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NPR puts spotlight on Baltimore music

Baltimore band Super City was featured on NPR this week.
Baltimore band Super City was featured on NPR this week.(Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Some of Baltimore's frontline musical talent graced national airwaves during Wednesday's NPR show, "World Café: Sense of Place," a show that highlights essential and emerging artists.

In two segments of "The Sounds of Baltimore," NPR consulted hosts from Towson University radio station WTMD. Erik Deatherage, host of WTMD's "Morning Show" first shared a history of Baltimore's music scene. His first choice — Divine's "Born to be Cheap" — was inspired by director John Waters.

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"I think you have to start with weird and embrace that," Deatherage said while referencing the filmmaker and author.

He also played The Mamas and the Papas' cover of "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" by The Royalettes.

Sam Sessa, host of "Baltimore Hit Parade" on WTMD and former entertainment editor at the Baltimore Sun, then showcased five of his favorite songs. He began with rock quintet The Herd of Main Street, and also played music from Super City, Sun Club, George Cessna and Celebration.

"There's a lot of encouragement in the city," Sessa said. "I think we're a very earnest music scene and you can hear that energy in some of these songs."

It was difficult to choose five songs, he said, but Sessa ended up highlighting the diverse collection of Americana and experimental genres in Baltimore.

"It's still very fertile ground here in Baltimore," Sessa said. Download his picks for free here.

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