Gregg Allman died May 27, 2017, at the age of 69. He's remembered by the music world as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and one of the pioneers of Southern rock. We revisit Allman's last visit to World Cafe in 2011, when he performed songs from his seventh solo studio album, Low Country Blues. We also will visit with the Old 97's.
Indie rockers Pinegrove won over critics and fans with their warm, nostalgia-tinged 2016 album Cardinal. The Montclair, New Jersey band talks about friendship, community and why they decided to donate all the proceeds from a live version of their album to the Southern Poverty Law Centre. Then in hour two, a lively Latin Roots session with IFE.
On his third album, This Old Dog, Mac Demarco reaches a striking level of maturity, studying the work of his songwriting heroes James Taylor and Paul Simon, and penning a few pieces inspired by the failing health of his long absent father.
Australian rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever cite fellow Aussies The Go-Betweens as an influence. On the next World Cafe they’ll perform songs off their debut EP for Sub Pop Records called The French Press. And we’ll hear the Cinderella story about how they got signed.
On his latest release called My Spirit Sister, Joshua James explores questions about fidelity and fears about fatherhood with staggering honesty. He talks about being raised in the Mormon church and why he left, and performs dark, stark Americana on the World Cafe.
In this Nashville Session, Ann Powers brings us former Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley. In her newest album, Wrangled, the spunky Presley shares with us her experiences with sexism, loss, and reinvention in the country music scene.