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Nowadays Bland Simpson is best-known as a celebrated and beloved UNC-Chapel Hill professor and author, pianist of the Red Clay Ramblers and collaborative architect of musicals including “King Mackerel And The Blues Are Running,” “Kudzu” and “Diamond Studs.” Five decades ago, however, he was a UNC student and aspiring singer-songwriter looking for a breakthrough in the big city of New York. David Menconi writes about the re-release of Simpson’s album, “Simpson.”

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