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Talia Schlanger

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Activist, preacher, and author, Rev. Sekou brings social consciousness to his soulful and bluesy debut album, In Times Like These. The album was produced by Luther Dickinson and features Cody Dickinson, whose band North Mississippi Allstars also released a new album recently, Prayer For Peace. We catch up with both North Mississippi Allstars and Rev. Sekou on their combined tour.

Leslie Kalohi

  Country-tinged singer songwriter Jade Jackson says Lucinda Williams’ album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road served as the template for her debut, Gilded. The album was produced by Mike Ness from Social Distortion. Jackson was raised in a small California town by parents who shunned television and the internet. As a child Jade fell in love with her father’s record collection and started writing her own songs. 

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It's the first day of summer and what better way to celebrate than with Yacht Rock? Kick back with an ice –cold beverage and enjoy an ocean of smooth soft-listening music made in the late 70s and early 80s by artists like Toto, the Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates and Kenny Loggins. Note: this show is best enjoyed on a luxurious boat wearing a Captain hat.

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In 2015 (Sandy) Alex G stepped out of his bedroom and gave us his first album, Beach Music, earning himself a place alongside Frank Ocean on two of the pop sensation’s albums, Blonde and Endless. Now, Alex G is back and at it again, sweeping us up through intimate songs with a homemade feel, on his most recent album, Rocket.

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  New Orleans-born trumpeter, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, commemorates the 100th anniversary of commercially recorded jazz in a trilogy of albums beginning with his latest, Ruler Rebel. aTunde Adjuah revisits history to highlight how many social issues remain the same to this day. 

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We’re revisiting Sting’s amazing interview from April when he passed through World Cafe to talk about his latest record, 57th and 9th. Sting shares the real-life moment in Paris’ red light district that inspired Roxanne, what The Police’s first American tour felt like, and what his grandchildren call him.

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If you’re a Sheryl Crow fan, at some point you’ve put on one of her old records for inspiration… Turns out – she does the exact same thing! Or at least she did when it came to make her latest record called Be Myself. We revisit our interview with Sheryl from later April, where we talked about recapturing her early 90s spirt and hear her perform new songs. She will be playing a sold out concert at the Jazz Festival on June 29th.

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Rhiannon Giddens and her producer Dirk Powell join World Cafe Nashville correspondent Ann Powers with the new album Freedom Highway. Giddens shares what it was like to inhabit African American voices from the past in songs like "At the Purchaser's Option" and how slavery was wrapped into the fabric of all of American society.

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The American political climate inspired a lot of the lyrics on Gov't Mule's latest rock 'n' roll record, Revolution Come... Revolution Go.

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  Our guest in this session is The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, whose new solo album is called Waiting On A Song. The record is a product of Auerbach's move to Nashville, where he met some of the heavy collaborators who appear on it — including John Prine, who co-wrote the title song. Waiting On A Song also features veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin, Grammy winner David Ferguson, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas and Mark Knopfler. In this session, Auerbach discusses how he got them to play on the album and performs some of the new songs.  

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