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Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

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