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David Crosby On World Cafe

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On the occasion of his new album, Sky Trails, the legendary singer-songwriter pops in to tell funny stories from across his long career.

David Crosby On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Willie Watson

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As a founder of Old Crow Medicine Show and now in a solo career, he feels his way through America's musical history by sliding an old bottleneck against the strings of his acoustic guitar.

World Cafe Nashville: Willie Watson

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Lost Bayou Ramblers On World Cafe

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Torchbearers of Cajun and Creole music, the Southern Louisiana band brings the sounds of crickets and frogs and the first-ever triangle solo to the show.

Lost Bayou Ramblers On World Cafe

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Steve Winwood On World Cafe

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Hear a chat with the prog-rock architect on his new greatest hits live album.

Steve Winwood On World Cafe

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Los Colognes On World Cafe

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A Nashville band with an exotic European sound plays from its new album, The Wave.

Latin Roots: Los Colognes

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William Patrick Corgan On World Cafe

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As we often learn when we invite famous people in for interviews, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman is not who you may think he is.

William Patrick Corgan On World Cafe

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Chris Forsyth performing live at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. Liz Waldie/WXPN hide caption

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Chris Forsyth On World Cafe

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A live performance from the formidable guitarist and his Solar Motel Band.

Chris Forsyth On World Cafe

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Grandaddy On World Cafe

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The band's first album following a 10-year hiatus features everything that made it great — the meeting of fuzzed-out indie rock and the lo-fi psychedelia of video games.

Grandaddy on World Cafe

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Latin Roots: La Tribu De Abrante

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From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia, hear a live set blending traditional bomba and plena with salsa, Latin jazz and lots of percussion.

Latin Roots: La Tribu De Abrante

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Phoebe Bridgers On World Cafe

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The singer-songwriter possesses one of those voices that can make a rowdy arena crowd go silent — and then leap to its feet.

Phoebe Bridgers On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Cale Tyson

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Talking what it's like to be a working musician in the Music City, why he felt the need to adopt an "American Cowboy" persona for a certain audience and more.

World Cafe Nashville: Cale Tyson

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Robert Plant On World Cafe

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In our interview with Led Zeppelin's lead singer, we talk about the many musical chapters in his life, including his latest album, Carry Fire.

Robert Plant On World Cafe

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Josh Ritter performs live at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert. Recorded live for World Cafe. Liz Waldie/WXPN hide caption

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Josh Ritter On World Cafe

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Listen to the prolific songwriter perform at World Cafe Live and speak with host Talia Schlanger about his latest album, Gathering.

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

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The Afghan Whigs On World Cafe

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The Afghan Whigs' new album, In Spades, explores memory and time, and lead singer Greg Dulli visited World Cafe to reflect on both.

The Afghan Whigs On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Becca Mancari

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Mancari offers stories of wandering and homecoming, colored by a determination to live, artistically, beyond the gender boundaries usually imposed on female artists.

World Cafe Nashville: Becca Mancari

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World Cafe Nashville: David Rawlings

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Listen to a session recorded at Sound Stage Studios with longtime partner Gillian Welch.

World Cafe Nashville: David Rawlings

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Iron & Wine On World Cafe

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Songwriter Sam Beam returns to the Cafe for a solo set in front of a live audience.

Iron & Wine On World Cafe

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Kyle Vanes On World Cafe

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Kyle Vanes, of the band The Dales, says his song "Still the Love" was inspired by finding, and losing, the love of his life, who died of breast cancer in 2015.

Kyle Vanes On World Cafe

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Son Little On World Cafe

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Son Little's new album, New Magic, is bumpy blues meets rooted R&B meets old school nu soul meets... well... magic.

Son Little On World Cafe

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