2004 when WXPN moved into their current building, they have done a listener survey and played back the results in the form of a countdown of the 885 best whatever; it started with best songs and since then they've done albums, artists, musical moments, and others. Last year the countdown was the best all time ro

Saturday Video Fun: Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles - Who Says You Can't Go Home (2005)

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Bon Jovi originally recorded Who Says You Can't Go Home, solo for his 2005 album, Have A Nice Day. This song was released as a single and reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second version of the song was recorded as a duet with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. This version was sent out to country radio and it quickly soared to #1 on the country charts. Perhaps as a result of the song's country success, Bon Jovi's next record was a country album, Lost Highway, released in 2007. Even though Bon Jovi has had a slew of successful singles and albums, Lost Highway sounded like the best Bon Jovi I had ever heard and it became the first Bon Jovi record I ever bought. This video was filmed in Philadelphia at a Habitat for Humanity construction site. Enjoy.

Shayna Zaid & the Catch Sounded Great on WXPN

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Shayna & the Catch - Lighthouse This morning I was listening to Sleepy Hollow on WXPN as I've done on the weekend for more years than I will admit. The concept of Sleepy Hollow is quiet music for weekend mornings. The hosts do an amazingly eclectic show and they draw from a musical repertoire that is wider than anyone I've ever known, myself included. So I was listening to the show and the following song came on. Listen to Untitled #13 I was enjoying the simple arrangement of acoustic guitars and voice, when I realized that the voice I was hearing was Shayna. For as many years as I've known Shayna, I knew that one day I would hear her on the radio, but still it caught me by happy surprise. I was so excited, I knew I had to share it here. Host Chuck Elliott said it was new music by Shayna & the Catch, and that the new album had a couple of hidden tracks on it and he played Untitled Track #13. Lighthouse is their new album which is due out in the fall. It&#

Saturday Video Fun: Sting & Toby Keith - I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying (1997)

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This is Sting's country song. In 1996 Sting wrote and recorded I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying and included it on his Mercury Falling album. In 1997 he recorded it again as a duet with Toby Keith. This version reached #2 on the country charts. Keith also included it on his Dream Walkin' album. They never made a video for this song, but here is a live version they performed on the CMA Awards, 1997. Sting did make a video for the original version from his album. Enjoy.

John Fogerty - The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (2009)

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The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again I've been listening to John Fogerty ever since one summer day in 1968 when I first heard Suzie-Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival on the radio. Fogerty’s run with Creedence was second only to the Beatles in terms of the number of hit singles and albums he had within a five-year period. He has slowed down somewhat in his solo career, but he is still a huge talent and an American icon. After Creedence, Fogerty's first solo project was an album called The Blue Ridge Rangers on which he did nothing but covers of some of his favorite country songs. Now, 35 years later, Fogerty has revisited the concept and recorded The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. This time he invited some of his favorite musicians to play with him, plus guest vocals by Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles and Bruce Springsteen. In the following video, Fogerty talks about the making of this album and how he came to have the guests appear with him. Greg Leisz pla

Saturday Video Fun: Larry Groce - Junk Food Junkie (1976)

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Larry Groce is best known as the 28 year host of the NPR radio program Mountain Stage , a weekly two hour music show that presents live performances from the mountain state of West Virginia. Larry is also a singer, songwriter, and musician who had a top ten novelty record in 1976. Here he is performing the song Junk Food Junkie on his Mountain Stage radio program.