Asleep at the Wheel: Driving Western Swing

The band has brought predecessor Bob Wills' story to the stage in a musical drama.

Asleep at the Wheel: Driving Western Swing

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World Cafe

G. Love and Special Sauce, Making 'Lemonade'

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The band's newest record, Lemonade, is a fantastic back-to-basics effort.

G. Love and Special Sauce in Studio on World Cafe - 09/29/2006

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Starsailor: A Flair for Graceful Drama

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Starsailor retains the depth of emotion that first attracted it so much attention.

Starsailor in Studio on World Cafe - 11/28/2006

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Gomez: Blues, Pop and Rock Collide

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Gomez's infectious blend of bluesy wails and pop-rock harmonies has made it a top U.K. export.

Gomez: Blues, Pop and Rock Collide

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Bela Fleck Pushes Limits of the Banjo

Eight-time Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck was fascinated with the banjo from an early age, but his teachers kept pushing him to play other instruments. Luckily, he kept up with the banjo — when he wasn't being forced to sing tenor or play the French horn. Fleck continues to push the limits of the instrument with his improvisation on the Stephen Foster favorite, 'Oh! Susanna.'

Bela Fleck Pushes Limits of the Banjo

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Midlake: Picture-Perfect Americana

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Midlake's new album finds it polishing its acoustic, increasingly piano-driven '70s folk-rock sound.

Midlake in Studio on World Cafe - 09/20/2006

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Christopher O'Riley Takes on an Elliott Smith Tune

Host Christopher O'Riley performs Elliott Smith's "Coast to Coast."

Christopher O'Riley Takes on an Elliott Smith Tune

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13-Year-Old Plays a Nearly 400-Year-Old Violin

Caroline Goulding, 13, plays a unique violin: a 1617 Amati loaned to her by the Stradivari Society in Chicago. She is in excellent company. Former Stradivari Society recipients include Joshua Bell, Midori, Sara Chang and Yo-Yo Ma! Goulding performs Brahms' Sonatensatz in C Minor.

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The Festivus Quartet: Everybody's In Charge

Oboist Yuga Cohler, violinist Mann-Wen Lo, violist Christine Hung and cellist Tavi Ungerleider hail from the New England Conservatory Prep Division. The group's unusual name, The Festivus Quartet, comes from a Seinfeld reference. The quartet performs Benjamin Britten's Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2.

The Festivus Quartet: Everybody's In Charge

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Les Claypool: Innovative and Unpredictable

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The bassist and songwriter, known for Primus and countless side projects, remains a funky oddball.

Les Claypool: Innovative and Unpredictable

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