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4.1 | American jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd

“I think the electric guitar has a place, and there are a lot of electric guitar players that I enjoy listening to very much, but I find for myself the natural guitar a more expressive instrument.”

For International Guitar Month, listen to Studs Terkel’s interview with American jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd, who was known for his affinity for Brazilian music, particularly bossa nova, and was even made a knight of the Rio Branco by the Brazilian government in 1999. Listen here.

Explore the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, which features more than 1,200 programs and interviews with the twentieth century’s most fascinating people. Browse the archive.


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