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.
Sean Scolnick, better known as Langhorne Slim, joins David Dye on World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The energetic performer from Langhorne, Pennsylvania just released his second album of folk rock, called The Spirit Moves. Newly single and sober, he talks about how these life changes have affected his music, and we'll hear a live performance with his band, The Law, from the stage of World Cafe Live.
David Dye welcomes Jonathan Edwards on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. He's best known for "Sunshine," a simple but catchy protest song that became a Top 40 hit in 1971. Now fifty years into his career, he has a new album called Tomorrow's Child, featuring guests like Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. Jonathan plays new and old songs for a live audience in the studio today and shares about his time in and out of the music business.
Peter Bjorn and John are featured on this Sense of Place edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The Swedish band's song "Young Folks" became an international hit in 2006, memorable for its whistling verses. Host David Dye traveled to Stockholm for this session, which includes the first playing of brand new music from Peter Bjorn and John's forthcoming album that's still in progress.
David Dye's guest is Boots on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After working with Beyonce on her self-titled 2013 album, he quickly came to prominence as an in-demand producer. He also launched a solo career with a couple of mix tapes, released last year, and now, an album called Motorcycle Jesus. We'll hear a live performance from Boots, and he discusses his experimental methods in the studio.
John Moreland visits David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The Oklahoma singer-songwriter has been making increasingly acclaimed country music over the course of his six self-released albums. High on Tulsa Heat is the latest. He'll share insights into his methods and evolution in a very interesting interview today, and John plays an acoustic set live in the studio.