For Herb Alpert, it all began in 1962 with a visit to a Tijuana bullfight. His first record, The Lonely Bull, drew inspiration from this experience, as he overdubbed his trumpet playing atop a recording of crowds and other ambient sounds. The album, which would become the first release on A&M Records, marked the beginning of Alpert's band, The Tijuana Brass.
World Cafe's guest today is Trigger Hippy, a band featuring Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, session guitarist Tom Bukovac, singer Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter and Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene, and bassist Nick Govrik.
The singers, Osborne and Greene, favor singing as a duo, and their backing band possesses enormous instrumental fire power. In today's episode, we talk with Gorman, Osborne and Greene about how Trigger Hippy came together, and hear them perform songs from the group's new self-titled album.
This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Israel Nash. Originally from Missouri, the guitarist and singer-songwriter now lives in Dripping Springs, outside of Austin. His third album, Rain Plans, came out this August.
Though often described as straight Americana, Rain Plans also references the psychedelic side of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Here, we'll hear the long, jammy title track and more. Don't forget to sign up to receive the World Cafe: Next podcast.
Caroline Rose joins World Cafe from the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Rose, whose new album is titled I Will Not Be Afraid, escaped the drug problems of her small Northeast hometown via higher education. Now, a self-described "failed scholar and a modern-day hobo," Rose — who lives out of her van — makes her living playing gritty folk, blues and country across the U.S.
World Cafe is recording sets live from the campground stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which has spawned past recordings by The Felice Brothers, Deer Tick and John Fullbright. This set, by country singer Sturgill Simpson on August 14, is one of the best yet.
Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 2:14 pm
The British band alt-J just released its new album, This Is All Yours. The group, which began as a sort of hobby for four art students at Leeds University, won the 2012 Mercury Prize — the annual music prize awarded for the U.K.'s best album. The album that won it for alt-J, An Awesome Wave, is a surprising collection of intricate, off-kilter songs.
Our World Cafe: Next artist this week, Cleopatra Degher, released her first full-length album, Pacific, earlier this month. Degher joins a rich lineage of folk musicians from the Golden State, but her spot in that history came with a long detour: Though born in San Diego, she grew up in Sweden and didn't return to California until she was 18.
Still, Degher's open, breezy arrangements speak fluent Californian. It's as if she never left.
Today's World Cafe guest is Florida bluesman Selwyn Birchwood. Out of the Tampa area, Birchwood, who plays guitar and lap steel, started out self-releasing his music before winning the 2013 International Blues Challenge with his band. That led to a record deal — and his debut album, Don't Call No Ambulance.