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Linda Thompson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, David Bowie

The return of folk rocker Linda Thompson; Remembering Sept. 11th with Steve Earle; Latin drummer Roberto Juan Rodriguez; Israel's answer to the Beatles: RockFour; Unreleased Motown from Brenda Holloway; Get ready for the Blind Boys of Alabama; and new music from David Bowie.

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Linda Thompson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, David Bowie

Dear Mary

Because of a rare anxiety disorder known as hysterical dysphonia, Linda Thompson hasn't recorded a new album of music in 17 years. She returns with Fashionably Late, a collection featuring her ex-husband, Richard Thompson and two of their children.

John Walker's Blues

Rockabilly, country-blues guitarist/songwriter Steve Earle says of his latest CD: "This is a political record because there seems no other proper response to the place we're at now." It's due for release in September.


The music of Robert Juan Rodriguez frequently appears betwteen stories on NPR's All Things Considered. On this CD, he blends the sounds of Cuba with Jewish culture.

Smell of Sweets

This amazing group from Israel will probably sound a bit familiar. Like many of their songs, this selection borrows heavily from the Beatles.

All Your Love

This previously unreleased song from singer Brenda Holloway is finally available on a new 2-CD set of great unknown Motown tunes.

People Get Ready

The Blind Boys of Alabama first formed in 1939 at the Albama Institute for the Negro Blind. Now, more than sixty years later, they've released a new CD collection of classic and contemporary spiritual songs.

Slow Burn

David Bowie rejoins the producer of his Ziggy Stardust and Space Oddity albums for this new recording -- a mix of cover tunes and original work.