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As a teenager, the singer-songwriter was already touring the world with his rock band. His new album takes him back to before then, when country music blasted out of Texas radio stations. He performs a solo acoustic set in NPR's Studio 4A.
The pianist was a young artist on the rise when he first appeared on Piano Jazz in 1993. He's now known for his blend of chamber-music instrumentation and small-group jazz interplay. In this performance, Childs goes back to his jazz roots.
Two years ago, the Brooklyn-based pianist launched her career with a top-selling Bach CD. In the Performance Today studios, she presents more from the master, as well as a new set of variations on a Bach melody.
Hear Dinnerstein Play Bach In The 'Performance Today' Studio
Spacey and adventurous, this duo from Copenhagen experiments with funk, folk, soul and '60s psychedelia. Its album Fruit has yet to be released, but the band has already enjoyed considerable success opening for Amy Winehouse. Hear the duo perform a session on World Cafe.
Is it possible to feel sad listening to El Guincho? On a cold winter day in Seattle, when Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) brought his Tropicalia-inspired rhythms to KEXP, it was as if the studio had been transformed into a warm beach in his native Canary Islands.
The soulful pop singer was working as a waitress at the start of 2008, but it didn't take her long to grab a spot as the opening act for Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T-Bone Burnett on their Raising Sand tour. Though she might be called an overnight sensation, Little has been honing her bluesy, jazzy style for years.
At 15, Trucks formed the Derek Trucks Band. Six albums later, the group is still jamming out blues- and soul-inspired rock. In this studio session, host David Dye chats with Trucks and special guest Susan Tedeschi about his new album, Already Free.
A winter chill in New York City couldn't temper the genre-blending group's mellow attitude and natural charisma. In a recent trip to WFUV's studios, activist and frontman Franti led his band into an interview and studio performance.
Often compared to The Flaming Lips and Pavement for its complex indie-pop sound, The Spinto Band draws from the music of Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and many other acts with Bs in their names. Its latest album is Moonwink.
The Irish rock band Bell X-1 has just returned with a new album of catchy pop and electronica, Blue Lights on the Runway. It's also back on World Cafe for a special session with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite.
To mark the Feb. 17 release of his new record, Hold Time, singer-guitarist M. Ward gives a special solo performance. Hear selections from the new album, recorded live from the studios of WNYC in New York. The acoustic performance includes an interview with M. Ward as he takes questions from listeners, WNYC's Alana Harper and All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
O'Brien is a folksinger who isn't afraid to stray from tradition now and again. From his days in Hot Rize until now, he's become a force in roots music as a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and more. Here, he shares music from his latest, Chameleon, in a session from Folk Alley.
She's best known for her original songwriting, but her cool, insinuating delivery is perfect for classics, too. She visits NPR's Studio 4A for a performance from her latest album, The Cole Porter Mix — plus a certain Valentine's Day standard.