Sean Knight

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“I look like an insider because of everything I’ve done but I always felt like an outsider,” Darrell Scott says. “And that’s important – to be an outsider.” He’s also a master. Witness his ability to make just about any instrument talk, listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen.

Beyoncé's sixth album loomed once "Formation" and its video were issued ahead of the superstar's Super Bowl 50 half-time performance. Two months and a couple weeks later, it appeared as a culturally seismic visual album. Loaded with layers of meaning and references, and experienced en masse through its televised premiere, Lemonade honored black sisterhood with the presence of Warsan Shire, Serena Williams, and the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner.

The 39th studio album from the late R&B/soul/rock icon. Hit n Run Phase Two is the follow up album to the fan favorite Hit n Run Phase One, which was released in September 2015. A few of the tracks – ‘Baltimore’, ‘RocknRoll Love Affiar’, ‘Xtraloveable’, ‘Groovy Potential’, and ‘Screwdriver’ – had been released online over the past few years in different forms but have been overdubbed or reworked for this release. 

This album from Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble will surprise and delight with imaginative sounds that transform the traditional musical landscape. Sing Me Home is the sixth album by the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble and it’s founding member and guiding light, Yo-Yo Ma. The album features special guest performers Rhiannon Giddens, Sarah Jarosz, Abagail Washburn, Gregory Porter, Lisa Fischer, Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell and more.

The 23rd studio album by Santana and the fourth album by almost the entire Woodstock-era classic lineup. The album reunites the early 1970s classic lineup of Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve and marks the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the quintet has recorded together. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.

It took four years for The Lumineers to follow up their platinum-plus self-titled debut – which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 – but Cleopatra is well worth the wait. During that time, The Lumineers – whose original members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites founded the band in Ramsey, New Jersey back in 2002 – earned a pair of Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Best Americana Album). Cleopatra proves Schultz and Fraites – along with cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek- are neither taking their good fortune for granted, nor sitting back on their laurels.

The alt-rock band’s 10th studio album. The first track from the highly anticipated album, “Thank God For Girls” (“insanely catchy new single”-NPR), has charted across multiple genres. Rivers Cuomo described this release as a “beach album”, based on his experiences ” hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4 mile radius, seeing other bands, the kids from La Sera.” Cuomo specifically used Tinder to meet people for song ideas.

This week from the Test Kitchen, we investigate the legitimacy of Farm to Table. We speak to Laura Reiley, food critic for the Tampa Bay Times. Reiley spent two months working on an investigative series on "farm to table" claims at Florida restaurants and found that some claims were misleading, and some were simply bogus. We find out what this means for the movement nationally and how you can determine which claims are real. We'll taste supermarket olive oil, and we'll learn what's hot and what's not in the world of kitchen gadgets.

This week on Beale Street Caravan, the rock n roll circus known as Low Cut Connie comes to town bringing a Memphis-inspired house party with them. We sit down with frontman Adam Weiner in the second-half of the program and talk about his unique ties to the city. The band is touring hard behind the US release of their third album, Hi Honey. Beale Street Caravan contributor John Paul Keith will also be joining us to continue his series, "Made In Memphis".

World Cafe this week: 

Monday, May 16: David Dye returns to his 2013 conversation with Brooklyn bhangra group, Red Baraat, on this edition of the Vintage Cafe.

Tuesday, May 17: Singer-songwriters, Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones make you think of The Everly Brothers on their first collaborative album, Little Windows.

Wednesday, May 18: The Catastrophist is the seventh studio album from post-rock group, Tortoise.

  Bob Mould reconnected with his essential primal roar on 2012's Silver Age, embracing the endless possibilities of a power trio thanks to his allegiance with drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy.

  Fate has a way of putting things into an interesting context. When it was announced that Iggy Popwould be collaborating with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the music press buzzed with anticipation about the project.

  Jeff Buckley recorded the ten tracks that comprise the 2016 compilation You and I in February 1993, roughly four months after he signed to Columbia Records.

  Full Circle is no accidental title for this, Loretta Lynn's first album after a 12-year break.

  Listening through Dig in DeepBonnie Raitt's 20th album, the entire arc of her career becomes clear. In the early '70s she insisted on recording live in the studio with her road band.

  Centered on the warm, highly resonant vocals of Rachael Price, Boston's Lake Street Dive began their career as an eclectic, adventurous quartet just as likely to play a twangy, Fleetwood Mac song or a Hall & Oates cover as any of t

  The last two Vince Gill albums celebrated their intentions within their titles: 2011's Guitar Slinger found plenty of space for his six-string prowess and his 2013 duet LP with Paul Franklin was a valentine to Bakersfield country. 

This week on World Cafe...

Monday, May 9
A Vintage Cafe that recalls a 2013 session with Michael Nesmith of The Monkees, who are set to release their  first album in two decades, Good Times!.

Tuesday, May 10
Legendary guitarist, Carlos Santana, returns with a new album, Santana IV, featuring the reunion of his band’s original line-up from Woodstock.

First up this week we head to the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic and hear from the legendary Rising Star Fife and Drum Band led by Sarde Thomas - the granddaughter of Otha Turner. Then we go to the front porch of Shangri-La Records in Midtown Memphis to listen to the ancient, gospel tradition of Daptone Records recording artists, The Walker Family Singers, from Como, Mississippi.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Benmont Tench. You may not have heard of him, but chances are, you have heard him. He's best known as the keyboard player and founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. As a sought-after session musician, he's played on tracks by artists as varied as Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, and the Rolling Stones.



Monday, March 28:  This episode of the World Cafe begins a week of the special series, Sense of Place, and this time around the focus is on Asheville, North Carolina. Hear the talents of the Asheville-based folk quartet, River Whyless.

When and Where to see and hear great LOCAL music in and around Sonoma County!

Kyle's Calendar - where and when to see and hear great local music in Sonoma County! 

We talk to three soul singers from the formative era of the mid 1950s through Motown of the late 60s, and an all-female New Orleans brass band. Justine "Baby" Washington talks about growing up in Harlem and her hits “The Times,” “Nobody Cares,” and “That's How Heartaches Are Made.” Maxine Brown started as teenager in NYC singing with gospel groups. By 1960 she penned the hit, "All in My Mind," and would later have hits with "Oh No Not My Baby" and a duet with Chuck Jackson on "Something You Got." Chris Clark is a rare white soul singer who recorded for Detroit's Motown Records.

When and where to see and hear great LOCAL music in the North Bay!

What's coming up on World Cafe this week:

Tuesday, February 16. New Kingdom is the sophomore release from Lafayette band, GIVERS.

Wednesday, February 17. Chris Isaak recalls the golden age of rock on his latest release, First Comes the Night.

Thursday, February 18. On this Latin Roots edition of the World Cafe, host David Dye explores L.A. group, Buyepongo.

What allows us to endure our darkest moments? What does it take to show resilience in the face of adversity? In this hour, TED speakers explore the outer limits of inner strength. 1)  Explorer Ben Saunders is the first person to finish the perilous trek from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. He describes what he had to endure in order to survive the journey. 2) Humanitarian Zainab Salbi explains how life continues in the midst of war -- and how the ones who "keep life going" are women.

While they don't all have blue-eyes, the white soul and swamp pop guys and gals from Philadelphia and South Louisiana have created distinctive regional sounds of national significance. In Philadelphia, we sample soul roots of the famed band Hall & Oates; and learn from John Oates that -- despite years of pop music, big hair and synthesizers-- at heart he is also a folkie into to country blues and flat-picked guitar a la Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt… which he plays live for us!

Celebrate the many types of love with this coming week's Love Songs Valentine's Day Special on Women In Music with Laney Goodman. On this coming week's show, you'll hear the music of Karen Savoca, Jane Siberry, Arianne Lydon, Janis Ian, MeShell N'degeocello, and Liz Wright, just to name a few. Celebrate Valentine's Day this coming week with Women In Music with Laney Goodman.

February 9th, 2016 @ 7 pm: 

"Something Incompletely Inconvenienced"