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Bluegrass songbird Alison Krauss reimagines classic country

With her brand new album Windy City, Alison Krauss creates a collection that shines with the touch of Nashville producer Buddy Cannon, another longtime idol. She shares the bravery it took to give voice to some of her role model's songs in an interview with World Cafe: Nashville host Ann Powers.

Bluegrass songbird Alison Krauss reimagines classic country

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Courtney Barnett

It's a special Sense of Place edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, as David Dye travels to Melbourne, Australia for a session with Courtney Barnett. She was a Best New Artist Grammy nominee last year when she debuted with Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. She'll play favorites from that album today and explains why she put music aside when she first moved to Melbourne.

Courtney Barnett

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Michael Kiwanuka on Black Man in a White World

The London-raised son of Ugandan refugees has spent a lifetime searching for a comfortable place where his music, color and identity intersect. In honor of Black History Month, Kiwanuka talks about staking his claim as a folk-loving Hendrix head who resists being pigeonholed in a soul box, and the confidence it takes to sing "I'm a black man in a white world".

Michael Kiwanuka on Black Man in a White World

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Aurora

On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, Talia Schlanger welcomes 20 year-old singer-songwriter, Aurora, who released her acclaimed first album last year, called All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. In today's interview, she'll talk about her childhood as a self-described weird kid from a tiny farm in Norway. And Aurora and her band play a set of dark pop live in the studio.

Aurora

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Southern Culture on the Skids

David Dye is joined by Southern Culture on the Skids on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The North Carolina band has been putting on wild shows and singing the virtues of dirt track racing, Little Debbie pastries, and kudzu for over thirty years. They have great stories from the road to share today, and we'll hear a live set of music from their new album, called The Electric Pinecones.

Southern Culture on the Skids

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Martin Luther King Day with Bobby Rush

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, bluesman Bobby Rush shares his memories about the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, the harrowing story of the racism he endured, and the powerful message Dr. King delivered when they met in person.

Martin Luther King Day with Bobby Rush

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Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Since 2001's acclaimed record, Southern Rock Opera, songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, originally from Alabama, have been writing about Southern roots. The new, very political album, is called American Band, and today, we'll hear their live set recorded on election day 2016. And they talk about the recent and historical events that inspired some of the songs.

Drive-By Truckers

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Shonen Knife

Talia Schlanger welcomes Shonen Knife on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Formed in 1981, the Japanese pop-punk trio springboarded from an underground following in America, to tours with Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Now they have a new album to celebrate their 35th anniversary, called Adventure, and we'll hear some of the music live today. Plus, the women of Shonen Knife reflect on their long career and their inspirations.

Shonen Knife

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New Year New Music

On the first week of 2017, David Dye and Talia Schlanger share their most anticipated upcoming releases including Sampha, who served as the secret sauce on some of the best R & B tracks of the past year, and instrumental geniuses Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau who've melded minds for a double album that comes out later this month. Get ready to get pumped for a tremendous new year in music!

New Year New Music

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Big Thief

David Dye welcomes Big Thief on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The band formed when Minneapolis singer-songwriter and guitarist, Adrianne Lenker, found a musical partner in Buck Meek. After releasing a couple EPs, and growing to a four-piece, they released their debut full-length this year, called Masterpiece. Big Thief showcase some of their indie-rock live in the studio today, and share how they got their start.

Big Thief

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