Bridie Monds-Watson is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland. She just released her debut album as SOAK, titled Before We Forgot How To Dream, which contains songs written when she was as young as 14. Monds-Watson writes forcefully and thoughtfully about topics like divorce and bullying, while wrapping her words in gorgeous arrangements.
Joss Stone's new album, Water For Your Soul, covers a lot of stylistic ground. It started with reggae sessions partly inspired by her work in SuperHeavy with Damian Marley, who helped produce the record.
World Cafe's guest today is a Texas-style, hard-rocking country band. Based in Austin, Crooks formed in 2007 as a duo that played folk and country; in the years that followed, it developed a bolder and louder honky-tonk sound. You can hear that sound on Wildfire, just out, and in this studio session recorded for World Cafe.
Six albums in, World Cafe catches up with the Toronto band The Wooden Sky for this segment. The group, led by singer-songwriter Gavin Gardiner, has a new album called Let's Be Ready. The Wooden Sky describes its own music as "fuzz folk," which you can hear for yourself in the World Cafe: Next podcast, available on the show's Tumblr.
Jonathan Edwards has been standing on stages with his guitar, harmonica and clear voice for 50 years. In this session for World Cafe, he does it again. Edwards' new album, Tomorrow's Child, was recorded in Nashville with help from the likes of Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, but his early work — dating back to 1971 — still rings.
To wrap up World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Stockholm, we talked with the charming Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit in Philadelphia just last week. Sisters Klara and Johanna Soderburg sat down to discuss their impression of Stockholm growing up right outside of it — including early busking excursions to the city to finance new hair color.