Bluesman, singer, and songwriter Chris Smither has been at it for 50 years. Still On The Levee, a new double-disc collection, honors that anniversary by having Smither revisit songs from all stages of his long career, re-recording them in his birthplace of New Orleans.
The fun, breezy Dayton garage-rock band Motel Beds has released five albums since 2001, and just put out a best-of compilation called These Are The Days Gone By. It's hard to choose, but World Cafe: Next showcases a couple of them in this episode, including one that goes back to the group's debut.
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Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 2:30 pm
Robert Plant has had considerable success following his muse over many years. Not much has to be said about the legendary band that is Led Zeppelin, the most revered hard rock group ever. His solo exploration in early R&B yielded some fine solo albums, and then in the 1990s, he started indulging his true loves of English and American folk, 1960s psychedelia, and African music, particularly the sound known as desert blues from Mali.
Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 7:21 pm
If all you know about R&B singer Kelis is her ubiquitous 2003 single "Milkshake," then we're going to go ahead and fix that problem. Kelis has had a fascinating career thus far: recording with the now famous production duo The Neptunes on her first three albums; garnering two Grammy nominations and then walking away from the music biz; spending four years becoming a certified chef from the Le Cordon Bleu cooking academy.
Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 3:45 pm
World Cafe launches a new Latin Roots series today. We went back to our correspondents and asked them to choose the essential songs in different genres of Latin music. We want to answer the question: What songs do people need to hear?
We start the series off with Grammy-winning record producer Aaron Luis Levinson and a passionate piece on essential salsa songs.
Ever since Delta Spirit's 2007 debut, Ode To Sunshine,World Cafe has embraced the trashcan-smashing band. On Tuesday, the group released its fourth album, Into The Wide; several of its songs turn up in this studio session.
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:07 am
Ryan Adams just released his new self-titled album. It's his second solo record since he took time away from touring and recording to deal with Ménière's disease, an inner-ear problem that made performing loud music unbearable.
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 2:59 pm
Hear Two Songs From Cory Branan
OK, so our World Cafe: Next artist this week isn't exactly a new artist. It was back in 2000 that the Recording Academy chapter in his hometown of Memphis named him "Newcomer Of The Year." He pokes fun at the lack of national attention he's received since then in the title of his fourth album, The No-Hit Wonder.
World Cafe has a wonderful, lengthy session with Tori Amos today. The singer-songwriter made her debut more than 20 years ago with Little Earthquakes and has maintained her intensity through the years, as well as her interest in challenging herself.
Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:39 am
Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, South Carolina-based folk duo who had big success with their first album as a band, O Be Joyful, in 2013. It won Best Emerging Artist and Song of The Year honors (for "Birmingham") at the 2013 Americana Music Awards.