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For Toussaint, 'Our New Orleans' Lives On

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For a time, legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint was missing during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since his recovery, the songwriter has been on a mission to play and record music honoring his city — and helping it rebuild.

Allen Toussaint in Studio on World Cafe - 02/28/2006

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Derek Trucks Band, Singing the World Alive

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Derek Trucks has been playing guitar since he was 9. Now his innovative style shows influences from Buddy Guy to John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. His band's new album, Songlines, relates to a belief among Australian aborigines that things are sung into existence.

Derek Trucks Band in Studio on World Cafe - 02/23/2006

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From Brazil, Nacao Zumbi Mixes the Beats

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Brazilian group Nacao Zumbi present a modern blend of their country's musical heritage with the global sounds of funk, punk and hip-hop that are seeping into their country's popular culture. the band counts such diverse tastemakers as David Byrne, Asian Dub Foundation and Goldie as fans

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Dion Rediscovers the Blues on 'Bronx'

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As a teen idol, Dion rose to fame in the late 1950s and early '60s. Considered a doo-wop pioneer, the voice behind classics like "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue" is crooning the blues. With Bronx in Blue, Dion revisits his roots.

Dion in Studio on World Cafe - 01/31/2006

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'Stoned' and Soulful: Lewis Taylor

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The British multi-instrumentalist Lewis Taylor is putting his own, very personal mark on neo-soul. Taylor plays all the instruments on Stoned, his first U.S. release, in addition to producing the record himself.

Lewis Taylor in Studio on World Cafe - 02/16/2006

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The Avett Brothers: 'Four Thieves Gone'

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As a band, the Avett Brothers hasn't been around for long. But for brothers Scott and Seth Avett, the project has been a long time coming. From the group's earliest days in 1998, when Scott Avett started playing on porches and sidewalks with friends, their approach to country and bluegrass has continued to evolve.

The Avett Brothers in Studio on World Cafe - 02/15/2006

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Marah Breaking Out

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Dave and Serge Bielanko are looking for a breakout. Their band, Marah, may find it with the CD If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry. The band's ability to tell stories spawned on the grimy streets of New York has drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen's approach to New Jersey.

Marah in Studio on World Cafe - 02/13/2006

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James Hunter and the Return of Analog Soul

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James Hunter's music harkens back to the days of classic 1950s and early '60s R&B, with infectious vocal and guitar performances, clever songwriting and tight horn arrangements. His latest album, People Gonna Talk, is Hunter's first to be released in America.

James Hunter in Studio on World Cafe - 02/13/2006

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Hick, Hip, Hop: Slo-Mo Blends Styles

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The new album My Buzz Comes Back features the distinctive combination of rap, techno, and slide guitar that has made Slo-Mo a fan favorite. With Mike Brenner on lap steel and the rapper Mic Wrecka doling out lyrics, Slo-Mo may never go away.

Slo-Mo in Studio on World Cafe - 02/09/2006

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KT Tunstall: Greater Than the Sum of Her Sounds

KT Tunstall is a one-woman band, literally. She plays and sings the multiple parts of her songs while using a machine to loop them in real time, making for a performance style that lends her songs an extra rawness.

KT Tunstall: Greater Than the Sum of Her Sounds

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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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