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

Jim James On World Cafe

Nov 7, 2016

Jim James, the leader of the Louisville, Ky., band My Morning Jacket, has a new solo album, Eternally Even. It's a political album — not because it is directly about climate change or immigration or this election's other hot-button issues, but because it addresses the mindset that has led to such a divided nation. It's about love and fear.

Our guest on Friday's episode of World Cafe was Bob Weir, the founding rhythm guitarist of iconic American band the Grateful Dead.

Bob Weir On World Cafe

Nov 4, 2016

Bob Weir, songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grateful Dead, used to be a cowboy. As a teenager, he had a job on a ranch in Wyoming and now, many years later, he's written an album about the experience called Blue Mountain.

Carla Morrison comes from Tecate, a small Mexican city south of San Diego, where the air always smelled like malt from the namesake brewery. She is an emotionally powerful indie-pop performer whose love songs inspire her audience. Her career has been growing rapidly in this decade; her 2012 album Déjenme Llorar won multiple Latin Grammys in the Alternative category, and her latest record, Amor Supremo, carries on the themes of love.

Twenty years ago, DJ Shadow made his debut with an album composed virtually entirely of samples. It was called Endtroducing, and it set a new standard for the creative parameters of hip-hop. In 2016, he's still pushing the boundaries with his new record, This Mountain Will Fall. In this session, Shadow shares his thoughts on the fine balance between paying homage to hip-hop history and keeping things fresh.

When John Paul White withdrew in 2014 from The Civil Wars, his country-folk duo with Joy Williams, it seemed to all the world like he'd disappeared.

Last week, World Cafe landed in Nashville to kick off World Cafe Nashville, a series of upcoming studio sessions and events showcasing the broad, vibrant musical landscape of Music City. There's definitely something in the water there, and with World Cafe Nashville, we'll be tapping into what makes that music scene tick. At our Oct.

The New York City duo The Shacks is made up of Shannon Wise and Max Shrager, who are 18 and 20 years old, respectively. The band's new, self-titled EP includes its first single, "Strange Boy," and some similarly atmospheric songs. Wise's voice belies her age, and with Shrager's production, this sounds like the early work of a force to be reckoned with. Hear two songs in the audio segment.

Adia Victoria has traveled a long way since she dropped out of high school in South Carolina. She impulsively hopped to London and Paris, to New York City and back to the American South. In Atlanta, she learned guitar and steeped herself in the blues, which she says represented "the first time in my life that I felt connected to my blackness and to my Southernness." Finally, it was on to Nashville.

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