Josh Ritter is David Dye's guest on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The singer-songwriter originally from Idaho recorded his debut while studying at Oberlin College, and he's gone on to release seven more albums in his narrative and melodic Americana style. The new one, Sermon on the Rocks, is out now. We'll learn why Josh went to New Orleans to record it, and he plays acoustic versions of some songs live in the studio.
On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes The Mekons. When they formed in England in the '70s, they started out as a punk band, but their later music took heavy influence from British folk music and American country. Documenting the group's evolution is the new film, Revenge of the Mekons, and they're here to talk about it today. Plus, you cannot miss The Mekons' live performance.
David Dye is joined by Irish singer-songwriter, Glen Hansard, on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. He captured an international audience for his starring role in the film, Once, and wrote the soundtrack, including the Oscar-winning song, "Falling Slowly." Today, he performs in front of a live audience with new music from Didn't He Ramble, and we'll learn why Glen rewrote the album entirely when it came time to record.
On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes Shaun Fleming, who performs as Diane Coffee. Along with being the drummer for the band Foxygen, Fleming has now released his second solo album, Everybody's A Good Dog. It's full of fresh pop-rock, as we'll hear in a live set today. Plus, Shaun explains the Diane Coffee moniker and how his early work as a voice actor has influenced his singing.
David Dye welcomes Youth Lagoon on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The band is the work of Idaho musician, Trevor Powers, who writes melodic and experimental indie pop. His latest effort, Savage Hills Ballroom, was deeply influenced by the death of a friend while Trevor was on tour. We'll hear that story and more in today's session, along with a live performance from Youth Lagoon.
David Dye's guest is Kamasi Washington on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The jazz saxophonist from L.A. is best known for his arrangements and playing on Kendrick Lamar's recent album, To Pimp a Butterfly. Kamasi has his own new three-disc release, called The Epic, which features a full orchestra and choir. He's brought an eight-piece band for today's live performance, and he recalls how rap and jazz influenced him early on.
David Dye welcomes Patty Griffin on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. In a recording career that spans 20 years, her acclaimed work has ranged from rock, to folk, to gospel. On her new rootsy release, Servant of Love, she explores the spiritual connection between humanity and nature. Today, Patty talks about her own observations that inspired the new songs, and she performs live.
David Dye is joined by Galactic on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The revered New Orleans funk band has branched out with a variety of danceable styles on their new album, Into the Deep. It also features guests like Macy Gray and Mavis Staples, and we'll hear about those collaborations in today's interview. Plus, Galactic plays an energetic live set in the studio.
Rayland Baxter is David Dye's guest on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The son of steel player Bucky Baxter, his musical roots are deep, and he grew up in Nashville hanging out with Justin Townes Earle. On his new, second offering, Imaginary Man, Rayland has developed into a strong folk songwriter. We'll hear some of the new music in today's live performance, as well as the stories behind the songs.
On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, host David Dye welcomes Boxed In, the brainchild of Londoner, Oli Bayston. He's live in the studio with his band today to showcase their new self-titled debut influenced by house music and Krautrock. Along with a fantastic performance, in this interview Bayston explains his goal of combining electronic music with the live aspect of playing in a band.