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Sounds of Apartment Life: The Music of Cantinero

Cantinero with his Jack Russell terrier Max and his redbone coonhound Ruby, who can be heard on the song "Tuesday."
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Cantinero with his Jack Russell terrier Max and his redbone coonhound Ruby, who can be heard on the song "Tuesday."
New York's Lovely Studios, also known as Chris Hicken's apartment.
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New York's Lovely Studios, also known as Chris Hicken's apartment.

Cantinero is the musical pen name of British singer-songwriter Chris Hicken.

A veteran of a number of English bands, Hicken earned the nickname -– the Spanish word for "bartender" –- while tending bar in New York for many years.

He recently released his debut CD, Championship Boxing, a collection of introspective pop songs recorded in New York's Lovely Studios -- which happen to be a spare bedroom in the singer's New York apartment.

The CD captures the sound of city apartment life: dripping taps, background television and the barking of Hicken's own coonhound Ruby.

NPR's Sheilah Kast recently visited Hicken's Lovely Studios to talk about his music.

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Sheilah Kast
Sheilah Kast joined NPR in November 2003 as the weekend newscaster for "PBS/NPR Newsbrief," the hourly 30-second television news reports produced by NPR for PBS stations.