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I usually try and squeeze a little extra singing out of my favorite guests. Like, "Oh that song was important to you when you were a kid? How did it go? Do you remember the first song you wrote and will you sing some of it?"

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Be sure to tune in to eTown this week for part two of our special two-part pod/broadcast featuring the legendary singer/songwriter and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, plus Americana artist John Fullbright. We’ll pick up where we left off last week, by delving deeper into conversation with Bob, and further exploring the vast realms of his musical catalog. We’ll also hear more great music from our friend John Fullbright, plus a one-of-a-kind finale with both artists. Don’t miss it!

French musician and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg released her fifth album Rest late last year. Inspired by personal tragedy, it was the first album where she's written all the lyrics on her own, in both French and English. It was a treat to have this.

To blues lovers around the globe, The Juke Joint Duo -- Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm -- embodied the spirit of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. This week we feature a rare reunion show that we hosted here in Memphis, as well as an in-depth interview with Cedric Burnside and the continuation of Dr. Barbara Ching’s series exploring the connection between country music and the blues.

Julie Byrne: Tiny Desk Concert

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Even in an office in broad daylight, Julie Byrne sings with both a husk and a whisper as if she's gone a long time without speaking - as if she's been alone, as if she's been traveling. Her opening number at the Tiny Desk, "Sleepwalking," sings of the road as a source of freedom.

I lived my life alone before you
And with those that I'd never succeeded to love
And I grew so accustomed to that kind of solitude
I fought you, I did not know how to give it up

Join Fiona Ritchie for a chance to explore highlights from the past decade of radio shows, with great musicians and other individuals involved in the traditional arts. This week, we feature music and interviews with John Doyle and Cathie Ryan.

When Leon Bridges debuted in 2015 to widespread acclaim, he was called “the new Sam Cooke.” But the new music on his follow-up record, Good Thing, shows his breadth reaches far beyond the retro, soul sound he's known for, bringing in some pop and funk. Leon is no stranger to breaking free of labels, as we'll learn in today's conversation with host Talia Schlanger. He shares about being an artsy black kid who didn't fit into his predominantly white, football-centric high school in Texas.

The sound of Low has changed a lot since husband and wife Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker started the band in 1993. But its harmonies remain central to the band's music.

"As soon as we'd sing, and you would sing harmony, I thought, 'Wow this is beautiful,'" Sparhawk says.

50 Years Of Sockin' It To The PTA

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Join special guest Clementine Darling on KRCB's North Bay Songwriters Radio Show for some jangles and jibberish. The emergent songstress will offer us some live tunes and give us some scoop on her live shows and more…

More? Yes! After Clementine, I'll be slinging the North Bay's best tunes from the star-studded scene 'round here including tunes from the upcoming release of the first North Bay Songwriters compilation CD to benefit this local NPR station, so hang out online www.krcb.org or tune in to 91fm for this 'love my locals only' radio gig.

The Best Of AMERICANAFEST 2018

Sep 18, 2018

The saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, a product of the thriving rhythm and blues scene in postwar Los Angeles, died on Sunday in California at the age of 91.

McNeely's honking saxophone and wild stage antics gave form to what would become rock and roll, directly influencing many of the genre's legends.

Doctors at the Charité hospital in Berlin say it's "highly plausible" Pyotr Verzilov of the Russian protest band Pussy Riot was poisoned last week, although it's unclear with what or by whom. Verzilov is currently being treated in Berlin.

"We have no indication — and this is important — that this was an infection or metabolic disease," the hospital's CEO, Dr. Karl Max Einhaeupl, told reporters at a news conference in Berlin. But "we cannot say anything about the question of how this toxin got into the body. It's not for us to answer this question."

The Spotify Playlist: Latinx Women Defy Categorization

Sep 18, 2018

Latino Heritage Month (Sept 15. -Oct. 15) is the perfect time to use our Spotify playlist to highlight the width and breadth of Latinx musical expression.

The five women on this week's list couldn't be any more different from each other in terms of style: An electronic pioneer from Argentina; a Brazilian jazz vocalist; our favorite Chilean rapera/soul singer; a Spanish flamenco-inspired pop vocalist; and a Mexican vocalist so versatile it's impossible to pin her down to one genre.

For 35 years, O.S. Arun has been a professional singer of Carnatic music, a classical genre popular in South India. It's an embellished form of singing frequently backed by the tanpura, a long-necked, stringed instrument that emits a constant drone. He's recorded several dozen albums.

When a relationship ends but love remains, it can be both frustrating and embarrassing.

Dessa, a well-known rapper, singer and writer from Minneapolis, knows the feeling well. She'd spent years trying to get over an ex-boyfriend, but she was still stuck on him.

Caroline Rose's latest album is a departure from the alt-country sound of her first two albums. On Loner, her razor-sharp wit and smart lyrics tackle subjects like being a single mom and fighting the patriarchy. Caroline Rose talks with Kallao and performs live with her band on the next World Cafe.  

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Rarely has the opening of an awards show felt as inauspicious as the first 10 minutes or so of Monday night's Emmy Awards. An opening number called "We Solved It," making light of the idea that Hollywood's meager progress toward greater diversity constitutes a meaningful resolution to the issue, featured a number of appealing TV personalities: Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon, Tituss Burgess of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kristen Bell of The Good Place, RuPaul, Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us, and Ricky Martin.

Tonight on Your Average Abalone you can hear brand new music from The Earls of Leicester.  The All-Star Bluegrass Band featuring Jerry Douglas and Shawn Camp have a new live album called Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame.  It is going to be released in a few days and Johnny Bazzano is going to be playing a half hour of this fantastic new CD tonight in the 7:00 hour!

New York Philharmonic Musicians In Limbo After Investigation

Sep 17, 2018

The New York Philharmonic announced Sunday that it has taken action against two prominent musicians over unspecified "misconduct": the orchestra's principal oboist, Liang Wang, and its associate principal trumpeter, Matthew Muckey.

The orchestra said the decision came after a five-month internal investigation, led by a former federal judge. Both musicians dispute the Philharmonic's findings, and while the musicians' union reviews the orchestra's decision, the two have been placed on unpaid leave.

The Best Acts We Saw At AmericanaFest

Sep 17, 2018

The Americana Music Association's 19th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville came to a close after six days of music showcases featuring over 225 performers, various panels including the keynote interview with k.d. lang, dozens of off-campus events and parties and the 17th annual Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony.

It might sound hard to believe, but being a Beatle doesn't necessarily assure chart-topping success — but never underestimate the pull of Paul McCartney.

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