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Lee Ann Womack: 'A Sad Song Makes Me Happy'

Feb 23, 2018

From Texas Standard:

East Texas native and country singer Lee Ann Womack grew up listening to her dad's Bob Wills and Ray Price records. Her country roots run deep but she might be best known for a crossover pop song "I Hope You Dance."

That was nearly twenty years ago. It's considered her signature song. But since then, she's won dozens of accolades, including a Grammy. And she's kept recording – including with fellow Texan Willie Nelson.

Kino Lorber

The character of Maigret is not as well known in the United States as Hercule Poirot, or certainly Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade (this writer Googled Maigret when the Blu-rays crossed his desk),  but the detective has enjoyed portrayals from actors as diverse as Charles Laughton to Rowan Atkinson in a current run of films, television shows and more.

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George Li is a young pianist on the rise. At age 10, he gave his first public concert and at 15, he won a silver medal at the revered Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Li recently released his debut album on a major label and has been fielding offers, performing with some of the world's great orchestras.

Public domain

Ragtime was an American musical style which enjoyed popularity between 1895 and 1918. It had its origins in African-American circles, bringing fame and publishing contracts to many Black American composers of the era.

In November, 1970, pianist Joshua Rifkin released the first of three recordings of rags for the Nonesuch label. "Scott Joplin: Piano Rags" went on to become Nonesuch's first million-selling release, marking the beginning of a ragtime revival.