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Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers performing "Let Me Down Easy in WNIJ's Studio A.

Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers performing "Lonely Enough" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers at Bandcamp.

Paula Garrett

Paula Garrett has a history with Memphis and its music – which made her the natural choice to report on the inaugural MEMPHO Music Fest earlier this month.

The festival was the brainchild of another transplanted Memphian named Diego Winegardner, who has worked in finance in New York City for the past couple of decades.

On a visit to his hometown in 2017, he rediscovered a 4,500-acre urban park called Shelby Farms and decided that was the place to pay tribute to the city’s musical heritage.

Sessions from Studio A - Jake Mack

Oct 26, 2017
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Jake Mack performing "If You Wanted To" in WNIJ's Studio A.

You can find the music of Jake Mack at

Pianist Glenn Gould rocketed to fame in 1955 with his startling and original take on Bach's Goldberg Variations. Gould's fans were treated to a remake of Goldbergs in 1982, when he released a slower-paced rendition just before his untimely death. But it's that first, rapid fire 1955 recording that continues to captivate audiences.

It was 100 years ago this week that Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1917. Considered by many to be one of the greatest violinists in history, he was just 16 years old at the time. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with commentator Miles Hoffman about that appearance and the career that followed.