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The 10 Standout World Cafe Sessions Of 2019 (So Far)

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Some say the glass of 2019 is half empty; others say it's half full. We say, "Wow, we've had some incredible artists perform so far this year."

Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

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Ben Dickey Lives On The 'Outskirts' And Takes A Star-Making Turn

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The roots singer-songwriter shares songs from his latest album, A Glimmer On The Outskirts and how he ended up starring in a biopic directed by Ethan Hawke.

Ben Dickey On World Cafe

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Johnathan Rice's 'The Long Game' Is Not Quite A Breakup Record

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Though it serves as a partial reflection on his relationship with Jenny Lewis, there's more to Rice's latest album.

Johnathan Rice On World Cafe

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Willie Nelson On Cowboys, 'Crazy' and CBD-Infused Coffee

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It's been about a year since World Cafe caught up with Willie, and he's been busy!

Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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The Cactus Blossoms Go From A Fictional Bar To The Studio With Dan Auerbach

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Page Burkum and Jack Torrey's sibling harmonies have caught the attention of producers and music fans alike.

The Cactus Blossoms On World Cafe

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Greensky Bluegrass Mix The Energy Of Stadium Rock With The Spirit Of Jam Bands

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The band dropped by to bring the feel of a midsummer music festival to World Cafe.

Greensky Bluegrass On World Cafe

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Worlds Colliding: Rhiannon Giddens And Francesco Turrisi

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Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi found common ground in their quests to dispel false cultural narratives and turned it into gorgeous music on there is no Other.

Rhiannon Giddens On World Cafe

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Ace Of Cups' Endless Summer Of Love

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More than 50 years after getting together in the late 1960s, the all-female rock band released its full-length debut studio album this past November.

Ace Of Cups On World Cafe

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Hayes Carll Tells Stories That Reflect The World Around Him

Early on Carll focused more on telling other people's stories than his own. Now, he has a sweet collection of new songs called What It Is where he tells his own.

Hayes Carll On World Cafe

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Lizzo Is In The Eye Of A Superstar Storm

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Lizzo is a singer, writer, rapper, producer and classically trained flutist who has been working towards her incredible, star-making moment for a long time.

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The National's Latest Project Might Be Its Most Ambitious Yet

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I Am Easy To Find isn't just the band's latest album title, but that of a short film too.

The National On World Cafe

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Norah Jones Turns Fame Into Freedom

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For her latest release, Begin Again, Jones ditched the album format in favor of a collection of seven singles that would allow her to sprawl out musically.

Norah Jones On World Cafe

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From Bluegrass To Newgrass: The Story Of Sam Bush

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Bush drops by to reflect on mashing the improvisational spirit of jazz, the late-night sprawling sensibilities of jam bands and even the influence of reggae on bluegrass and country.

Sam Bush On World Cafe

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Ryan Bingham's Rugged And Raw 'American Love Song'

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Bingham shares stories and performs live, offering reflections on the state of the world and his own personal history.

Ryan Bingham On World Cafe

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'Echo In The Canyon' Celebrates The Exchange Of Ideas That Has Reverberated Over Time

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Jakob Dylan, Cat Power and Jade Castrinos perform songs from the new music documentary and concert film Echo In The Canyon.

Echo In The Canyon On World Cafe

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