Let It Roll

Let It Roll

"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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September 27, 2021 60 min

This episode covers the mix tape phenomenon and artists like 50 Cent, TI and Lil Wayne who thrived in the medium.

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This episode covers the emergence of country music's neo-traditionalists like Randy Travis and Ricky Skaggs and the brief golden period they kicked off before the economics of superstars changed the game.

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In this episode, Nate, Eugene & Alexei look at a new generation of producers who emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Virginia's The Neptunes and Timbaland & Missy Elliott, Chicago's Kanye West and Detroit's J Dilla.

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In this episode Nate & James talk about the triumph of Outlaw Country practitioners Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings outside the Nashville system, the massive crossover success of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris’ knack for bringing traditional country to the top of the charts from Los Angeles and more.

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This week we look at the innovations of Houston’s DJ Screw, the Three 6 Mafia from Memphis and Atlanta’s Lil Jon.

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 Nate and James discuss episode episode six “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” which covers the rise of Kris Kristofferson and a new generation of Nashville songwriters, Mr & Mrs Country music George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash’s emergence as a superstar and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s successful attempt at rapprochement between musical generations.

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This week we discuss New Orleans hip-hop from bounce to No Limit & Cash Money Records.

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Host Nate & James covers Charley Pride’s efforts to integrate country music, the rise of Roger Miller, Buck Owens & Merle Haggard’s Bakersfield Sound, Loretta Lynn and the new wave of female singers she led.

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This week hosts Nate Wilcox, Eugene S. Robinson and Alexei Auld look at the birth of the Atlanta hip-hop scene from the early commercial breakthroughs of Jermaine Dupri with Kriss Kross and LaFace Records with TLC to the emergence of Outkast and Goodie Mob.

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Nate and James talk about the sudden emergence of rockabilly from Memphis, the new generation of stars like Johnny Cash and the Nashville Sound that producers Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley came up for artists like Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline in response.

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Host Nate Wilcox returns with cohorts Eugene S. Robinson, lead singer of the art-punk band Oxbow and veteran entertainment attorney Alexei Auld to continue their discussion of Netflix’ Hip Hop Evolution. This week they look at “Pass the Mic” which features Mos Def & Black Star, Eminem and an in-depth look at cyphers and open mics and their role in 90’s undergroun hip-hop.

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Host Nate Wilcox and music writer James Porter talk Hank Williams, the living avatar of honky tonk, his closest rival Lefty Frizzell as well as Eddy Arnold, who offered a pop-country alternative, and Kitty Wells whose answer song prefigured feminist country music.

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Host Nate Wilcox returns with his cohorts Eugene S. Robinson, lead singer of the art-punk band Oxbow, and veteran entertainment attorney Alexei Auld, to continue their discussion of Netflix’ Hip Hop Evolution. This week they look at Notorious B.I.G’s “Life After Death” and his mentoring of Lil' Kim, how Puff Daddy dealt with the loss of his friend and the still-controversial “jiggy era of Hip-Hop" that even briefly ensnared...

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Nate and James discuss Country Music during the Depression and World War 2 and the artists, like Roy Acuff and Bob Wills, and the Maddox Brothers and Rose who dominated the era.

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Host Nate Wilcox returns with his cohorts Eugene S. Robinson, lead singer of the art-punk band Oxbow and veteran entertainment attorney Alexei Auld to continue their discussion of Netflix’ Hip-Hop Evolution. This week they discuss the first episode of season 3 "A Tale of Two Coasts" which focuses on Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight and Death Row Records and their fatal feud with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and the Notorious B.I.G.

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Hosts Nate Wilcox and James Porter kick off their discussion of Ken Burns' "Country Music" documentary series with a look at episode one, “The Rub.” They talk about the musical sources of country music, Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. There’s also a little meta discussion about the series and their thoughts on Ken Burns.

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Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Cuban music historian Ned Sublette to discuss his essay "The Kingsmen and the Cha-Cha-Chá" which connects the dots between the 1950s mambo explosion in New York and the three chord classics that dominated 60s rock.

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After discussing the book for 21 weeks, hosts Nate Wilcox & Ryan Harkness get the opportunity to ask some questions of the authors. Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton describe their motivation for writing the book, how they worked together and how they decided what to include and what to leave out of their pioneering history of the DJ.

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Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back musician and historian Brooks Long for the second installment of their David Ritz book club covering “Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye.” The conversation covers Gaye’s troubled personal life and his many musical triumphs from the early days at Motown, through What’s Going On and Sexual Healing.

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In this week’s episode hosts Nate Wilcox & Ryan Harkness debate the questions raised in the final chapter of the book about the values of clubbing and whether or not the current mass success of superstar DJs represents a betrayal of those values.

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