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Julie Rhodes - "In Your Garden" (audio) (premiere)

Recorded in Muscle Shoals, this new track announces the arrival of a significant new Americana/blues talent.

How New England singer-songwriter Julie Rhodes was discovered is a great story. Artist Jonah Tolchin heard her singing along to one of his songs during his performance, they talked after the show, and soon after he was co-producing her debut album at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Not only that, but Bound to Meet the Devil, which comes out on 26 February, features guest appearances by Spooner Oldham, Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins, and Greg Leisz. For all the talent helping out on the record, this thing is all about Rhodes, who makes her presence know immediately on the opening cut "In Your Garden", which can be heard below.

"'In Your Garden' was one of those songs that just sort of comes together out of nowhere," she says. "All I knew going into writing it was that I wanted it to be the anti-love song; an anthem for the rejected, and I think that's exactly what it ended up being."

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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