Renowned for their innovative "sacred steel guitar" sound, gospel band the Campbell Brothers teamed up with John Medeski on their latest release, Can You Feel It?. Medeski is a gifted organist best known for his band Medeski, Martin and Wood.
The Campbell Brothers & John Medeski in-studio on World Cafe - 08/03/2005
Loudon Wainwright III first rose to fame in the late 1960s as a witty and honest songwriter. In recent years, he has also become known as Rufus Wainwright's father — and as a part-time actor. His latest album is Here Come the Choppers.
Loudon Wainwright III in-studio on World Cafe - 08/30/2005
In Australia, the John Butler Trio has established itself as one of the most successful independent acts in recent history. Their U.S. debut, Sunrise Over Sea, features gritty and soulful vocals, elements of hip-hop and Appalachian folk.
The John Butler Trio in-studio on World Cafe - 08/25/2005
Dinosaur Jr. helped define and shape indie and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early '90s. The reunited band is now back on the road after issuing re-mastered versions of their first three albums: Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me, and Bug.
Brett Dennen is a singer-songwriter who was born and raised in the small gold-rush town of Oakdale, Calif. He recently released his self-titled debut album, which also features his own original artwork. Dennen chats with World Cafe host David Dye.
Performance Today host Fred Child is on stage at a special NPR evening at the Aspen Music Festival. Violinist Robert McDuffie joins him for a chat, and then McDuffie and pianist Grace Cho play Arvo Part's Spiegel im Spiegel.
Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout (bih-ZAY-den-hoat) joins Performance Today host Fred Child in NPR's Studio 4A. Bezuidenhout is a 24-year-old pianist from South Africa who plays both fortepiano and modern piano. When he's playing music from the period in which composers were writing for the fortepiano, he prefers to play it on that instrument. Bezuidenhout plays a sonata in E-minor by CPE Bach, and then the "Piano Sonata Op. 10, No. 3" by Beethoven. He performs on a fortepiano made by Thomas and Barbara Wolf in 1992.
Nickel Creek's contemporary take on bluegrass has won over many fans beyond the genre's main audience. The trio has been performing together since they were teenagers. Why Should the Fire Die? is their latest release.
Gang of Four released some of the key albums of the English post-punk era. Their forthcoming album, Whitey's Gift, features the original lineup back together again, with 14 new versions of their classic songs.