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JPR Live Session: Rachel Baiman

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The Nashville-based singer/songwriter and fiddler joined us to talk about her powerful new album called Cycles, which focuses on the many ways that we destroy and rebuild as people, as families, and as a country.

Baiman was known for years as a talented fiddler in the bluegrass tradition, playing as a sidewoman in the bands of Kacey Musgraves and Amy Ray, and featuring on numerous studio sessions from the likes of Molly Tuttle, and Caroline Spence).

With her 2017 debut Shame, Baiman stepped out as a songwriter and vocalist, showcasing her strong writing skills and singing talents. On her new album Cycles, she continues to push at the boundaries of her genre.

During our session, she spoke of her time playing traditional fiddle tunes and partnering with Christian Sedelmyer in the band 10 String Symphony, how that friendship led to the discovery of the home she shares with her husband George (and dog), and she played us a few tunes the cottage on banks of the Cumberland River.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.