As the front man and lead songwriter of the Kinks, Davies helped lead the British Invasion of American pop music. And the group's influence has only grown over the years, as an increasing number of young musicians cite them as an influence.
Sergio and Odair Assad join forces in a concert from the Tisch Center for the Arts in New York. The Grammy-winning guitar duo perform new arrangements of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in G Major and Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti's "Bajao malandro."
Widely known for his chart-topping hit "Barely Breathing," Duncan Sheik traverses new ground with White Limousine. Among his most ambitious work to date, the album is innovative in both content and design.
Though already a well-known pianist and vocalist, her new album, Speak for Yourself, has gained a much larger audience after her songs appeared on the soundtrack of television's The OC and the indie-film hit Garden State.
Acclaimed guitarist Derek Trucks knows something about musical lineage. He joined his uncle to play in The Allman Brothers Band, and has just released a new studio album with his own band. Songlines is named for a book about Aboriginal creation myth.
When the Subdudes got back together in 2002, fans of their musical gumbo rejoiced. Four years later, the band is running strong with a style of roots-rock that is made to be played live. Their latest CD was produced by Keb Mo.
An experiment in indie-pop that began in a Delaware family's basement has culminated in the Spinto Band CD, Nice and Nicely Done. The band started in a basement in Wilmington, Del., with two sets of brothers and their high-school friends.
The Spinto Band in Studio on World Cafe - 03/23/2006
The New Standards are making waves by reinterpreting their favorite songs in a jazz mode. John Munson of Semisonic fame plays bass and sings, Chan Poling of the Suburbs plays piano, and Steve Roehm is on vibraphone as they remake songs by the Replacements and the Clash.
The New Standards in Studio on World Cafe - 03/22/2006
Hailing from Tennessee, Robinella got her musical start from singing in church. On her first solo effort, Solace for the Lonely, Robinella fuses a variety of musical influences, from Appalachian church music, straight bluegrass, honky-tonk, jazz, blues and more.