This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.
Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.
Jim White, the Southern-born filmmaker turned singer-songwriter turned novelist, has a new album — or at least half of one. Jim now lives in Athens, Ga., where he's become friends with a longtime local bluegrass group, The Packway Handle Band. When they asked him to produce their album, he said yes, but only if he could join the band and have them do some of his tunes. That's where the name of this project, Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band, comes from.
Dom La Nena is our guest today. She is a cello-playing singer-songwriter with a wonderfully soft, melodic style and a beautiful new record called Soyo. Born Dominique Pinto, she is originally from Brazil and traveled at an early age with her father to Paris, where she studied classical cello. She acquired her diminutive nickname as the youngest in her school.
If you're surprised that our World Cafe guest today is Donny Osmond, we can understand. After doing a little research, we decided that this former teen idol, television perennial and middle American mainstay might have some stories to tell.
The numbers say a lot: 100 million albums sold, 33 gold records, including 18 before he was 13 years old.
There is a quote on the website of our World Cafe: Next band this week, Monophonics. It's from Al Bell, the legendary one-time head of Stax Records: "One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen!"
Actually, Al only got it half right. There are many more sides to the Monophonics. They are a psychedelic soul band from the San Francisco Bay Area that draws on many genres from the '60s and '70s, including psychedelic rock.
Of all the styles of Latin music we've been exploring on our Latin Roots Essential series, there are few that are more essential than cumbia. Catalina Maria Johnson from Chicago's Beat Latino is up to the task of exploring this wide-ranging genre. She brings some great musical picks — and she made this extended Spotify playlist for your further enjoyment.