Nashville

Jim Lauderdale has been a staple of Nashville’s music scene for over thirty years, releasing dozens of solo albums and writing for the likes of George Strait and Patti Loveless. In 2016, he was awarded the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, but he wasn’t ready to stop there. Jim is back this year with two new records: a new studio album called Time Flies, and a collection of songs recorded with mandolin player, Roland White, nearly 40 years ago.

Courtesy of Sarah Harvey

Bermuda Triangle is Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, and rising solo performers Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. They formed a Nashville supergroup, who have already played sold-out shows across the country, despite only releasing two songs. In a conversation with host Ann Powers, we'll hear how the trio started playing together, passing a guitar and harmonizing on porches. And they perform live. 

Mafalda Millies

Welles is the rock and roll moniker of Jesse Wells. Welles grew up in rural Arkansas where his early bands got together to rock out in giant barns that were built to house turkeys. After graduating from college, Welles moved to Nashville and has just released his debut album. The record's single, "Seventeen," was produced by Dave Cobb.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is three-time Woody Guthrie Award winning singer/songwriter, KC Clifford. Music has always been a guiding force in KC’s life, and her talent and love of performing on stage revealed itself at an early age. She was two when she first sang in public and composed her first song at age seven. KC Clifford studied opera at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, but found her true voice in folk music while earning a degree in vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville.

Here is who to listen for this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger: 

Monday, May 14th – Caroline Rose 
 

Caroline Rose's new album is a dramatic departure from the alt-country sound of her first two albums. On Loner, her razor-sharp wit and smart lyrics tackle subjects like single motherhood to fighting the patriarchy. We'll discuss that, her sonic evolution, and ambitions as a producer.   

Tuesday, May 15th – Lindi Ortega 
 

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce travels to the campus of Radford University in Radford, VA for this week’s episode. We’ll hear performances by folk music mainstay John Gorka, award-winning Nashville singer and songwriter Shawn Camp, plus emerging Toronto folk-rockers The Weather Station and Virginia songwriters Scott Miller and Dori Freeman.  

Here is the WORLD CAFE schedule for this week and next:

Monday, April 9th – Best World Cafe Performances of 2018 So Far 

Lizz Wright's soulful band knocked our socks off when they came in to perform live at World Café earlier this year. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats brought tons of heart, Glen Hansard brought enough vocal prowess to blow the roof off, and Margo Price brought total tenderness. Hear standout sessions from the first quarter of 2018. 

Tuesday, April 10th – Courtney Marie Andrews 

We’re on the road again, dialed into high-flying honky-tonk as we cruise through Texas cotton patches and Midwestern pastures of plenty. Starting off in Illinois farm country, we meet up with Margo Price, who followed her dreams of songwriting to Nashville, Tennessee. She put her name on the map with songs about growing up in rural America, and has since dug in her heels while singing about a landscape of gender and economic inequities.

On this week's show we'll hear progressive singer/songwriters Kree Woods out of Nashville, TN and Molly Bancroft, originally from the Southlands now living in Michigan... Americana/roots with Brigitte DeMeyer and Boston area new grass band Joy Kills Sorrow... alternative singer/songwriter from Athens, GA Lera Lynn... and from Brooklyn, Emily Zuzik... then we'll finish up the hour with two classic covers - The Cowboy Junkies performing "Sweet Jane," and Patti Smith with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". That's all coming up on the next Women In Music.

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Nashville singer/songwriter Phillip LaRue. Phillip nearly lost his ability to play music after shattering his elbow in an accident. His arm was barely functional, and he endured an extensive recovery period, having to retrain his muscles to play guitar. Phillip LaRue’s commitment to music and being able to play guitar again kept him fighting - and pushed him to fully commit to a career in songwriting. He has since solidified himself as an in-demand songwriter in Nashville.

Monday, September 25, 2017  
 

Decades before their first collaborative album Power of Peace, Carlos Santana heard The Isley Brothers' version of "Twist and Shout" on a San Francisco jukebox and thought, this is music that "brings unity and harmony to the planet".  Carlos, Ron and Ernie Isley talk mutual admiration and memories on the next World Cafe.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017  

This week’s solar-powered musical meeting features an up-and-coming band that is already making waves, alongside a well-established musician who makes his first appearance on the show. Australian folk pop band Oh Pep! takes the stage to share music from the band’s debut release, plus Indiana-born / Nashville-based singer and piano virtuoso Jon McLaughlin shares some of his solo material, as well as a few songs with eTown’s house band – the eTones.

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.  

Jason Eady joins us in the studio Tuesday 8/15 to talk about his new release 'Daylight and Dark', and play a tune or two.  Recorded in Nashville, Jason's sixth release is "a collection of real stories populated with real characters."  A songwriter in the tradition of Don Williams and Merle Haggard, both cited as big influences, he is the real deal, a storyteller.  

Listen Tuesday 8/15 at noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

 

August 11, 2017
 

David Rawlings: Poor David's Almanack on CD (on LP in a few weeks)  
 

Coming up on World Cafe - June 9th through June 15th, 2017: 

Friday, June 9, 2017  

Latin Country band The Mavericks play a mini concert from WXPN’s Non-CommVention and our Nashville correspondent Ann Powers talks Country Music Awards.  

Monday, June 12, 2017  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

On their sophomore album Pageant, queer punk duo PWR BTTM explode with glitter, grit and a powerful message of inclusion that extends way beyond their roots in the LGBTQ community. Also, on a special Nashville Session, Ann Powers welcomes Ruby Amanfu.  

Listen to World Cafe weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

CD of the Week - for the week of March 31,2015:

Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care
 

For the week of February 24, 2015

RHIANNON GIDDENS: TOMORROW IS MY TURN
 

Debut solo album from the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.