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“Heartland,” explores the stories and music that thumps, picks, and breathes between the coasts. Artists like Over the Rhine in Cincinnati, Robbie Fulks in Chicago, Conor Oberst in Omaha, Charlie Parr in Duluth, and more are making some of the purest, most honest roots music around.
Talk of international music often veers either toward vague “world music” or the ways in which artists around the world interpret American music. In this issue, however, ND explores music culture around the world, seeking innovative artists who revitalize tradition for contemporary audiences like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tinariwen, Angelique Kidjo, Afghanistan’s all-girl Ensemble Zohra, and more.
The stories of Sara and Maybelle Carter, Elizabeth Cotten, Judy Collins, Big Mama Thornton, and countless other women have mostly been told through the lens of the men who accompanied or “discovered” them. Here, though, ND digs into the stories of the women who influenced everything from a fledgling country music industry to the rise of rock and roll.
ND talked to some of the finest songwriters in this field about what drives them and their work — from Janis Ian writing about the value of silence to Ani DiFranco talking about learning how to stop worrying to the Avett Brothers discussing the songs they'll never perform.