World Cafe

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

Anderson East On World Cafe

Aug 5, 2015

Crooks On World Cafe

Aug 4, 2015

World Cafe's guest today is a Texas-style, hard-rocking country band. Based in Austin, Crooks formed in 2007 as a duo that played folk and country; in the years that followed, it developed a bolder and louder honky-tonk sound. You can hear that sound on Wildfire, just out, and in this studio session recorded for World Cafe.

World Cafe Next: The Wooden Sky

Aug 3, 2015

Six albums in, World Cafe catches up with the Toronto band The Wooden Sky for this segment. The group, led by singer-songwriter Gavin Gardiner, has a new album called Let's Be Ready. The Wooden Sky describes its own music as "fuzz folk," which you can hear for yourself in the World Cafe: Next podcast, available on the show's Tumblr.

Jonathan Edwards On World Cafe

Aug 3, 2015

Jonathan Edwards has been standing on stages with his guitar, harmonica and clear voice for 50 years. In this session for World Cafe, he does it again. Edwards' new album, Tomorrow's Child, was recorded in Nashville with help from the likes of Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, but his early work — dating back to 1971 — still rings.

To wrap up World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Stockholm, we talked with the charming Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit in Philadelphia just last week. Sisters Klara and Johanna Soderburg sat down to discuss their impression of Stockholm growing up right outside of it — including early busking excursions to the city to finance new hair color.

Today we have a lengthy conversation with The Tallest Man on Earth, the stage name for Swedish artist Kristian Matsson, as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm continues. Matsson started making folk-inspired music on his own in 2006, recording by himself and giving charismatic one-man performances. He added instruments and other players for the first time on his new album, Dark Bird Is Home, expanding the sonic possibilities.