Interview: Angie McMahon On Her Debut, 'Salt,' Bon Jovi And A Potential Piano EP : World Cafe From her home in Australia, Angie McMahon talks about the songwriter's romantic ideal of being awake at 4 a.m., winning a contest to open for Bon Jovi and the powerful song she wrote after a bad date.
NPR logo

Angie McMahon On World Cafe

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/841298797/841503999" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Angie McMahon On Reimagining Her Debut At Home And 'Keeping Time' In Isolation

Angie McMahon On Reimagining Her Debut At Home And 'Keeping Time' In Isolation

Angie McMahon On World Cafe

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/841298797/841503999" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Angie McMahon Ian Laidlaw/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Ian Laidlaw/Courtesy of the artist

Angie McMahon

Ian Laidlaw/Courtesy of the artist

Set list

  • "Keeping Time"
  • "Slow Mover"
  • "And I Am A Woman"
  • "Standout" (Web Exclusive Performance)

Something happened the other day that's brand new for me: I did my first official video interview for our show, and I'm very thankful that it was with Angie McMahon. We've been playing her music on the show for almost a year now — her debut album, Salt, was a 2019 standout for the staff. Angie's got a gift for songwriting and despite the fact we're all cooped up in quarantine, she took some time to share some of the stories behind the songs on Salt with a stranger halfway around the world. Plus, there's a fun Bon Jovi story and we talk about our pets. Who doesn't enjoy a little bit of that?

There's a feeling of connectivity on Salt, and it comes through when you hear Angie talk. So please, enjoy our "Home Cafe" conversation, but first we get started with a performance that was recorded earlier this year.

Episode Playlist