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North Carolina Songstress Rebecca Newton Steps Out Solo

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Rebecca Newton's new album "Blue Shirt" is her first solo project.

Rebecca Newton is a well-known name on the North Carolina music scene. The longtime musician and artist promoter has spent decades performing in groups and working to promote her bands and other people's music.

When the opportunity came up to record a solo album at Jerry Brown's Rubber Room studio in Chapel Hill, she leapt at it and began a years-long collaborative process to write down her story and assemble it with help from some of the state's best musicians, including Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange, and Robert Sledge, formerly of Ben Folds Five. The product is her new record “Blue Shirt.”

Newton joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the process of putting together the personal collection. Newton, who is president and CEO of the Carolina Theatre of Durham, is joined by artists Robert Sledge on bass and Sam Frazier on guitar.

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.