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Dylan LeBlanc: Young At Heart

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When he was younger, the Southern singer-songwriter spent more time in recording studios than in school. As this session demonstrates, all that experience paid off. Here, LeBlanc performs folk songs from his debut album, Pauper's Field.

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Dan Mangan On World Cafe

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The Vancouver folk singer is further proof that soft-spoken sincerity can really resonate with listeners. Hear him showcase his songs live in the WXPN studios.

Dan Mangan On World Cafe

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Villagers On World Cafe

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Conor O'Brien initially captured our ears at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Since then, he released his first album as Villagers, Becoming a Jackal. Listen to the Irish songwriter's studio session here.

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The 'Roots And Grooves' Of Haiti's Wind Master

If Wyclef Jean is the best-known Haitian artist in the U.S., then Jowee Omicil would likely qualify as the most eclectic. Omicil's mastery of just about every wind instrument turns his latest album into a musical world journey from Afro-jazz to Haitian kompa to soul.

The 'Roots And Grooves' Of Haiti's Wind Master

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Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz

Country music legend Willie Nelson and jazz guitarist Jackie King join host Marian McPartland for this session from 2002. The "Red-Headed Stranger" brings his country, blues and gospel influences to bear on standards like "The Nearness of You" and Nelson's 1961 hit for Patsy Cline, "Crazy."

Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz

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Clare And The Reasons And Van Dyke Parks On World Cafe

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The charming husband-and-wife led band made a lasting impact with its debut album, thanks in part to producer and arranger Van Dyke Parks. The clever and whimsical work still holds strong a year after its release.  Hear both acts perform live and talk about their work and collaborations.

Clare And The Reasons And Van Dyke Parks On World Cafe

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Herbie Hancock On World Cafe

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The legendary jazz pianist has produced chart-topping and award-winning albums throughout his career. His latest album is an ambitious combination of film and music, full of exciting collaborations. Hear songs from the new album performed live in the WXPN studios of Philadelphia.

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Ryan Montbleau Band: Night After Night

The singer-songwriter and his sextet are based in Boston, but they doesn't spend a lot of time there: They play around 200 nights a year. The band stopped by NPR headquarters to explain its hectic schedule and perform music from its new album.

Ryan Montbleau Band: Night After Night

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Lost In The Trees On World Cafe

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The orchestral folk collective exploded on to the scene this year with All Alone in an Empty House. Band leader Ari Picker's arrangements harness the dramatic power of the band's blend of classical and folk music.  Hear songs from the album and an interview with Picker.

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The Fresh Air Interview: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

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Rowan got his start performing with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. In the '70s, he formed the band Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia. Now, he joins his group for an in-studio session and interview on Fresh Air.

The Fresh Air Interview: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

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Matt Costa On World Cafe

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The California folk charmer shifts his style on his latest release, the psychedelic Mobile Chateau. Hear the singer-songwriter perform songs from the album on the World Cafe Live stage at WXPN in Philadelphia.

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Irma Thomas: She Sings The Songs

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Thomas, one of NPR's 50 Great Voices, truly is Crescent City royalty. Listen to the New Orleans singer perform on Jazz24 and discuss her beloved hometown with host Nick Morrison.

Irma Thomas In Studio on Jazz24

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Suzanne Vega On World Cafe

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The folk-pop singer's career stretches across two decades and the staying power to last a couple more. Hear her perform songs from the latest installment if her Close-Up series, live.

Suzanne Vega On World Cafe

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Stars On World Cafe

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The Canadian indie rockers have a unique and enchanting sound. Three years in the making, their latest album is filled with a sense of haunting mystery. Hear Stars perform songs from the album live.

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Milt Hinton On Piano Jazz

The legendary bass player, often credited with bridging the gap from swing to modern jazz, joins host Marian McPartland for "How High the Moon" in this 1991 episode.