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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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Eastern Tennessee: Cradle of Country Music

Host Jacob Edgar begins his Tennessee journey in Bristol, the city in the northeast corner of the state that proudly calls itself the birthplace of country music. He visits 96-year-old Georgia Warren, the last surviving participant of the legendary "Bristol Sessions" of 1927, which introduced the sounds of Appalachia to a wide audience. While in Bristol, he catches a street performance by musical nomads Megan Jean & the KFB and checks out Knoxville-based The Black Lillies performing at one of Bristol's many outdoor concerts.

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Atlanta - A Music Voyager Special

Through the intersecting worlds of five amazing artists, one experiences a city's creative soul. From music superstar Janelle Monae and alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development, to the creative culinary genius of the Gun Show restaurant and the colorful lantern parade, watch as they all come together in a creative collage to tell the story of Atlanta.

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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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Memphis: Memphis Mojo

Memphis has played an important role in the history of blues, rock and roll and soul music. Host Jacob Edgar witnesses the meeting of young and old when blues veteran Bobby "Blue" Bland jams with 17-year-old guitar wizard Will Tucker. The elder statesman schools the young Tucker in the finer points of the blues, before a scorching performance at the B.B. King nightclub on Memphis's famous Beale Street. Brandon Bailey's unique blend of harmonica with beat boxing illustrates blues' new directions while blues-rockers North Mississippi All Stars jam at one of Memphis' hippest record stores.

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Antigua and Barbuda

The beautiful Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda tell a story of hospitality and culture, with music and journalist Mirissa Neff as the guide. She follows the trail across the islands to find the heartbeat of the country through its rhythms, and along the way she sample some of the amazing cuisine, experiences the vibrant countryside and the stunning oceans all around. From the sounds of calypso to the carnival celebrations, the pulse of Antigua and Barbuda is calling.

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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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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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Funky Nassau

Along with the young creatives of Nassau, experience a side of the capital that has never been seen before. The 'Birds of Paradise' push the creative edge of the Caribbean islands to a new era of entertainment. With Mirissa Neff, learn that once one steps off the tourist grid in Nassau, the Bahamian people are more vibrant than the very oceans that surround these islands.

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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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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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The Exumas

The islands of Exuma are the picture perfect description of a Caribbean paradise. Stories, myths and legends fuse with everyday life across the 365 islands within the Exumas. With Mirissa Neff, as guide, one begins to understand that the treasure is scattered in the beauty of the Exumas-from the natural Blue Holes and the fresh conch salad to the roasted grouper and lobster and crabs. She follows the island legends to discover that the land and ocean blend perfectly into the story of the Exumas.

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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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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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Eleuthera

The longest islands of The Bahamas, steeped in history culture and beauty, from the famous visual Glass Window Bridge between the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean to historic Spanish Wells and quaint Harbor Island. In this episode, travel the length of the island with Mirissa Neff and learn that while it seems like different worlds between Eleuthera, Harbor Islands and Spanish Wells, it's the people that collectively have one voice and are connected in the island's culture.

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