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American Songcatcher
Every other Tuesday morning at 7:51 AM during NPR's Morning Edition

Tracing the roots of American music from its cultured past to artists playing it forward, join folk musician and host Nicholas Edward Williams for this audio documentary-style series. Each episode dives into 4-5 stories.

We start with the journey behind a traditional song, then uncover the lives of impactful musicians across the American roots music spectrum; to someone doing so today. Hear stories of immigrants who brought their music to America, the pioneers who shaped us, the under-represented, and songs of the South: Gospel, Blues, Country, and the Folk music that's derived from it all.

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  • Happy release day! Today on our program, we’re delighted to release the first episode of Season 3, diving into the life of renowned songwriter, riverboat pilot, folklorist, song collector, music historian, accomplished fiddler and banjoist, clog & shuffle dancer, storyteller, and consummate entertainer, John Hartford. One of the most brilliant yet lesser-known musicians of the last century, John was the key figure in redefining Bluegrass and American roots music for future generations, the unofficial father of “newgrass”, who had a life that was anything but ordinary.