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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

It's difficult to describe Sunny's guitar virtuosity - but you can find her somewhere between the rooted blues of Robert Johnson, the lightning plucky folk of Richard Thompson and the dexterous wonder of Jack Rose. Sunny cut her performance chops busking for nearly a decade on Venice Beach, where she hung out with people she calls "gutter punks". We talk about the drug-induced near- death experience that landed her in a sober living facility, and how she honed a performance style as unique as it is arresting. Plus Sunny plays emotionally rich live songs from her latest album With The ...

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