World Cafe

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

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World Cafe
10:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bobby Charles On World Cafe

Bobby Charles.
Courtesy of the artist

As a teenager in Abbeville, La., Robert Charles Guidry — better known as Bobby Charles — wrote songs that would become classics for Bill Haley and Fats Domino: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking To New Orleans," respectively.

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World Cafe
10:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Sonny Landreth.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

It's fitting that World Cafe ends its Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., with a performance from Sonny Landreth. The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player is a longtime Lafayette resident and a perfect ambassador for the city's music. Landreth's first sideman gig was with zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and several of his songs — like "Congo Square" — have become Louisiana standards.

World Cafe
4:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Accordion Music

Cedric Watson.
Lucius Fontenot Courtesy of the artist

The accordion provides the point of connection for World Cafe's special Latin Roots edition of Sense Of Place: Lafayette. Diego Martin Perez, host of the radio show La Vellonera on KRVS, plays a few examples of the accordion in Latin music and lays out how these tunes relate to Cajun and zydeco styles.

Hear some of his selections at the audio link — and many more in Perez's extended Spotify playlist.

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World Cafe
4:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

The Lost Bayou Ramblers On World Cafe

The Lost Bayou Ramblers.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 4:40 pm

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World Cafe
3:20 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

Herman Fusilier.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:38 pm

World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., has to include a long look at zydeco music. As the host of The Zydeco Stomp on KRVS — and food and culture editor of the Lafayette newspaper The Daily Advertiser -- Herman Fusilier has made zydeco his life. Here, Fusilier discusses the differences between Cajun music and zydeco, the many styles of zydeco, and why he's not worried about the genre's future.

World Cafe
3:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band On World Cafe

CJ Chenier.
Noah Silvestry XPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:38 pm

When the "King Of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier died in 1989, his son CJ Chenier, already part of the famous Red Hot Louisiana Band, shouldered the accordion and followed in his father's footsteps. This past July, World Cafe talked with the younger Chenier — who was performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia — about growing up with zydeco and what it was like to take over his father's band.

Hear the conversation and full set at the audio link.

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World Cafe
3:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Soul Creole On World Cafe

Soul Creole.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:39 pm

For the next stop on World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., the show visits a group of young musicians who combine the two French cultures of the state. Soul Creole — led by Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler Louis Michot and zydeco accordionist Corey Ledet — fuses Cajun and Creole music into a wild, boundary-blurring mix.

Hear a live set by the band, performed at The Blue Moon Saloon in downtown Lafayette, at the audio link.

World Cafe
3:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

Michael Doucet.
John Vettese XPN

On today's installment of World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., we speak with Michael Doucet, who plays Cajun, Creole, zydeco and other traditional music as a founding member and fiddler of Lafayette band BeauSoleil.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

World Cafe Next: Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:32 pm

This week, World Cafe takes its Sense Of Place series to Lafayette, La. Though the city is known for Cajun and zydeco music, we begin with a cheerful pop band, Royal Teeth. Fronted by Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, the group (though currently based in New Orleans) formed in Lafayette in 2010. Its first full-length album is titled Glow.

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World Cafe
12:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Foxygen On World Cafe

Sam France of Foxygen.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Foxygen re-creates the shambolic pop brilliance of '60s and '70s rock music with casual virtuosity. The homage is so spot-on, in fact, that vocalist Sam France's wild live performances and the band's more outré sonic explorations might just be par for the course.

Either way, France broke at least one mic stand during his performance for World Cafe; he says that happens most nights. Earlier this year, France and bandmate Jonathan Rado released their third album as Foxygen, the double-length ...And Star Power.

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