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A3: From 'The Sopranos' To Joy Division

Alabama 3, a.k.a. A3, is an unlikely band in many ways. A ten-piece from the U.K., it was sued by the country band Alabama and forced to change its name. Its members claim that they met in rehab and usually speak in deep Southern accents. And, of course, their song "Woke Up This Morning" became the theme for the American mob show The Sopranos.

A3 pared itself down to a trio for a visit to WFUV, and while it did offer up the backstory on The Sopranos, the band also proved that it's much more than that one song. Armed with two acoustic guitars and three voices, A3 also ran through a "country death ballad" version of the Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Originally recorded June 30, 2008.

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Copyright 2008 WFUV

Rita Houston
A nationally recognized tastemaker with a broad knowledge of and passion for music, Rita Houston shapes the musical direction of WFUV's acclaimed City Folk® format. With the help of staff, Houston selects the songs that become part of City Folk®, establishes theme days and creates popular features like "New Release Monday" and "Guilty Pleasures Day." Well-known for her rapport with artists, she books the on-air interviews, hosting a number of them herself. Houston also serves as executive producer of the nationally distributed City Folk Live concert series, and produces annual benefit CDs of performances from WFUV's Studio A.