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JC Brooks – ‘Don’t call it a comeback’ (Episode 870)

JC Brooks is a frontperson’s frontperson: An undeniable force of soul, charisma and swagger who helped elevate soul and classic R&B sounds to audiences across Chicago over the past 15 years. I’m a fan of JC’s, and songs from both…

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Nathan Graham previews debut album, ‘Saint of Second Chances’ (Episode 867)

I love Nathan Graham. The singer/songwriter returns to Car Con Carne for his 6th appearance, as he prepares to release his debut album, “Saint of Second Chances.” We talk a lot about the album’s first single, which Nathan performed live…

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Diplomats of Solid Sound release new live EP, plan Pravda Fest performance in June (Episode 725)

Diplomats of Solid Sound are Iowa City’s Ambassadors of Funk and Soul. With over 50 million streams to their credit, it’s clear that music fans crave the neo soul/r&b/funk sounds the band delivers. With a new EP on the way…

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R&B star on the rise: Bianca Shaw at Budlong Hot Chicken (Episode 239)

R&B artist/rapper Bianca Shaw meets me in Hyde Park this week for conversation over Nashville Hot Chicken at the Budlong. Car Con Carne has a long and loving relationship with the Budlong, dating all the way back to Episode 48