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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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.