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Rodney Crowell's excellent advice for aspiring songwriters

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Rodney Crowell's new album, Triage, is his most personal yet.

Rodney Crowell On World Cafe

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Let's go deep on Yola's 'Stand For Yourself'

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In this session, Yola talks about what it means to "own thyself," shedding an inferior version of herself, working with Brandi Carlile and playing Sister Rosetta Tharpe for a new movie about Elvis.

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Sleater-Kinney's 'Path Of Wellness' marks time of great change, within and without

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Sleater-Kinney's new album is the first they produced themselves, the first without Janet Weiss and amidst the backdrop of wildfires, pandemic and protests.

Sleater-Kinney on World Cafe

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Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine interpret the movies on 'A Beginner's Mind'

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Every song on Stevens the album is connected with a movie, inspired by late nights watching films during a month-long stay in upstate New York.

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Collective connection drives Lukas Nelson's new album 'A Few Stars Apart'

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While the pandemic has been immeasurably difficult, there were also some silver linings for Lukas Nelson – like getting to spend more time with family.

Lukas Nelson on World Cafe

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The Record Company expanded its horizons with new record, 'Play Loud'

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The World Cafe caught up with Chris Vos and Alex Stiff from the band to talk about the new faces working on their latest album.

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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: The songwriting and production duo you know, but don't

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Jam & Lewis are the duo behind a ton of R&B hits from stars like Usher, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige and more. And boy do they have some stories to tell!

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on World Cafe

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Mickey Guyton Is a Country Artist With a Big Voice and an Even Bigger Message

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In this episode of World Cafe, Mickey Guyton talks about Spotify's role in making her music more visible, women in country music getting "chicked," her debut album, Remember Her Name, and more.

Mickey Guyton on World Cafe

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On 'Star-Crossed,' Kacey Musgraves Embraces Tragedy

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Kacey Musgraves' latest album, Star-Crossed, chronicles the end of a relationship, through divorce and healing.

Kacey Musgraves on World Cafe

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Merry Clayton On 'Beautiful Scars' And A Life Of Singing

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In the late 1960s, Merry Clayton was one of the most sought after backup singers. Her new album, released in April of this year, is called Beautiful Scars.

Merry Clayton on World Cafe

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Reintroducing Matthew E. White, The Musician With A Producer's Brain

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On his latest album, K Bay, the singer-songwriter made music in a variety of studios and used a variety of sonic tricks.

Matthew E. White on World Cafe

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On 'The Roadside,' Billy Idol Reunites With An Old Collaborator

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This month, Billy Idol released The Roadside, a four song EP made with his longtime guitarist and cowriter, Steve Stevens.

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On 'A Southern Gothic,' Adia Victoria Reckons With Her Relationship To The South

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On A Southern Gothic, her third full-length album, Adia Victoria emerges as a songwriter capable of nuance and atmosphere.

Adia Victoria on World Cafe

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On 'Hope Above Adversity,' Dylan Cartlidge Makes Music Like Mantras

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Cartlidge's debut album, Hope Above Adversity, was released in July of this year. It's filled with uplifting anthems that sonically jump from pop, to funk, to hip hop.

Dylan Cartlidge on World Cafe

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Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, Pushing The Blues Into The Modern Era

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On his latest album, 662, the 22-year-old guitar virtuoso expands his sound to incorporate more rock, soul and gospel into his repertoire.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram on World Cafe

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On 'Peacemeal,' Ron Gallo Embraces A Playful Pop Sound

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Ron Gallo's Peacemeal is a warm and playful low-fi pop record, unafraid to be skeptical and insightful.

Ron Gallo on World Cafe

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On 'Release Me 2,' Barbra Streisand Plucks From An Archive Full Of Gems

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In this episode of World Cafe, Barbra Streisand discusses Release Me 2 — a compilation of unreleased and reworked songs — and the funny, surprising stories that surround it.

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On 'Daddy's Home,' St. Vincent Lives Her 1970s New York Fantasy

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In this episode of World Cafe, St. Vincent dives into the personal story and cultural influences behind Daddy's Home.

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On 'Drama,' Rodrigo Amarante Reconsiders Masculinity Through Childhood Memories

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Inspired by a memory of Rodrigo Amarante's father asking the young singer-songwriter — as a child — to cut his hair, Drama is the perfect slice of lush, tropical jazz-inspired pop.

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To Jackson Browne, Songwriting Is A Game Of Revision

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Songwriting is a craft. No one follows through on that promise more than Jackson Browne.

Jackson Browne on World Cafe

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On 'Home Video,' Lucy Dacus Translates Her Life Into Song

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Home Video is a collection of personal moments from Lucy Dacus' life, translated into song by way of her vulnerable, honest lyricism.

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Leslie Jordan Embraces His Newfound Internet Fame With 'Company's Comin''

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The actor's debut album is a collection of hymns, reinterpreted by him and guest artists like Brandi Carlile, Dolly Parton and TJ Osborne.

Leslie Jordan on World Cafe

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Twin Shadow Comes Home For His Latest Sonic Shift

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Exploring the sounds of his youth — with soul and punk music at the core — was exactly what singer-songwriter George Lewis Jr. needed to do.

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