World Cafe

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

DMA's On World Cafe

Apr 27, 2016

Tommy O'Dell, Johnny Took and Matt Mason, who make up the Australian trio DMA's, were on World Cafe in 2015 when they released their self-titled EP. Now, just a year later, they've released their first full-length, a guitar-driven garage-pop record called Hills End. Hear DMA's perform four songs from the album in this special mini-concert for World Cafe.

Paul Burch On World Cafe

Apr 26, 2016

Country singer-songwriter Paul Burch has been making roots records — often with his band, The WPA Ballclub — for two decades, ever since he first arrived in Nashville and started playing covers at Tootsies Orchid Lounge on Lower Broadway. He's released 10 albums, and has contributed music to both PBS' The Appalachians and HBO's True Blood.

World Cafe Next: Karl Blau

Apr 25, 2016

Producer Tucker Martine was familiar with Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter Karl Blau through Blau's work on Laura Veirs' records; Martine is Veirs' husband and has produced her latest work. Martine had a vision of setting Blau's voice against lush, dreamy, string-drenched arrangements, and Introducing Karl Blau took shape.

Sense Of Place North Carolina: Mitch Easter

Apr 22, 2016

Mitch Easter has been a significant presence in the North Carolina music scene for decades — beginning in 1980, when he opened his Drive-In Studio in his parents' garage in Winston-Salem. Easter is best known for his band Let's Active and as a producer for the first R.E.M. albums in the early '80s.

Shirlette Ammons is a multidisciplinary hip-hop artist from Durham, N.C., who specializes in making musical connections. Her latest album, Language Barrier, is a tour de force that includes contributions from many of the artists World Cafe spoke with during our Sense Of Place visit to North Carolina — including Heather McEntire from Mount Moriah, M.C.

One of the major highlights of World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area was a one-time event that M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger put together just for us.

On World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to North Carolina, we discussed the DIY beginnings and subsequent growth of Durham, N.C.'s Merge Records with co-founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan. Founded in 1989 as a way to release their band Superchunk's music — and, later, albums by their friends — the label has become a powerhouse thanks in part to artists like Spoon and Arcade Fire.

Whether he's playing in bands like Superchunk (or his former solo project, Portastatic) or co-heading Merge Records, Mac McCaughan keeps plenty busy. Last year, he released his first solo album under his own name, Non-Believers.

Singer-songwriter David Childers was new to World Cafe when the show took its Sense Of Place visit to North Carolina, even though his recordings date back almost 20 years. Childers' folk-rock/country songs often have religious themes that reflect his personal journey — especially on his latest album, Serpents Of Reformation, which was recorded by his son, Robert.

Music is only one part of that journey; Childers is also a painter and a practicing lawyer who shepherds clients through mazes of bureaucracy.

A swing-revival band formed in 1993, Squirrel Nut Zippers got together in Chapel Hill, N.C. Best known for its breakthrough single, "Hell," the group visited the World Cafe studio in 1996 to perform four songs, discuss how Squirrel Nut Zippers formed, and explain how they took a different approach to recording Hot, their latest record at the time.

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