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Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

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When three friends are good at what they do and they're having a lot of fun with each other doing it, we're all in for a good time. That's what this session promises.

Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Liz Cooper And The Stampede

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Call it psychedelic, call it classic or call it the sound of new Nashville. Liz Cooper and The Stampede is leading the rock pack in Tennessee right now.

World Cafe Nashville: Liz Cooper & The Stampede

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Nick Lowe And Los Straitjackets On World Cafe

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Los Straitjackets has been backing Lowe for the last few years of touring, so it was only natural that he and the band would record together for this session.

Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets On World Cafe

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Jim Lauderdale On World Cafe

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One of the kings of Americana releases two new albums to bookend his career — one with new tunes and one that dusts off his recordings from 1979.

Jim Lauderdale On World Cafe

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serpentwithfeet On World Cafe

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A live performance of songs from one of the most intriguing albums of the year, soil.

serpentwithfeet On World Cafe

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Boz Scaggs On World Cafe

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Boz Scagg's new music traces back to an early love of the blues that he first fell in love with growing up in Texas and Oklahoma.

Boz Scaggs On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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This undefinable five-piece band boasts a blend of charisma, musical chops, sing-along harmonies and breakneck creativity.

World Cafe Nashville: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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Amanda Shires On World Cafe

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Mama wants to change that Nashville sound.

Amanda Shires On World Cafe

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Stanley Clarke On World Cafe

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A chat with the legend himself and band member Cameron Graves on the new album The Message.

Stanley Clarke On World Cafe

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World Cafe Encore Week: Revisiting The Past Year Of Studio Sessions

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Listen back to some of the best World Cafe interviews and performances of the past year including Courtney Barnett, David Crosby, Natalie Prass and many more.

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Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

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Party band, piano rock, juke jointing. This band can do it all.

Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

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Dessa On World Cafe

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Dessa, a raconteur rapper and slick singer who studied philosophy and dabbled in slam poetry, is one of the most anomalous artists in music today.

Dessa On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Birdtalker

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There's a beautiful reflectiveness within Birdtalker's song that comes from Zack Green's soul-searching and Dani Green's skill with story and metaphor.

Birdtalker On World Cafe

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The Suffers On World Cafe

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Yes, the band makes party music, but the members have worked incredibly hard to get here, surviving hurricanes and discrimination in the music business.

The Suffers On World Cafe

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Neko Case Has Been Through Hell And Back

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Case reflects on a solitary childhood, the fire that consumed her house, the subjugation of women and the fate of humanity, and performs songs from her latest album, Hell-On.

Neko Case On World Cafe

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Frank Turner Breaks Down The 'Collective Problem' With Politics

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The message of Turner's new album Be More Kind applies both to the ways we treat the world around us and the way we treat ourselves.

Frank Turner On World Cafe

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Dawes On World Cafe

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Songwriting and musicianship aside, one of the things fans latch on to is that this band feels like a good hang.

Dawes On World Cafe

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The Record Company On World Cafe

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The members of the trio talk about All of This Life, their relentless work ethic and the surprising similarities between touring in a rock and roll band and growing up on a dairy farm.

The Record Company On World Cafe

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Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

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LaMontagne shares life stories, including how he met his wife at 8 years old, and performs songs from his latest album 'Part of the Light.'

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

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