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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

Copyright: Copyright 2016 WXPN University of Pennsylvania

Swimming in Water Metaphors on The Wave

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:35:00 -0500

Nashville-based Los Colognes took their time recording their latest album, their third, called The Wave. While the record isn't a concept disc, water comes up again and again. The band talks to the Cafe's David Dye about writing the new material and about moving as an entire group from Chicago to Nashville almost 8 years ago. The switch from the Windy City to Music City helped them find a solid creative community. Hear that and more, including two live songs!

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Steve Winwood on his 'Greatest Hits'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:31:00 -0500

Winwood tells the World Cafe's David Dye the stories of writing the song "I'm a Man" for The Spencer Davis Group, meeting Eric Clapton and forming Blind Faith with him and becoming a successful solo artist in the 80's with hits like "Back in the High Life." Steve Winwood's new album, Greatest Hits Live, is a career-spanning retrospective that includes new versions of songs including "Can't Find My Way Home," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Gimmie Some Lovin," "John Barleycorn" and "Arc Of A Diver."

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Longest Live Guitar Song Ever on World Cafe

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:15:00 -0500

Get ready for 20 minutes of guitar glory courtesy of Chris Forsyth, in a live performance from his new album Dreaming In The Non-Dream. Chris also talks about honing his personal style of playing and taking career-changing lessons from former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd.

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From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia: La Tribu de Abrante

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:46:00 -0500

No doubt you've heard a lot about the devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit in September. La Tribu de Abrante know the situation first hand – last weekend, they flew from their home in Puerto Rico to Philadelphia to play a special live show. La Tribu de Abrante is led by Hiram Abrante and includes Hiram's 3 brothers as well as his son. Hiram talks with NPR's Alt.Latino host and World Cafe Latin Roots correspondent Felix Contreras about viewing their audience as family and how their own family is doing back home in Puerto Rico, and La Tribu de Abrante performs live. If you would prefer to hear a mostly Spanish version of this episode with an extra live song, check for the alternate version in your podcast feed.

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Cale Tyson: If the Cowboy Hat Fits

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:08:00 -0500

Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, Cale Tyson felt no love for his parents' taste in country. He was more of a screamo kind of kid – which is emo plus screaming. He says his 14 year old self was certain "there is no way in hell I will ever like or play country music." But not only did Cale come around to his parents' tastes, like so many of us do, he ended up moving to Nashville and making a couple honky tonk records, followed by his latest release – a straight up country soul offering called Careless Soul. Cale plays the new songs live and talks about what it's like to be a working musician in Nashville, plus the "American cowboy" persona he felt he had to adopt to promote his record overseas.

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Robert Plant: 'Kashmir' to 'Carry Fire'

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Since his days as lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has followed his love of music to unexpected places, like Raising Sand his Grammy-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss and the mesmerizing world influence on his new album Carry Fire. Plant tells the stories behind some of Led Zeppelin's songs, including the trip to Iceland that involved Vikings and the real-life Hammer of the Gods leading to "Immigrant Song, and the sunny drive through Morocco that inspired "Kashmir". He also talks about building the sounds on Carry Fire with his current band the Sensational Space Shifters, and we hear music from the mesmerizing new album.

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Josh Ritter's 'Gathering' of Ideas

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:31:00 -0400

Uncertainty, Mania, Laughter, and Sadness. Josh Ritter says that those are the four ideas that vie for attention on his new album called Gathering. We'll hear songs that fit into each of those categories plus a tune that Josh asked The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir to sing on and Ritter performs with his band.

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Nashville Doubter Turned Fan: Becca Mancari

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:01:00 -0400

Becca Mancari "always knew" she would end up in Nashville but for a long time didn't like the idea of it, thinking of Music City as "a cheesy place". The singer-songwriter was born in Staten Island, grew up in Pennsylvania, and developed her love of American roots music during her student days in Virginia. She looked for herself in India and lived with her parents in Africa. But in 2012 she came to Nashville to settle in to the music community and launched her own solo band as well as became friends with Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes fame) and Jesse Lafser (the trio now play together as Bermuda Triangle). Becca Mancari talks about all that with the Cafe's Nashville correspondent Ann Powers and plays live songs from her solo debut, Good Woman.

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David Rawlings and Gillian Welch: New Folk For Old Souls

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:21:00 -0400

In crafting his new album Poor David's Almanack David Rawlings set out to pen songs that have the timeless quality of music passed down for generations. Joining him in that effort, and in studio today is his longtime partner in music and in life, Gillian Welch. Since their seminal 1996 album Revival, their jointly written records have largely been released under Gillian's name. While Poor David's Almanack is technically by David, the pair makes it clear in our conversation that collaboration is more important than credit to the two inextricably linked artists. David and Gillian exude one of the most effortless connections I've ever heard. They discuss finding the ultimate harmonic freedom in singing as a duo as well as perform live music from Poor David's Almanack - including song we didn't have time to include in the radio broadcast!

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