Since October 1991, David Dye has hosted interviews and performances with roughly 4,000 artists on World Cafe. Yes, that's four thousand acts, and they've included the likes of Joan Baez, Belle & Sebastian, David Byrne, The National, Aimee Mann, Beck and Richard Thompson.
This month, we've celebrated the show's 20th anniversary by highlighting our 20 favorite interviews and 20 World Cafe: Next artists to keep an eye on. Now, we've put together a comprehensive mix featuring some of the best live performances the show has documented through the years.
The songs on this mix are culled from the Live At The World Cafe CD series, which started in 1995 as a way to bring the music of the World Cafe studios into listeners' homes. There are names you'll recognize and many you won't; some artists have gone on to fame and fortune, while others have slipped under (and possibly fallen off) the radar. You'll hear intimate, in-studio acoustic renditions of well-known hits, as well as spellbinding deep cuts performed before a packed house at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Once you've listened to these, tell us in the comments who you'd like to hear on World Cafe in the years to come.