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Pocket Narratives from the Mountain Goats

The Sunset Tree
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The Sunset Tree

When the indie band the Mountain Goats began making music in the early 1990s, their albums were recorded on a boombox and released on cassette tapes.

The group's production values have changed, but their evocative, pocket-narrative lyrics are the same. Singer-songwriter John Darnielle, possessed of a distinctive, piercing voice, looks back at his past in the songs on the band's latest album, The Sunset Tree.

Darnielle, bassist Peter Hughes, cellist Erik Friedlander and guitarist/producer John Vanderslice join Linda Wertheimer in studio 4A to play some music and talk about the album.

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As NPR's senior national correspondent, Linda Wertheimer travels the country and the globe for NPR News, bringing her unique insights and wealth of experience to bear on the day's top news stories.