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Musicians Jeffrey Bützer and T. T. Mahoney have created an Atlanta holiday tradition. For eight years running, the two have anchored a jazz combo which faithfully performs Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

The album, along with the TV special of the same name, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Bützer and Mahoney have expanded their show to include performances in North Carolina and Alabama in addition to their regular gigs in East Atlanta and Marietta. 

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The Boss and his band are coming to Atlanta.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced their latest jaunt, "The River Tour."

It's in support of the group's new box set "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection."

The set includes the original 1980 double album and numerous other outtakes and live cuts from the era.

The tour starts Jan. 16 in Pittsburgh and comes to Atlanta's Philips Arena on Feb. 18.

Tickets for the Atlanta show go on sale next week. 

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One of the U.K.’s greatest pub rockers now has not one, but two Christmas albums to his name.

Nick Lowe is best known for his hits “Cruel to be Kind,” and “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love,
and Understanding?” And he has turned his keen ear for pop music to the holidays. His latest live album, "The Quality Holiday Revue" expands on 2013’s studio album "Quality Street." On both records, he’s put his own spin on some holiday standards as well as penning a pair of original tunes: “Born in Bethlehem” and “Christmas at the Airport.”

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a rockabilly great, rowdy country punks, a showcase of homegrown talent and more. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the upcoming concert calendar.

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Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy went from handing out meals to performing in front of a sold-out crowd in Atlanta.

Jeezy took the stage at the Tabernacle on Wednesday night hours before he helped handout 200 boxes of food. The meals included turkey or ham, corn green beans, stuffing, rolls and cranberry sauce at Mt. Sanai Baptist Church. He held the event through his Street Dreamz Foundation.

Through Jeezy's event, many also received a bouquet of flowers and two tickets to an Atlanta Hawks basketball game.

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The Beatles.  The Rolling Stones.  The Who.  The list goes on and on.

Producer and engineer Glyn Johns has worked with hundreds of big-name musical acts like these over the past few decades.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.   

Johns's book "Sound Man" describes some of the experiences he's had in--and out--of the studio over the past half-century.

John Lorinc spoke with Glyn Johns about working with the legends of rock and roll. 

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This post-holiday weekend in Atlanta finds some hometown acts playing some familiar venues, and the Atlanta Symphony taking on the works of John Williams. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at shows with Mara's Music Mix.


Adele's career so far has been a story in numbers — and not just the ones in her album titles. Her latest LP, 25, has sold more copies than any other album in its first week of release — more than 2.4 million so far — and the week is only half over. Its first single, "Hello," has been the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since it came out four weeks ago.

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This Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder that food and music are two of the most powerful forces in our lives, not only for sustenance and pleasure, but also for the recall of memory.

Contributor Scott Stewart joins Lois Reitzes to talk about the music of the Thanksgiving holiday and the way music can trigger memories and emotions as evoked by "O Praise the Lord of Heaven" by American composer Charles Ives.

Stewart brings everything from Bach to the Boston Pops, and of course Aaron Copeland and more as examples of Thanksgiving music. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Graham Nash performs during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Austin, Texas.
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Graham Nash is coming to Atlanta.

The singer-songwriter's new album, "This Path Tonight," is scheduled to come out in April. Nash's show at the Buckhead Theatre, in Atlanta, is scheduled for Feb. 5. Tickets have not gone on sale yet. 

Nash's catalog includes classics from The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and his solo career.   

He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Hollies and with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to some New Orleans brass, a local act anchored by a husband and wife duo and the biggest smooth jazz saxophonist of all time ... yes, that one. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for this week's "Mara's Music Mix."

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Some travelers send postcards; other travelers collect them. The King's Singers, on the other hand, could be considered world-class collectors of musical postcards.

The group – a six-man a cappella ensemble named after King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group originally formed in 1968 – boasts nearly 50 years of world travels. One of the newest members, baritone Chris Bruerton, told Lois Reitzes that the group's travels around the world inform their repertoire.

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With less than a month remaining before the Dec. 14 release of "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens," fan anticipation has reached fever pitch. You can count WABE film music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart among those eager fans — though it's John Williams' soundtrack he'll be standing in line for.

Stewart joined Lois Reitzes for their continuing conversation on Williams and his compositional approach, especially in the "Star Wars" films, ahead of next month's release. Williams is most famous for his epic themes like "The Imperial March," but that's only half the story. 

Pianist George Winston lists among his sources of inspiration Professor Longhair, Vince Guaraldi, the late Allen Toussaint and The Doors.
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George Winston is probably best known for his contemplative piano compositions. He has 10 albums of piano music, including the 1982 album “December.” However, the composer and musician has lately moved beyond the spare sounds that many know him for and branched out into jazz and boogie-woogie.

WABE  spoke with George Winston about where he finds inspiration and his resistance of musical labels. He began by discussing his earliest influences.

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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to a glam-rock throwback, some unaccompanied voices and most of the Grateful Dead. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for "Mara's Music Mix."

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WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss look ahead at some of the concerts packing this weekend's calendar, including a pair of bluegrass-tinged festivals, the original funk rock party band and a group called Lettuce. 

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Adele's "Hello" has become the first song to sell 1 million tracks in a week.

Nielsen Music said Monday that Adele's comeback track sold 1.11 million digital songs, setting a new record. Flo Rida's "Right Round" previously had the record for most downloads in a week with 636,000.

"Hello" also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week. It is Adele's fourth No. 1 on the chart following "Rolling in the Deep," ''Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain."

"Hello" is the first single from Adele's third album, "25," to be released Nov. 20.

Soul Asylum hits the Masquerade along with the Meat Puppets this Monday.
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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to Georgia's favorite party band, hip-hop pioneers, a band that brings the cowbell and much more. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some of the upcoming concerts around town with Mara's Music Mix.

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Shawn Mullins’ new record “My Stupid Heart” takes off in all directions, exploring the ups and downs of romantic love, love for one’s brother, love for our country and love for humor and good times, too.

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Over the centuries, so much concert, opera and film music has been written to depict the dark side.

WABE's Lois Reitzes sat down with WABE film music contributor and host of "Strike Up the Band" Scott Stewart to talk about what it is that makes scary music so scary.

Stewart brought in examples of music ranging from Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" to the iconic theme from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." 

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The metro area is full-to-bursting this weekend with big shows, and WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss join forces to help guide you through their picks for Mara's Music Mix.

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is replenishing its bass section, and Colin Corner just started as principal bassist. Corner joined the symphony at the beginning of this season after seven years as principal of the Rochester Philharmonic. 

Along with playing in the ASO, Corner plans on teaching bass here in Atlanta and at universities around the state. He already has students and masterclasses lined up with help from other bass teachers and professors in Georgia.

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Bands hit the road every day of every year, but not like this.

The Walking Guys are living up to their name.

The four singer-songwriters started their first tour in Portland, Maine, in June. Over the past few months, they’ve walked cross-country from show to show.

“We planned it really well, and we mapped it out and we built in extra, kind of like rest days in cities, so those are kind of our buffer days,” says guitarist Christopher Kessenich.

The band is enjoying this jaunt, but it will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Elvis Costello will be in conversation at the Variety Playhouse on Monday, Oct. 18.
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This week metro Atlanta plays host to not one, but three music festivals, an Eagle gone country and a legendary songwriter in conversation at the Variety.

WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss bring us Mara's Music Mix.

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In September, the Emmy Awards included a number of music-related categories for some of the more innovative programs on television.


The so-called “emerging media” category includes scores and soundtracks for shows seen on newer services like Netflix and Amazon Studios as well as cable stalwarts HBO and Showtime.

On “City Lights,” contributor Scott Stewart discussed the music of “emerging media” programming with producer Erin Wright.

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Taylor Swift earned six American Music Awards nominations announced Tuesday, and if she wins everything she's up for the singer will become the most-honored artist in the show's history.

Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd had five nominations each. Neither artist has won an American Music Award in the past.

Swift was one of 10 nominees for artist of the year. She's won 16 American Music Awards. Whitney Houston is the most-honored artist in the award show's history, with 21 wins.

Jennifer Lopez will host the show, which will air Nov. 22 from Los Angeles on ABC.

Jason Isbell performs during the 2015 Shaky Boots Music Festival at the Kennesaw State Sports and Entertainment Park on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Atlanta.
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Alabama songwriter Jason Isbell will be headlining the Parklife Festival in Piedmont Park this weekend. 

He's supporting his latest solo album "Something More Than Free," which came out this summer, and he spoke to WABE contributor Mara Davis about coming back to Atlanta, his time playing with Drive-By Truckers, and the possibility of following in the footsteps of Taylor Swift.

The Parklife Festival takes place in Piedmont Park Sunday.

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On Saturday afternoon, the 25th anniversary season of classical concerts at Spivey Hall begins with a program featuring organ and the voice.

Soprano Christine Brewer and organist Paul Jacobs are the featured performers for a program that includes Bach, Handel, Boulanger, Puccini and Gounod.

On “City Lights,” Brewer and Jacobs spoke with host Lois Reitzes about the program, the history of Spivey Hall, their collaboration and the value of musical education.

Drake performs during Music Midtown 2015 at Piedmont Park on Friday, September 18, 2015, in Atlanta
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Drake returns for the second straight time as the top nominee at the 10th annual BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.

Veteran rapper Scarface will receive the "I Am Hip-Hop Icon" award at the taping of the show Friday night at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Scarface's claimed fame through the group Geto Boys, becoming known as a solo artist with hits "Smile" and "I Seen a Man Die."

Drake received the most nominations with 12, while Big Sean followed with 10. Nicki Minaj scored nine nods. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole each had eight nominations.

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John Lennon was born on Oct. 9, 1940.

By the time he was 23 years old, he and his fellow bandmates in the Beatles were household names across the globe.

On Friday, there are numerous events worldwide to honor Lennon, who was assassinated in New York City, on Dec. 8, 1980.