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Nashville Recommendations: Hear 4 New Songs From The Music City

Molly Parden's "Kitchen Table" is featured on the latest list of new music from Nashville by Ann Powers.
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Molly Parden's "Kitchen Table" is featured on the latest list of new music from Nashville by Ann Powers.

It's a busy time for music critics as they prepare for the annual tradition of identifying the year's best albums and songs in listicle form. World Cafe Nashville correspondent Ann Powers took a break from her NPR deliberatons to share one more roundup of new songs coming out of the Music City.

When you think classic country, you think heartbreak, loss and fortitude... and a good turn of phrase. Take for instance the song "Married Again" by Brit Taylor. You see the title and you think the song is going to be one thing, but you'll soon find out, that it turns out to be another.

Ann also selected songs by Nashville transplants The Brummies and C.A. Jones, and one by Molly Parden, a longtime favorite of the NPR pop critic. The breakup songs on Parden's new EP are melancholy, but there is a "dreaminess" to it.

Hear all the picks and Ann's conversation about them in the audio player above. You can also hear them by following our World Cafe Nashville playlist below.

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Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.
World Cafe senior producer Kimberly Junod has been a part of the World Cafe team since 2001, when she started as the show's first line producer. In 2011 Kimberly launched (and continues to helm) World Cafe's Sense of Place series that includes social media, broadcast and video elements to take listeners across the U.S. and abroad with an intimate look at local music scenes. She was thrilled to be part of the team that received the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for excellence in music programming. In the time she has spent at World Cafe, Kimberly has produced and edited thousands of interviews and recorded several hundred bands for the program, as well as supervised the show's production staff. She has also taught sound to young women (at Girl's Rock Philly) and adults (as an "Ask an Engineer" at WYNC's Werk It! Women's Podcast Festival).