World Cafe

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From live in-studio performances and interviews with top musicians to new and undiscovered artists from around the globe –World Cafe is the place to hear contemporary popular music!

For every country star and insurgent new sensation, Nashville boasts a dozen musicians who've perfected their art over many years. Tomi Lunsford is one such exceptional, undersung talent. She hails from a prestigious family — her great-uncle was the revered folklorist and songwriter Bascom Lamar Lunsford, and her father, fiddler Jim Lunsford, played with the likes of Roy Acuff and Bob Wills. Tomi herself began singing professionally as a teen with Jim and her harmonizing sisters.

World Cafe Next: The Mystery Lights

Jun 20, 2016

Daptone Records, known for recording blues, R&B and funk artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, has entered into the world of rock music with a new offshoot: Wick Records. Wick's label debut, from Queens-based garage-rock band The Mystery Lights, definitely sets the standard.

Mudcrutch On World Cafe

Jun 17, 2016

In 1970, five guys — Tom Petty, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench — formed a band, moved from Florida to Hollywood, made a single and broke up. If it hadn't been for Petty holding onto Campbell and Tench as part of The Heartbreakers, that original band, Mudcrutch, might have never come back together — but in 2007, they did just that to make a new record.

Karl Blau On World Cafe

Jun 16, 2016

Introducing Karl Blau is an interesting title for the singer-songwriter's latest album, seeing as he's been releasing music since 1997 on his own labels. Producer Tucker Martine gave him the idea to record an album of country covers after Blau worked with Martine's wife, Laura Veirs. In this session, Martine and Blau join forces to play three songs from that album live for World Cafe.

The Last Shadow Puppets On World Cafe

Jun 15, 2016

The Last Shadow Puppets is the work of two British rock stars, Alex Turner and Miles Kane, who met when Kane's band The Little Flames toured with Turner's Arctic Monkeys. In 2008, Turner and Kane released The Age Of The Understatement, their first album as The Last Shadow Puppets, to a very appreciative response — but they didn't find time to make another until Arctic Monkeys went on hiatus in 2014.

Vetiver On World Cafe

Jun 14, 2016

The freak-folk band Vetiver is the work of Andy Cabic, who convened the band in 2002. Today, Cabic and his current group of touring musicians join World Cafe to perform music from the sixth Vetiver album, Complete Strangers, which was produced by Thom Monahan and incorporates synthesizers into the band's typical acoustic sound.

Nashville may be famous as the country music capital, but it's also a great rock 'n' roll town. In recent years, the city's spawned a new generation of joyfully ragged garage-punk purveyors, currently represented on the national scene by enduring bands like Jeff the Brotherhood and newer ones like Bully. Thelma and the Sleaze's Lauren Gilbert, who goes by the initials LG, has been part of that community since moving to Nashville from Iowa to study audio engineering.

World Cafe Next: Psychic Ills

Jun 13, 2016

At its heart, Psychic Ills is the duo of singer and guitarist Tres Warren and bassist Elizabeth Hart. The New York City band has covered a lot of musical ground in its career, which is certainly evident in its fine new album Inner Journey Out. Country, blues, gospel and jazz are all handled extremely well on this album. In this segment, hear "I Don't Mind," featuring Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval on vocals, along with the gospel-inflected song "Another Change."

White Denim On World Cafe

Jun 10, 2016

White Denim's new album, Stiff, takes the Austin band back to the frenetic guitar-rock sound of its earlier days. World Cafe last caught up with the band after it released its 2013 album Corsicana Lemonade, which was partially recorded with producer Jeff Tweedy in Wilco's studio space in Chicago.

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