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updated 12/9/2002 8:28:49 AM ET 2002-12-09T13:28:49

Music is a big part of “Imus in the Morning,” from guests like Willie Nelson and Delbert McClinton to the songs we play before going to a commercial break. Check below for more info about some of our favorite musicians.

THE FLATLANDERS

Latest album: “Now Again”

Info: “The 1990 Rounder CD collecting the Flatlanders’ entire recorded history wasn’t called “More a Legend Than a Band” for nothing; although this Lubbock, TX, group had the worst business luck this side of Badfinger and never did manage a full-fledged release of their unique and challenging take on traditional country music during their early-’70s existence, the three key members — Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock — went on to become three of Texas’ most respected singer/songwriters.” —AMG

Links:

TheFlatlanders.com

Barnes and Noble link

DELBERT MCCLINTON

Latest album: “Room To Breathe”

Info: “The venerable Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton’s career began in the late ’50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics’ darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton never really became a household name, but his resurgence in the ’90s helped him earn more widespread respect from both the public at large and the Grammy committee.” —AMG

Links:

Delbert.com

Barnes and Noble

ELIZABETH COOK

Latest album: “Hey Y’all”

Info: “Country singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook made her Grand Ole Opry debut on March 17, 2000, appearing repeatedly thereafter — a remarkable achievement considering that, at the time, she was an indie artist with no radio airplay. But such was the excitement generated by her clear, beautiful voice, strong songwriting ability, and live performances, all of which have drawn comparisons to younger, critically respected artists like Kelly Willis and legends such as Dolly Parton.” —AMG

Links: Elizabeth Cook website

Barnes and Noble link

SAM MOORE

Latest album: “Plenty Good Lovin’: The Lost Solo Album”

Info: “Grammy-winning Sam Moore first came to prominence as the “Soul Man” — the lead singer of legendary duo Sam & Dave, whose songs, “Hold on I’m Comin,” “I Thank You,” “When Something Is Wrong,” and “Soul Sister, Brown Sugar” climbed both the pop and R&B charts internationally. Sam & Dave served as the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s “Saturday Night Live” parody, The Blues Brothers, when they covered the duo’s 1967 million selling Grammy winning “Soul Man” and exposed a new generation of fans to their music.” —AMG

Links:

Sam Moore website

Barnes and Noble link

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Album: “The I-10 Chronicles” (Featuring a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Carmelitta” by The Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz.)

Info:“It seems that not many people are recording “road songs” anymore, let alone complete albums about ‘em. Well, in 1999 a few folks got together and decided it was about time to do a record about a road. U.S. Interstate 10 connects West with East, Pacific with Atlantic, Los Angeles to Jacksonville. But “The I-10 Chronicles” connects more than just two points on a map; it connects stories, musicians, and songs, past, present and future. The “I-10 Chronicles” is an interstate of mind and of music.” —AMG

Links:I-10 Chronicles

Barnes and Noble link

GALACTIC

Latest Album: ”We Love’em Tonight: Live at Tipitina’s”

Info: “The New Orleans-based jazz-funk ensemble Galactic formed in 1994; originally an eight-piece, the group soon pared down to an instrumental sextet comprising guitarist Jeff Raines, organist Rich Vogel, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonists Ben Ellman and Jason Mingledorff, and drummer Stanton Moore. Later adding Crescent City music scene vet Theryl deClouet on vocals, Galactic built a fervent local following on the strength of a relentless live schedule which included opening slots for group heroes including the Meters, Maceo Parker and Medeski, Martin & Wood. In 1996 the band issued their debut LP, “Coolin’ Off”; upon signing to major label Capricorn, they re-released the album two years later, soon followed by the all-new “Crazyhorse Mongoose.” “Late for the Future” appeared in the spring of 2000.” —AMG

Links:

Galactic Funk

Barnes and Noble link

IRISH TENOR JOHN MCDERMOTT

Latest Album: “A Time To Remember”

Info: “Celtic balladeer John McDermott was born in Scotland, but following his family’s relocation to Canada in the mid-’60s, he went on to hone his crystalline tenor at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Choir School. After graduating he accepted the position of circulation manager with a Toronto newspaper; discovered while singing at a private party, McDermott was befriended by publishing magnate Conrad Black, who funded the sessions which led to the release of the singer’s smash 1992 debut “Danny Boy,” a record originally intended as a gift for his parents’ golden wedding anniversary.” —AMG

Links:

John McDermott

Barnes and Noble link

KID ROCK

Latest album: “Cocky”

Info: “One of the unlikeliest success stories in rock at the turn of the millennium, Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock shot to superstardom with his fourth full-length album, 1998’s “Devil Without a Cause.” What made it so shocking was that Rock had recorded his first demo a full decade before, had been booted off major label Jive following his Beastie Boys-ish 1990 debut “Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast,” and toiled for most of the decade in obscurity, releasing albums to a small, devoted, mostly local fan base while earning his fair share of ridicule around his home state. Nevertheless, Rock persevered, and by the time rap-metal had begun to attract a substantial audience, he had perfected the outlandish, over-the-top white-trash persona that gave “Devil Without a Cause” such a distinctive personality and made it such an infectious party record.” —AMG

Links:

Kid Rock.com

Barnes and Noble link

WAYLON JENNINGS

Latest album: “Legends”

Info:

“If any one performer personified the outlaw country movement of the ’70s, it was Waylon Jennings. Though he had been a professional musician since the late ’50s, it wasn’t until the ’70s that Waylon, with his imposing baritone and stripped-down, updated honky tonk, became a superstar. Jennings rejected the conventions of Nashville, refusing to record with the industry’s legions of studio musicians and insisting that his music never resemble the string-laden, pop-inflected sounds that were coming out of Nashville in the ’60s and ’70s. Many artists, including Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, followed Waylon’s anti-Nashville stance and eventually the whole “outlaw” movement — so-named because of the artists’ ragged, maverick image and their independence from Nashville — became one of the most significant country forces of the ’70s, helping the genre adhere to its hardcore honky tonk roots. Jennings didn’t write many songs, but his music — which combined the grittiest aspects of honky tonk with a rock & roll rhythm and attitude, making the music spare, direct and edgy — defined hardcore country, and it influenced countless musicians, including members of the new-traditionalist and alternative country subgenres of the ’80s.” —AMG

Links:

Waylon.com

Barnes and Noble link

JIMMIE VAUGHAN

Album: “Do You Get the Blues?”

Info:“As a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan was one of the leading Austin, TX, guitarists of the late ’70s and ’80s, responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B. Influenced by guitarists like Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King, Vaughan developed a tough, lean sound that became one of the most recognizable sounds of ’70s and ’80s blues and blues-rock. For most of his career, Vaughan co-led the Fabulous Thunderbirds with vocalist Kim Wilson. It wasn’t until 1994 that he launched a full-fledged solo career.” —AMG

Links:

Jimmie Vaughan

Barnes and Noble link

SUGE KNIGHT’S LABEL, THA ROW RECORDS

Links:

Tha Row.com

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