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Here is what's happening on World Cafe for the week of September 18th through the 22nd:  
 

Monday, September 18, 2017  

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy produced Joan Shelly's latest album.  It was recorded at Wilco's loft in Chicago with Tweedy's son Spencer playing drums on some of the tracks.  On the next World Cafe Shelley talks with David Dye and we hear live sets from Shelley, Canadian duo Whitehorse, and New York rockers The National Reserve, recorded at the 56th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival.  

 

This week on This American Life: "One Last Thing Before I Go"  

 Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.  

Hear This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91! 
 

Monday, September 11, 2017  

Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, modern-day bluesman Selwyn Birchwood got his big break after a high school friend arranged for him to meet blues singer and lap steel player Sonny Rhodes.  After hearing Birchwood play, Rhodes told him "I'm gonna take you on the road with me."  Birchwood now fronts his own band.  They perform songs off of their latest album, Pick Your Poison.  

 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017  

In this week’s installment of eTown, singer/songwriter and avid surfer Jack Johnson makes a triumphant return to eTown to share some of his latest music in front of the intimate audience at eTown’s solar-powered performance space – eTown Hall.

Tune in and rock the blues with two guitar men who do it with great authority. First up is Arkansas wild man and original Sun Records rockabilly Sonny Burgess who tore it up, playing his hits "We Wanna Boogie," "Red-Headed Woman" and others well into his eighties, before passing away last month. And hear a live set from the late great New Orleans bluesman and human jukebox Snooks Eaglin, recorded in 2007 at his home base, the famous Rock 'N' Bowl nightclub, where one can do either of those, or both, at the same time.

This week, eTown welcomes legendary Grammy Award-winning country singer/songwriter Marty Stuart, along with his virtuosic band – The Fabulous Superlatives. Marty shares lots of music from his group’s latest release, Way Out West, as well as insightful conversation about his storied career as a recording artist, television personality and one time son-in-law to Johnny Cash.

Historical fiction radiates into the present with two novels featured on A Novel Idea. Join Suzanne M. Lang in conversations with Susan Sherman on her novel about mystics and Marie Curie, If You Are There and David Boling, whose novel is The Lost History of Stars, set during brutal Boar Wars in South Africa and told through the experiences of a fourteen year-old girl.  
 

Hear A Novel Idea, Sunday September 3rd at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

This week’s episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce marks the show’s first trip to the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You’ll hear a set from respected singers and songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, whose latest album celebrates the wide-open romance of the American railroad. You’ll also hear from acoustic folk-blues master Chris Smither, newcomer Kia Kater, atmospheric chamber folk from LAU, and Houston-based singer-songwriter Robert Ellis.  

Hear Mountain Stage every Saturday at 12:00 pm noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

 

For Labor Day weekend, we take a break from the grind with a sonic salute to the heroic “Factory Girl” and those all too familiar with the “Workin' Man Blues.” We explore the pains and joys of labor with tunes about coal miners, undertakers, chain gangs, and paydays. We hear a tribute to Cesar Chavez and the 1969 farm workers strike in Delano, CA. And we time travel with Lord Invader to 1940s Brooklyn to attend the West Indian Labor Day Carnival.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Dan Navarro. Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick and many more. In the 1990s, Dan recorded and toured with Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit.

In HOUR ONE of Folk Alley, new music from Ben Sollee, Jason Wilber, David Rawlings, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer; we'll feature songs to help heal the divide with Martin Sexton, Mavis Staples, North Mississippi Allstars; an exclusive in-studio session from the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival with Texas songwriter - Robert Ellis; plus favorites from Red Horse, The Sparrow Quartet, The Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, and many more.

This week's episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce features the return of finest folk rock duo in the land, The Indigo Girls. And Wynonna Judd makes her first ever appearance on the show, winning over new fans in seconds with her band Wynonna and the Big Noise. Female roots rock troubadour Lydia Loveless also makes her Mountain Stage debut, and you'll also hear a set by singer, songwriter and guitar hero Patty Larkin.

 They're all in live performance on MOUNTAIN STAGE, Saturday August 26th at 12:00 noon, here on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he's able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can't.  

Hear this episode of This American Life Friday night at 7:00 pm, and repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This week on American Routes, we’ll ride along with fiddler and singer Alison Krauss on her journey through bluegrass and country, from small-town Illinois all the way to Nashville. Then it's Hurray for the Riff Raff, a New Orleans folk band fronted by Alynda Segarra, whose roots are in the Bronx. Segarra tells of her own time traveling as a teenager and what has inspired her to reconnect with her Puerto Rican heritage. En route we’ll hear tunes from Chuck Berry, Bob Wills, Nina Simone and Tom Waits.  

Here are the artists to listen for this week on World Cafe:  

Monday, August 21, 2017  

Before they had record deals, Jay-Z, DMX, Busta Rhymes and hundreds of others performed on an overnight college-radio show in New York.  The hosts of that show are back with a new NPR podcast, What's Good with Stretch and Bobbito.  Stretch & Bobbito on the next World Cafe.   
 

Tuesday August 22, 2017: 

This week on This American Life:  

One of our producers, Neil Drumming, has recently become fascinated with Afrofuturism. It's more than sci-fi. It’s a way of looking at black culture that’s fantastic, creative, and oddly hopeful—which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism.  

Listen to This American Life Friday nights at 7:00 pm, and repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts of Plainsong. Plainsong was a British folk-rock band, formed in early 1972 by Iain Matthews (formerly of Fairport Convention), Andy Roberts and 2 others. The original group split up before the end of that same year. Some eighteen years later, Andy encountered Iain when he was performing in a pub in Brighton, and the two decided to revive Plainsong. In 2014 they recorded some songs of Richard Farina, to mark the approaching 50th anniversary of his death.

Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy tells of the impact on his songs of growing up in the blue-collar town, Belleville, Illinois.  Music became his creative outlet in high school and lead to founding the seminal Americana band, Uncle Tupelo. We hear from Jeff in his Chicago studio "The Loft" about the emergence of Wilco and the place that making music has in his life, including work with Woody Guthrie’s lyrics and producing records with Mavis Staples. 

Here is this week's World Café line-up:  

 

Monday, July 31, 2017  

Philadelphia's Sheer Mag emerged from a grungy residence called "The Nuthouse" and built a rabid fanbase by playing arena-sized '70s rock to small crowded rooms. They visit World Cafe to share some stories of their gritty DIY beginnings and to perform tracks off their debut full length album, Need To Feel Your Love.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017  
 

  

  

  

  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Austin based Sweet Spirit, is punchy, powerhouse party band. Their raucous live shows earned them a fan in Britt Daniel of Spoon, who gave them a leg up on their debut album. Sweet Spirit performs music from their follow-up record called St. Mojo and share wild and fun stories befitting a wild and fun band on the next World Café.  

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Colorado singer/songwriter Darryl Purpose. After a time studying guitar, he went to Las Vegas as a teenager and began a career as a professional card player. He was soon known as the world’s fastest card counter. Banned from casinos on six continents, he still calls this the “only real job he’s ever had.” In 1996, Darryl began to tour nationally as a solo singer/songwriter. Eight years, six CDs and a thousand shows later, he was headlining the top folk venues and festivals across North America.