Studio Sessions Musicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.

Studio Sessions

The Magic Numbers Spread the Love

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The Magic Numbers are a quartet of two pairs of brothers and sisters from Britain. Their self-titled debut showcases a delightful mix of musical inspirations ranging from '60s harmony groups, epic rock and singer-songwriters like Dylan and Cohen.

The Magic Numbers in Studio on World Cafe - 01/30/2006

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KT Tunstall: Taking the Long View

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The Scottish singer KT Tunstall writes songs that are earthy and quirky in equal parts. Her dynamic live performances and emotional connectivity distinguish her from other singer/songwriters.

KT Tunstall: Taking the Long View

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Delbert McClinton, Just 'Living' in Music

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Delbert McClinton began his career in the late 50s, honing his harmonica skills in the blues clubs of Texas. He has played with legends, from Sonny Boy Williamson to Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin' Hopkins. A well-respected performer, McClinton's latest, Cost of Living, is up for two Grammy Awards.

Delbert McClinton in Studio on World Cafe - 01/26/2006

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Marty Stuart Finds His Way Back

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Marty Stuart has a handful of new albums that celebrate American roots music. Soul's Chapel is based on gospel; Badlands is an homage to the Lakota tribe; and Live at the Ryman focuses on bluegrass.

Marty Stuart in Studio on World Cafe - 01/24/2006

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Country-Fried Rock from Southern Culture

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The new CD from Southern Culture on the Skids continues their string of party albums — by adding a California twist. Mojo Box includes a tribute to late guitar wild-man Hasil Adkins.

Southern Culture on the Skids in Studio on World Cafe - 01/20/2006

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Steve Kimock Improvises on the Fly — and On CD

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In the world of jam-band music, Steve Kimock is a legend — no less than Jerry Garcia has sung his praises. His band's first studio CD, Eudemonic, highlights Kimock's unique improvisational guitar style.

Steve Kimock in Studio on World Cafe - 01/18/2006

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Ben Taylor the Son, 'Around the Sun'

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A main challenge facing young artists is what Harold Bloom called "the anxiety of influence." Imagine, then, that you're a singer who writes understated, melodic songs — and your parents are Carly Simon and James Taylor. That's the dilemma Ben Taylor faced when embarking on his own career.

Ben Taylor in Studio on World Cafe - 01/17/2006

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Billy Childs and the Lush Jazz of 'Lyric'

Pianist Billy Childs' new CD is nominated for a Grammy as Best Jazz Instrumental Album. He visits NPR's Studio 4A, where he tells Liane Hansen about his "jazz-chamber music" and performs selections from Lyric.

Billy Childs and the Lush Jazz of 'Lyric'

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King Britt Marks a Big Year

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Former Digable Planets DJ King Britt has recently released three new albums, including King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan, a groovy remix of archival gospel music.

King Britt in Studio on World Cafe - 01/13/2006

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Frisco 'Howl'

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's new album, Howl, unveils a new blues, country and gospel-inspired sound. The mostly acoustic songs on the record, tinged with Americana, are an intriguing departure from the California band's trademark dirty rock sound.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in Studio on World Cafe - 01/12/2006

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Makeshift and Polished: Konono No. 1

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Konono No.1 is a 12-piece group hailing from Kinshasa, Congo. The band's debut album, Congotronics, introduces the world to their unique sound. That sound has been honed by years of performance, mostly in Kinshasa's outdoor cafes.

Makeshift and Polished: Konono No. 1

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'In the Cool' with Pieta Brown

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The daughter of legendary folk songwriter Greg Brown is a gifted musician in her own right, as she has proved on her self-titled debut, which drew comparisons to the Carter Family and Tom Waits.

Pieta Brown in Studio on World Cafe - 01/10/2006

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Echo and the Bunnymen Recapture a Sound

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Seminal British post-punk band Echo and the Bunnymen are back with a new album called Siberia. The trio's new album is further evidence of their enduring talent and a solid return to their classic sound.

Echo and the Bunnymen in Studio on World Cafe - 01/05/2006

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Stocked with Sound: Lake Trout

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Baltimore-based Lake Trout have crafted a unique sound based on diverse influences from a wide range of musical genres. Their new album Not Them, You, contains a mix of rock guitars, orchestral suites — and even a Rolling Stones cover.

Lake Trout in Studio on World Cafe - 01/04/2006

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