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Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the <em>Tonight Show</em> band in 2008.
Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the <em>Tonight Show</em> band in 2008.

All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The politician currently hosts a TV show on Fox News and plays bass guitar in his rock band, Capitol Offense. His musical tastes are similarly multifaceted: Huckabee says he grew up listening to big-band jazz.

"One of the songs that I listened to over and over — and at the time not necessarily because I wanted to — was 'In the Mood' by Glenn Miller," Huckabee tells All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.

Although you wouldn't see a jazz standard on one of his band's set lists, Huckabee says he's come to embrace the sounds of the big-band era.

"It's pure America," he says.

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