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U.S. multi-instrumentalist Jack White performs on stage with his band The Dead Weather during the 22th edition of the Eurockeennes music festival in Belfort, eastern France, on July 2, 2010.
NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from two artists who bring their music from Nashville, Jack White and Marty Stuart.
"Blunderbuss" is White's first solo album. If you didn't know, a blunderbuss is a gun that fires a scatter shot. While White is usually known for his blues-inspired and heavy guitar music with past bands like The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, on "Blunderbuss" he ditches hard rock for country-inspired upright base, piano arrangements, fiddles and pedal-steel guitar. He's also Nashville's Music City Ambassador.
Marty Stuart's 17th studio album is full of traditional country music. He's a country music legend who can be described as a honky-tonk heavyweight, at the age of 53. The album is full of twang heavy guitars and thumping bass with backup singers. On the album, he teams up with other country royalty, Lorrie Carter Bennett of The Carter Family and Hank Williams III.
Ann Powers is a critic with NPR who joins us regularly to talk about new music.