Spottiswoode and His Enemies is a New York-based band fronted by Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode. Their latest release, Building a Road, is a fun and lightheartedly eclectic set of blues, folk, and rock that incorporates elements normally associated with jazz and big-band music.
Spottiswoode & His Enemies in-studio on World Cafe - 09/28/2005
British singer-songwriter James Blunt stops by to perform music drawn from his debut album, Back to Bedlam. Before venturing into the music industry, Blunt served a four-year stint in the British Army, where he spent time in war-torn Kosovo.
David Gray's new album, Life In Slow Motion, is the product of two years of work to evolve as a songwriter. The new release has been described by Gray himself as "the tip of an iceberg" of musical stores built up over time.
Hurricane Katrina scattered New Orleans musicians — leaving many without home or income. A few players from the Crescent City, including Rock and Roll Hall of famer Allan Toussaint, perform live in NPR's Washington, D.C. studios.
Roots-rock legends Son Volt are back with their first release in seven years. Okemah and the Melody of Riot features some of the finest songs of frontman Jay Farrar's career, bringing to mind some of the greatest recorded moments of Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
As the nation witnesses the trials of New Orleans, World Cafe offers a show dedicated to the music of Louisiana and Mississippi. David Dye has a classic session with New Orleans icon Dr. John, focusing on the lasting music and culture of the Big Easy.
Missy Higgins is a singer and songwriter from Melbourne who has been winning fans in the United States and beyond. Discovered in 2001 as she won an unsigned-artist competition, Higgins' song "All for Believing" became a sensation.
Missy Higgins in-studio on World Cafe - 09/13/2005