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Shreveport: Road Through Northern Louisiana

Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history, counts among its myriad musical traditions the African-American sounds of the South, country music, Western swing, rockabilly that predated rock and roll, and the spicy influence of Cajun and Creole music. As guest host, rock star and blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd visits Lead Belly's grave for an acoustic jam with local icon Buddy Flett; introduces Maggie Warwick of the famed radio show, The Louisiana Hayride; enjoys a special performance on the stage where Elvis first tasted stardom; sits down with guitar legend James Burton for a demonstration of his pioneering guitar licks; and sits in on a grumble boogie party with the band Dirtfoot.



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Nashville: Music City

Known as the capital of country music, Nashville also is home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters and rock and pop bands. Host Jacob Edgar receives a personal tour of Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry by country superstar Vince Gill. Then, he sees Elizabeth Miller perform at a funky bar in East Nashville, the bohemian district home to many of the city's musicians. He checks out Music Row, the epicenter of Nashville's music business, to visit Compass Records and then tour Gruhn Guitars, which supplies vintage gear to the world's top musicians.

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Tennessee Special - Round

The singer-songwriter embodies the unique and profitable symbiotic relationship between the stars of country music and the artists responsible for crafting the words and melodies. Music Voyager invites four of Nashville's most prolific and successful songwriters for an intimate and rare performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Featured artists include revered singer-songwriters Buddy Miller, Darrel Scott, Elizabeth Cook and Guy Clark.

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Mumbai

Host Jacob Edgar visits Mumbai, the capital of India's entertainment industry, where he meets two of Indian pop music's biggest stars, Kailash Kher and Sona Mohapatra. Along the way, Edgar learns the secrets of Bollywood, explores ancient Buddhist caves, eats some death-defying street food and tries his hand at cricket. With live performances and insightful conversation, Kailash Kher and Sona reveal what lies at the soul of their sound, while giving Edgar an eye-opening tour of the city and its surroundings.

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Rajasthan

Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar travels to Rajasthan, the desert state in northwestern India with an influential cultural legacy. Known as the birthplace of the Gypsies, Rajasthani music is as colorful and soulful as its surroundings. Edgar embarks on a hair-raising drive along India's dangerous back roads, before arriving at the ancient city of Jaipur. He is treated to a concert by Gypsy band, Musafir and a blazing performance by the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band in front of the magnificent Amber Fort.

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Israel: Voices from the Desert

Host Jacob Edgar travels to Israel to attend a once-in-a-lifetime concert of The Idan Raichel Project at the foot of the magnificent "Solomon's Pillars", a natural rock formation in the Negev Desert near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat. Idan Raichel, an internationally renowned star of the Israeli music scene, serves as his guide. At the technical rehearsals and sound check for the desert concert, Jacob meets the artists featured on stage. Idan performs with Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade on the edge of a stunning cliff.

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Israel: Songs from the Holy Land

Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar travels to Jerusalem and northern Israel to discover the sights and sounds of a region rich with ancient history and religious significance. Israel is a land of contrasts and conflicts: between tradition and modernity, war and peace, spirituality and secularism. The popular band Hadag Nahash blends hip-hop, funk and soul with politically expedient Hebrew lyrics to draw attention to the complex issues facing Israeli society.

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Delhi

Edgar's Indian journey concludes in India's capital city of Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. He connects with Rabbi Shergill, the Sikh music star who blends the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon with Indian pop. Edgar visits the rehearsal space of Indian Ocean, India's counterpart to the Grateful Dead, who have performed their compelling fusion of ancient Indian roots music with modern grooves for nearly 20 years. Edgar also meets up with the East India Company, an up-and-coming collective that modernizes folk music with electronics and funky beats.

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Beyond Bob Marley

Ask the average person what they know about Jamaican music and the first thing they will think of is Bob Marley. While the legacy of Marley is alive and well, in this episode, Jacob Edgar visits with some of today's most popular reggae artists who are keeping roots reggae going strong. Edgar's travels to St. Thomas, a small city east of Kingston, to visit with Tarrus Riley, one of the hottest young reggae singers. After a walk through a local market, Tarrus takes Edgar down bumpy back roads for an unplugged performance next to the one-room shack by the sea that he lived in for seven years.

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Israel: Tel Aviv - Rocking Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel's biggest city, is a vibrant and striking blend of old and new. From the ancient port of Jaffa to modern skyscrapers and trendy nightclubs, Tel Aviv is the epicenter of Israel's arts scene and most of the country's top musicians live in and around the city. Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar meets Ehud Banai, the revered singer-songwriter who hails from one of Israel's most important musical families.

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Tokyo: A Feast for the Senses

The massive metropolis of Tokyo offers a feast for the senses: blinding neon, the bleeps and blips of Pachinko parlors, adventurous cuisine, and experimental, animated and sometimes unusual music. In this episode, host Jacob Edgar gets a taste of Tokyo's cultural umami - a voyage of discovery filled with unforgettable surprises. From the outlandish fashion of J-Pop, the surprising pastime of a Japanese jazz giant, Tokyo's rock guitar superstar and a humorous hip-hop freestyler, Jacob meets the colorful characters of Tokyo.

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Roots, Rock, Reggae

Jamaican reggae hit the world like a hammer in the 1970s, but where did reggae come from? How did this appealing, soulful sound develop, and where do the roots of this powerful tree extend? In this episode, Edgar explores the history of Jamaican music, from its African roots to the cusp of the reggae revolution. Edgar heads to the jungle for an entrancing kumina drumming session with the Akwaaba Drummers, that reveals the African underpinning of the island's music.

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Dancehall Marathon

The most popular music in Jamaica today is the hard-edged sounds of dancehall. In this episode, Edgar experiences the power of the movement first hand at the Reggae Sumfest and Fully Loaded festivals. Top stars Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and others tear up the stage as capacity crowds express their appreciation with homemade flamethrowers and explicit dance moves. Edgar visits legendary producer King Jammy at his studio for some insight into the early days of the dancehall sound.

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Tohoku: Japan Rising

From bedazzling Tokyo, host Jacob Edgar journeys to the region of Tohoku, an area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Yoshihide Otomo and Riuchi Sakamoto, two of Japan's most respected and cutting-edge composers, invite Jacob to experience a concert for healing and hope featuring an ensemble of local high-school students. Later, he explores the coastline near Sendai, visiting with fisherman, students, musicians and even local surfers, whose words of resilience and optimism offers inspiration and confirms the indomitable spirit of the Japanese people.

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Miami: The Magic City

Everyone recognizes Miami's neon glow, golden-sand beaches ad art deco hotels, but few truly know the vibrant multi-cultural communities that call this city home. Host Jacob Edgar explores the fiery sounds of Miami's electronic dance music scene, as well as its Latin and Haitian grooves, with Afrobeta, The Spam All Stars, T-Vice and Locos Por Juana. Jacob gets buzzed on Cuban coffee, tours the colorful mural district by bike and takes on the daunting Colombian hot dog, enjoying the spontaneous creativity and color that keeps the city pulsing day and night.

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Rocky Mountain Adventures

This episode brings Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar to Denver, Colorado on his three-episode journey to learn more about this year's Grammy nominees, Road to a GRAMMY. Jacob meet with banjo virtuoso and multiple GRAMMY nominee Bela Fleck, then visits the workshop where the GRAMMY statuettes are lovingly hand-crafted. He follows Bela Fleck from a banjo master class to a concert at one of Denver's top venues. On the tour bus, Fleck divulges the fascinating story of his banjo obsession and his acclaimed film and album Throw Down Your Heart, which documents Flecks musical adventures in Africa.

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From D.C. to Cajun Country

Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar continues his Road to a GRAMMY journey by meeting up with GRAMMY winner India. Arie in Washington D.C. Dobet Gnahore, a stunning singer from west Africa, who shares a GRAMMY nomination with India. Arie for their duet on the song "Pearls," joins India. Arie and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel for a very special global musical jam session. Then, Jacob travels to Lafayette, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country, to meet up with Cedric Watson, a young accordionist and violin player who has been making big waves in the Creole music world.

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