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Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

Seth Avett, of The Avett Brothers, and Ohio-based artist, Jessica Lea Mayfield, join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After touring together for years, the pair has released their first record together, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, inspired by their mutual admiration for the late singer-songwriter. They play some covers live today and recall how they were first introduced to Smith's music.

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Asleep At The Wheel

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Asleep at the Wheel. They've been together for 45 years playing excellent Western swing music, a genre that developed in the 1920s with the late Bob Wills leading the way. Asleep at the Wheel pay tribute to the Western swing legend on their new album, Still the King. They'll perform a live set and discuss their one near-encounter with Wills in 1973.

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Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is David Dye's guest on this episode or World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. She gained worldwide attention a couple years ago for the song "Avant Gardener" from her double-EP, A Sea of Split Peas. Now she's back with a full-length album – her first – called Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which arrived last month. We'll hear her play live from her hometown of Melbourne, Australia and talk about the new disc.

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Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile joins host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Her 2007 record, The Story, and its title track brought the singer-songwriter tremendous commercial success. Now she's released her fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter. Brandi performs some of her new music live and talks with David about capturing an authentic rock 'n' roll sound in the studio.

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Kishi Bashi

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Kishi Bashi, the solo project of violinist and singer-songwriter, Kaoru Ishibashi. He's played with likes of Regina Spektor, Of Montreal, Sondre Lerche, and others, and he's just released his second album, called Lighght. Kishi Bashi performs live today, complete with a string quartet, and we'll hear how he got his start in a rock band.

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Angaleena Presley

On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye's guest is Angaleena Presley. Before her huge success as a member of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, she grew up a coal miner's daughter in Kentucky. Presley recalls those roots on her solo debut, American Middle Class. She explains how the album was a long time coming in today's interview and plays live in the studio.

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Cookies

Cookies join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. They are a Brooklyn based electro-pop band centered around the work of Ben Sterling, who produced their debut almost entirely on his own. The very catchy new collection is titled Music for Touching. We'll hear a live performance from Cookies and Ben discusses his history with Mobius Band.

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Ryan Bingham

David Dye welcomes Ryan Bingham on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Following his successful debut in 2007, he collaborated with T Bone Burnett to write the Grammy-winning music for the film, Crazy Heart. Now, he has a new batch of Americana songs on the album Fear and Saturday Night. Ryan performs a live set today, and he'll share about his struggles growing up.

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The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds are live on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Today, we meet the Pennsylvania folk trio who got together in 2012, and have just released their first album on Yep Roc Records, called Best Medicine. The Cafe's Michaela Majoun speaks with them about their upbringing in musical families and the contemporary issues addressed in their songwriting. Plus, The Stray Birds play a set in front of a live audience.

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The Lone Bellow

Guster visit David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After 20 years together, their new album, Evermotion, steps outside the box of their signature rock sound. The band's three original members talk about the transition and the influence of their producer, Richard Swift, in this interview. And we'll hear some of Guster's new music live from the stage of World Cafe Live.

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