World Cafe

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

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.

Squeeze On World Cafe

Dec 22, 2015

Squeeze, the effervescent duo of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, made its debut in 1978 and released the bestselling Cool For Cats in 1979. Now, it's made its first album of new music together since 1998. Difford and Tilbrook took a little time off from Squeeze in the mid-'80s, and each started to focus on a solo career in the late '90s. They didn't even see each other for almost a decade.

Rickie Lee Jones On World Cafe

Dec 18, 2015

Dave Rawlings Machine On World Cafe

Dec 17, 2015

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings are a musical and life partnership. They live together, write together and perform together, usually under Welch's name.

When Jon Anderson, the singer from British progressive rock band Yes, and electric-jazz-violin innovator Jean-Luc Ponty play together, their collaboration makes immediate sense. Anderson calls it spiritual. The Anderson Ponty Band combines music from both of them — Anderson has written words to Ponty's instrumentals — and it soars.

On this page, hear performances from an October concert, as well as a conversation with the two longtime players.

Holly Miranda On World Cafe

Dec 15, 2015

Holly Miranda grew up in a conservative religious family in Detroit. Secular music was banned in her childhood home, but she got a guitar at 14 and left for New York City at 16 to try and make it in the music business. And she did, sort of. After making a major-label album that was ultimately canned, Miranda went on to form a band called The Jealous Girlfriends, which went on hiatus in 2007 when her solo career began in earnest.

World Cafe Next: The Cactus Blossoms

Dec 14, 2015

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum are The Cactus Blossoms. With their sibling harmonies and retro-leaning country songs, their music conjures images of The Everly Brothers. And, as it happens, Torrey and Burkum are from Minneapolis, where World Cafe just traveled for its Sense Of Place series.

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