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Encore Week: Celebrating 2017's Studio Sessions

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Listen back to some of the best World Cafe interviews and performances of the past year, including Robert Plant, John Mayer, Hurray For The Riff Raff and many more.

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Priscilla Presley Remembers Christmas With Elvis

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From the first gifts they ever exchanged to their tree-trimming traditions at Graceland, hear heartwarming holiday stories and music from Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Priscilla Presley On World Cafe

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Jidenna On World Cafe

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The star quality you can't really describe but it's just there? He's got it.

Jidenna On World Cafe

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Curtis Harding On World Cafe

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The young Atlanta-based artist has an old soul — key word, "soul." Hear a performance of songs from his new album, Face Your Fear.

Curtis Harding On World Cafe

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Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real On World Cafe

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From Willie Nelson's band to touring with Neil Young, here comes a new generation carrying the country-rock torch.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real On World Cafe

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Michael McDonald On World Cafe

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Wide Open gets pretty personal, and so did our conversation. McDonald discusses the reality of being a musician in his sixties and what he calls his "first big hurt" (and no, it's not a romantic one).

Michael McDonald On World Cafe

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Emily Haines On World Cafe

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Metric's lead singer drops the wailing guitars and radical synths for a solo performance behind the piano.

Emily Haines On World Cafe

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Rag'n'Bone Man On World Cafe

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When Rory Graham was 19 or 20 years old, he sang in public for the first time. And he didn't really think there was anything special about his voice. Turns out the world disagrees.

Rag 'N' Bone Man On World Cafe

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JD McPherson On World Cafe

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The Oklahoman who made retro rock sound modern with "North Side Gal" is back with a new album and home base in Nashville.

JD McPherson On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Penny & Sparrow

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Kyle Jahnke and Andy Baxter are pin-drop performers — the kind which silence rooms with impeccable songs and storytelling that unfolds like a dream.

World Cafe Nashville: Penny & Sparrow

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