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Celebrating Canada Day, The Life of Bobby Womack, And Family Ties

Tuesday, July 1: We celebrate Canada Day with a sampling of acts from the Great White North, including The Tragically Hip, Crash Test Dummies, Bruce Cockburn and the band Max Webster.

Wednesday, July 2: We celebrate the life and music of soul legend Bobby Womack, with samples of his work from his early days in the gospel-infused act The Womack Brothers to his final solo album, The Bravest Man In The Universe, which was co-produced by Damon Albarn of the Britpop band Blur. Womack died on June 27 of still undisclosed causes. He was 70.

Thursday, July 3: Listen for featured music from Jackson Browne and John Hiatt. We’ll spotlight Hiatt’s 1993 album Perfectly Good Guitar. After recording a series of albums in the late 1980s that touched on Hiatt’s family life and sobriety, he opted to make a loud rock album more concerned with observations about the world at large, including several songs that would become staples of his career for the next 20 years such as “Wreck of the Barbie Ferrari” and “Something Wild.” Hiatt has said that the record was largely inspired by music his stepson played for him during the early years of the ‘90’s alternative music boom.

Friday, July 4: It’s our new month, new music feature. We’ll hear selections from new recordings by John Hiatt, a reissue of Jackson Browne’s early ‘70s classic Late For The Sky and songs from the upcoming solo album by Kansas musician Brook Blanche of The Calamity Cubes. Plus “Rainbow,” the new single from Robert Plant. The former Led Zeppelin issues a new album this fall, one he has said “you probably won’t hear on NPR.”

Saturday, July 5: Listen for selections from Hold Out, the 1980 album from July featured artist Jackson Browne. Although almost universally panned upon its release that year, the record remains Browne’s only album to reach #1 on the U.S. album charts. The record features Browne’s tribute to his close friend Lowell George of Little Feat called “Of Missing Persons” and the last of his contributions with close friend and collaborator David Lindley for several years. We’ll also hear selections from Little Feat’s 1972 album Sailin’ Shoes.

Monday, July 7: It’s the return of our Love Gets Strange series, this time with an exploration the ups and downs of parent/child relationships with selections from Loudon Wainwright III, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Drive-By Truckers, and more.