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For a time, legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint was missing during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since his recovery, the songwriter has been on a mission to play and record music honoring his city — and helping it rebuild.
Allen Toussaint in Studio on World Cafe - 02/28/2006
Derek Trucks has been playing guitar since he was 9. Now his innovative style shows influences from Buddy Guy to John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. His band's new album, Songlines, relates to a belief among Australian aborigines that things are sung into existence.
Derek Trucks Band in Studio on World Cafe - 02/23/2006
Brazilian group Nacao Zumbi present a modern blend of their country's musical heritage with the global sounds of funk, punk and hip-hop that are seeping into their country's popular culture. the band counts such diverse tastemakers as David Byrne, Asian Dub Foundation and Goldie as fans
As a teen idol, Dion rose to fame in the late 1950s and early '60s. Considered a doo-wop pioneer, the voice behind classics like "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue" is crooning the blues. With Bronx in Blue, Dion revisits his roots.
The British multi-instrumentalist Lewis Taylor is putting his own, very personal mark on neo-soul. Taylor plays all the instruments on Stoned, his first U.S. release, in addition to producing the record himself.
As a band, the Avett Brothers hasn't been around for long. But for brothers Scott and Seth Avett, the project has been a long time coming. From the group's earliest days in 1998, when Scott Avett started playing on porches and sidewalks with friends, their approach to country and bluegrass has continued to evolve.
The Avett Brothers in Studio on World Cafe - 02/15/2006
Dave and Serge Bielanko are looking for a breakout. Their band, Marah, may find it with the CD If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry. The band's ability to tell stories spawned on the grimy streets of New York has drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen's approach to New Jersey.
James Hunter's music harkens back to the days of classic 1950s and early '60s R&B, with infectious vocal and guitar performances, clever songwriting and tight horn arrangements. His latest album, People Gonna Talk, is Hunter's first to be released in America.
The new album My Buzz Comes Back features the distinctive combination of rap, techno, and slide guitar that has made Slo-Mo a fan favorite. With Mike Brenner on lap steel and the rapper Mic Wrecka doling out lyrics, Slo-Mo may never go away.
KT Tunstall is a one-woman band, literally. She plays and sings the multiple parts of her songs while using a machine to loop them in real time, making for a performance style that lends her songs an extra rawness.