Poet, performer, visual artist and rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith performs on this week's Mountain Stage.  

You can hear Patti Smith & Family's entire performance, plus sets from Van William, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore feat. Lucy & Brigid Moore, Robbie Fulks and a special Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens featuring Tim O'Brien, Charlie McCoy, and more, on this week's new episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. 


On Margo Price’s first album, 2016’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, she shared incredibly personal stories of pawning her wedding ring, spending a weekend in jail and losing a child. On Friday's World Cafe, hear the next chapter - Margo reflects on how her life has changed since the wild success of her debut, and the more political stories that inspired her latest release All American Made. 

You can hear World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger every weekday at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

In this week’s encore broadcast, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers bring their energetic sound back to eTown to share music from their recent collection of songs, fittingly titled Radio.

Here is what to listen for on World Cafe this week:

Monday, March 12th – Siddhartha Khosla  

The hit NBC TV show “This Is Us” wraps up its second season Tuesday night. We talk to the guy who underscores the drama - the show’s composer. He’s also the frontman of the indie band Goldspot. His name is Siddhartha Khosla, and he’s our guest on Monday's World Cafe.  


Tuesday March 13th – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 

The great Texas river city is a mix of Mexican, German, Anglo and African American cultures, among others. Home to the Texas Conjunto Festival and the International Accordion Festival, San Antonio is best known for Tex-Mex or Téjano music played by squeeze box masters like Flaco Jiménez, Narciso Martinez and Mingo Saldivar among many.

This week we unlock the Beale Street Caravan vault to remember Blues legend, James Milton Campbell Jr. -- better known as Little Milton. You'll hear a mix of performances and interviews from our archives, plus Dr. Barbara Ching returns with her series exploring the connection between country music and the Blues. 

Hear Beale Street Caravan every Tuesday night at 11:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

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This week’s episode of Mountain Stage is hosted by songwriter Todd Burge. You’ll hear new music with an old feel from Pokey LaFarge, blues and soul singer Ruthie Foster, Canadian singer-songwriters Rose Cousins and Fred Eaglesmith, and Ohio’s RJ Cowdery. 

They’re all in live performance, Saturday at 12:00 pm Noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91! 

We hit the open road to hear tales of adventure and woe from honky-tonkers and hobos, train-hoppers and busking bohemians. En route we talk with Washington folk singer Brandi Carlile, who dropped out of high school to cut it as a touring musician, and New Orleans' Meschiya Lake, about her journey from circus performer to jazz chanteuse. Driving on in search of mythic America, we hear the voices of its discontents: Woody Guthrie, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Wilco and Pops Staples.

The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! You can now submit your video via the entry form on the NPR Music website. Entries will be accepted through March 25 at 11:59pm EST.

When you're ready to enter, you'll need to:

We are live in New Orleans at Preservation Hall for the nouveau stylings and hybrid sounds that have been cooking up in the historic jazz hub since second-generation director and bass player Ben Jaffe took the helm. We hear funky new grooves from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, whose band members range from 20-somethings to an octogenarian. And we witness the sonic chemistry when the band is paired with singer Tom Waits, bluegrasser Del McCoury and New Orleans hoodoo rocker Dr. John.

NPR Music announced the return of its popular Tiny Desk Contest. Over the last three years, the contest has received more than 18,000 entries and led to breakout artist discoveries like Fantastic NegritoGaelynn Lea and Tank and the Bangas.

In this popular re-airing, eTown welcomes back one of the most recognizable musical voices of our generation, Colin Hay (of Men at Work fame), who brings music from his latest collection of recordings. And Austin guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II makes his eTown debut this week to share new songs plus discuss his illustrious musical path that includes working with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and many others.

Here are the artists coming up this week on WORLD CAFÉ with host Talia Schlanger: 

Monday, February 12th – The Barr Brothers   

The Barr Brothers are a beautiful folky sort of band made up of brothers Andrew and Brad, and a secret weapon. Sara Pagé plays a harp. She’s rigged it with effects normally used on electric guitar and breaks down her impressive setup, as the Barr Brothers perform live music from their latest album Queens of the Breakers, on Monday’s World Café.

Tuesday, February 13th – Good Booty 

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

Monday, January 29th – Dustbowl Revival & HR2: globalFEST 2-Way  

The Dusbtowl Revival is a high-octane bluegrass meets soul, New Orleans meets Memphis conglomerate made up of 8 musicians. The Dustbowl Revival join us for a live performance, or more accurately, a big party on the next World Cafe. Plus, David Dye reports back on his favorite international musical finds from this year’s globalFEST showcase.  


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Here is the music to listen for this week on World Cafe:  

Monday, January 22nd – The Dream Syndicate

Last year the Dream Syndicate released their first album since they split almost 30 years ago. We’ll talk with band leader Steve Wynn about their reunion, and their early days touring with REM and U2. The Dream Syndicate performs live on the next World Cafe.  

Tuesday, January 23rd – NEEDLE DROP: Cozy Winter Songs  

Here is who to listen for this week on WORLD CAFE:

Monday, January 15: Lizz Wright 

Soul and gospel singer Lizz Wright delivers some of the finest musicianship we've heard on the Café, as she covers songs made famous by Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Glen Campbell. Those versions appear on Wright's new covers album called Grace, and boy does she deliver on the ideals of grace for Martin Luther King Day on World Café. 


Tuesday, January 16: Remembering Delores O'Riordan  

Here is what to listen for on World Café this week:

Monday, January 8: The Secret Sisters  

Laura and Lydia Rogers were surprised to get signed by a major label so quickly and have the help of some of the best producers to start their career.  But after their second album as The Secret Sisters, they were dropped by their label, they had to file for bankruptcy, and they lost confidence.  What happened next?  Hear their story and some live songs from their latest album on the next World Cafe.  

Tune in every other Thursday night at 9pm for North Bay Songwriters hosted by new radio host Jon Gonzales. This "locals only" segment showcases songs from our very own songwriters in the North Bay, including in-studio interviews with performing artists around the county, listings of live local shows, and a vast range of homegrown music.

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

Monday, December 11th: Penny and Sparrow 

Penny and Sparrow evoke the detail of Simon and Garfunkel and the openness of Bon Iver. On the next World Cafe, they perform live from the new album Wendigo and explain the fine balance between their Christian beliefs and the label of being a Christian band, including how hard it is to talk publicly about faith in the age of 140 characters.  

Tuesday, December 12th: JD McPherson  

This week's brand new episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce features a mix of rocking and soul-stirring performances from St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Mac McAnally, The Wild Reeds, Chastity Brown & Sarah Siskind.

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

Monday, October 2, 2017  

Allie X started out as a classically trained theatre performer. After moving to LA to pursue a career in pop songwriting, she got the ultimate vote of confidence – Katy Perry tweeted that Allie’s song was her new jam. Hear the story and a live performance by Allie X on the next World Cafe! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 

This week's brand new episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce features performances from Okkervil RiverMokoomba, Curtis

Be sure to tune in to eTown this week for part one of a special two-part broadcast featuring the legendary singer/songwriter and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, plus Americana artist John Fullbright. While we’ve been lucky to have both artists with us in previous years, this marks the first time we’ve been able to host Weir at eTown Hall’s intimate 200-seat, solar-powered performance space. Join us in eTown these next two weeks for a pair of episodes filled with mind-expanding musical exploration, candid conversations, and plenty of familiar songs to fill the air.  

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  

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’s brand new episode of Mountain Stage marks the return of special guest host Joni Deutsch, and live performances from the Southern soul outfit Marcus King Band, emerging Appalachian troubadour Tyler Childers, singer-songwriters Caroline Spence and Tristen and the classically eclectic pop maestro Kishi Bashi.  

They’re all in live performance on Mountain Stage, Saturday September 16th at noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91. 

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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.