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


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