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Benjy Ferree: Tiny Desk Concert

Benjy Ferree is a character with enough charisma to draw you into his oddball world. To me, Ferree is a local, growing up in nearby Prince George's County (a Maryland suburb just outside of Washington). I quite like his songwriting, and particularly his singing style — there's something in that wavering voice that reminds me of a cross between T-Rex and Jimmie Rodgers.

So I was delighted to have Ferree visit the NPR offices and perform at my desk with guitar in hand and wig on head. (Gosh, hope I didn't just spill the beans, Benjy.)

Ferree is somewhat obsessed with Peter Pan, and his great new record (Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee) functions as a eulogy to child actor Bobby Driscoll, who played Peter Pan. Driscoll's life ended in tragedy — he was homeless and dead at age 31. But Ferree's music often has a lilt, as well as more than just hints of humor. You'll get a good taste of that in this Tiny Desk Concert.

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In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.
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