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Illinois Country

Voices from Illinois Country: The Death of Carl Shelton

Illinois musician and historian Chris Vallillo tells the story of how the death of the infamous Southern Illinois gangster Carl Shelton inspired a surprise hit song across the nation in the 1940’s. Vallillo performs the song in Studio X at Illinois Public Media.

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Illinois Country

The Upstarts: Tasji Bachman

Normal, Illinois native Tasji Bachman talks about her roots in Illinois, her journey to Nashville and the excitement of being an up-and-coming songwriter and artist in country music.

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