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Spottiswoode and His Enemies is a New York-based band fronted by Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode. Their latest release, Building a Road, is a fun and lightheartedly eclectic set of blues, folk, and rock that incorporates elements normally associated with jazz and big-band music.
Spottiswoode & His Enemies in-studio on World Cafe - 09/28/2005
British singer-songwriter James Blunt stops by to perform music drawn from his debut album, Back to Bedlam. Before venturing into the music industry, Blunt served a four-year stint in the British Army, where he spent time in war-torn Kosovo.
David Gray's new album, Life In Slow Motion, is the product of two years of work to evolve as a songwriter. The new release has been described by Gray himself as "the tip of an iceberg" of musical stores built up over time.
Hurricane Katrina scattered New Orleans musicians — leaving many without home or income. A few players from the Crescent City, including Rock and Roll Hall of famer Allan Toussaint, perform live in NPR's Washington, D.C. studios.
Roots-rock legends Son Volt are back with their first release in seven years. Okemah and the Melody of Riot features some of the finest songs of frontman Jay Farrar's career, bringing to mind some of the greatest recorded moments of Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
As the nation witnesses the trials of New Orleans, World Cafe offers a show dedicated to the music of Louisiana and Mississippi. David Dye has a classic session with New Orleans icon Dr. John, focusing on the lasting music and culture of the Big Easy.
Missy Higgins is a singer and songwriter from Melbourne who has been winning fans in the United States and beyond. Discovered in 2001 as she won an unsigned-artist competition, Higgins' song "All for Believing" became a sensation.
Missy Higgins in-studio on World Cafe - 09/13/2005
Aimee Mann's latest release, The Forgotten Arm, is a concept album that eloquently tells the story of an addicted boxer and love gone wrong. Her single "Going Through The Motions" has already become a 'World Café favorite.
West Indian Girl is a Los Angles-based band that takes its name from an infamous strain of LSD — one with a reputation for inducing tribal hallucinations. Live or on tape, the musicians do their best to live up the moniker.
West Indian Girl in-studio on World Cafe - 09/08/2005
Shannon McNally is a singer-songwriter out of New York who styles her songs in the folk tradition with influences that include Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and John Steinbeck. Her latest album, Geronimo, features a set of country, blues, and soulful songs.
Shannon McNally in-studio on World Cafe - 09/07/2005
In 2001, when Shelby Lynne won the Grammy for Best New Artist for her album I Am Shelby Lynne, she had actually already recorded six albums. Throughout her stellar career, Lynne has re-invented her music — as she has done on her latest self-produced album, Suit Yourself.
Richard Thompson grew up in post-war Britain, listening to Les Paul and Django Reinhardt. Known for his exceptional guitar work, Thompson's latest release, Front Parlour Ballads, is his first solo acoustic album in more than 20 years.
Richard Thompson in concert on World Cafe Live - 08/12/2005