World Cafe

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

Flamin' Groovies On World Cafe

Jan 6, 2016

After getting its start in San Francisco in 1965 and holding onto an early-'50s rock sound that was out of place with the psychedelic ballroom scene, the Flamin' Groovies gained more fame in the early '70s when Cyril Jordan took sole control from original member Roy Loney.

Phil Cook On World Cafe

Jan 5, 2016

Phil Cook returns to World Cafe, but this time he's not supporting M.C. Taylor and Hiss Golden Messenger. Instead, he's here to perform songs from his first solo album, Southland Mission. Three years in the making, the album is also the first solo release from a member of Megafaun, Cook's psychedelic folk band with friends who'd moved to North Carolina from Eau Claire, Wisc.

World Cafe Next: Marlon Williams

Jan 4, 2016

Kick off the new year by meeting Marlon Williams, a stunning artist from New Zealand. After growing up in a Maori household, Williams went to university to study classical music, but ultimately left to chase other creative pursuits.

Williams' stylistically diverse debut album, out internationally Feb. 19, is held together by the singer's fluid voice and the way he emotionally inhabits his songs. Download the audio segment to get two songs, but remember that they represent only a couple of facets of this remarkable performer.

World Cafe's 2016 Preview

Jan 4, 2016

As we put 2015 to rest, World Cafe invites NPR Music's Ann Powers to take a look at musical offerings for the new year. Several major, established artists have announced new releases — including David Bowie, who has a marvelous, jazz-informed album called Blackstar coming out Jan. 8. Powers also spotlights a new release from Lucinda Williams, as well as a set of covers that the late Jeff Buckley recorded as demos and a new album from Philadelphia's Santigold.

World Cafe's Best Of 2015

Dec 29, 2015

More than 200 bands were featured on World Cafe this year, including many incredible sessions. This week on the show, we're re-airing eight of the best guest performances of 2015. Listen back to each one from the archives below.

Your Christmas celebration is about to get funkier — and, it goes without saying, better. Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, one of the world's top soul bands ever since the release of Dap Dipping in 2002, has released a joy-packed album for the season — titled It's A Holiday Soul Party — and recently visited World Cafe to perform its songs live.

Latin Roots: Christmas In Cuba

Dec 24, 2015

Just in time for Christmas Eve, World Cafe heads to the tropics for a holiday-themed Latin Roots segment. Contributor Judy Cantor-Navas uses the occasion as an opportunity to look at Christmas in Cuba, with music from pre-revolutionary times right up until the present day.

Hear songs from the great Celia Cruz and more in this segment, and find even more to enjoy on Latin Roots' Cuban Christmas Spotify playlist.

David Myles On World Cafe

Dec 24, 2015

Mild-mannered, sharply dressed David Myles knows how to bring the Christmas cheer. Born in New Brunswick, Myles proudly represents Eastern Canada and even has a CBC radio show covering the music of the Maritimes. In today's conversation with host David Dye, he talks about some of his local Christmas customs.

Since 2002, the Americana Music Association has held its annual Americana Honors & Awards show, which celebrates the music and musicians whose work is heard in various roots-music styles, including roots-rock, country, folk, bluegrass, alt-country, blues and R&B. Over the years, the ceremony has become a singular event in the genre, with honors given to the new — Sturgill Simpson, Alabama Shakes, Shovels & Rope — as well as to legends such as Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder, Loretta Lynn and John Prine.

Martin Courtney On World Cafe

Dec 23, 2015

Martin Courtney is a singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Brooklyn. In 2008, Courtney co-founded Real Estate in Ridgewood, N.J., with Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Etienne Duguay. Courtney has released three albums with Real Estate and just put out his solo debut, Many Moons, in October.