World Cafe

Saturdays at 10 pm
David Dye

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

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2:20pm

Thu May 24, 2012
World Cafe

Janiva Magness On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 4:14 pm

Janiva Magness.
Courtesy of Jeff Dunas

Known for exploring the complexity of human hurt in ways that are both personal and universal, Janiva Magness is a widely praised blues and soul singer. Magness writes from a serious place, and fittingly, her music isn't to be taken lightly: She often weaves a difficult personal history into her songs, but, as her new album's title suggests, Magness pushes through tough times on Stronger for It.

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5:15pm

Wed May 23, 2012
World Cafe

Kent Hartman On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 9:24 am

Courtesy of the author

Almost every record you know that was a 1960s radio hit had a secret weapon — a crew of L.A. backing musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew." This group, which included the likes of Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye, helped artists ranging from the Partridge Family to the Beach Boys make great-sounding albums.

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2:25pm

Wed May 23, 2012
World Cafe

Joachim Cooder On World Cafe

Joachim Cooder.
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Joachim Cooder is no stranger to collaborations, nor is he new to scoring soundtracks, yet Cooder's newest project combines his past experiences in an unexpected way. Son of legendary guitarist Ry Cooder, he took to the drums early on, and eventually played in the famous documentary Buena Vista Social Club. He's also worked behind the scenes, writing for the soundtracks of films such as Lars and the Real Girl.

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4:31pm

Tue May 22, 2012
World Cafe

Next: John Fullbright

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 9:09 am

Courtesy of the Jesse Costa/WBUR
  • Hear two new tracks by John Fullbright

Hailing from Okemah, Okla., with a serious talent for writing Americana music, John Fullbright is often compared to Woody Guthrie. But Fullbright isn't riding on the coattails of the great folk artists who came before him; in fact, he describes himself as a songwriter, not just a musician, because he's determined to play his own music.

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3:24pm

Tue May 22, 2012
World Cafe

Neal Casal On World Cafe

Neal Casal.
Courtesy of the artist

Many fans of American rock love Neal Casal's guitar work, whether they know his solo music or not. Primarily a solo artist and guitarist for Ryan Adams' backing band The Cardinals, Casal built his career on country-rock sensibilities and tireless output. His first solo album came out in 1995, and since then, he's kept up his solo work while playing with The Cardinals, Chris Robinson of Black Crowes and countless others.

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