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Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader with Jonathan Wilson and Spanish Gold at a live midday concert on Friday.

To capture the sweeping, cinematic landscapes of Southern California on 2013's Fanfare, Wilson brought a few Laurel Canyon stalwarts into the studio including David Crosby, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne. The result is an album that picks up where 2011's Gentle Wind left off, with Wilson's hushed vocals and intricate arrangements delving into deep jams on many of the 5:00-plus tracks. However, much Fanfare's artistry is rooted in an affinity for Pink Floyd this time around, lending itself to extended moments of instrumental exploration when played live. In addition to recording his own material Wilson is an active producer, most recently working on Conor Oberst's Upside Down Mountain and previously with Roy Harper, Father John Misty and Dawes.

Recent Release: Fanfare
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Label: Downtown

Spanish Gold is a new project from members of My Morning Jacket (Patrick Hallahan), Hacienda/City and Colour (Dante Schwebel) and Brownout (Adrian Quesada. Though their main projects have very different sonic identities from each other, the members of Spanish Gold found common ground in having grown up during the height MTV's music programming. A love for everything from funk, hip hop, pop and R&B informed the songs on South of Nowhere, while the Texas and Nashville roots of the record still shine through.

Recent Release: South of Nowhere
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen

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Strand of Oaks is the recording and performing name of singer-songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. They release their new album, Heal, on June 24th on Dead Oceans records. HEAL is Showalter’s coming out rock and roll record. His previous releases were more rooted in the singer-songwriter, indie-acoustic tradition.
Laura Cantrell Returns To Her Hometown Nashville To Record No Way There From Here
World Cafe: Next - Landlady, Another Inventive Band From Brooklyn
Vintage Cafe The Lumineers from 2012 Before “Ho, Hey” Became So Humongous
Natalie Merchant Showcases First New Songs In 13 Years Live
This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, David Crosby joins host David Dye in the studio. David Crosby recently released his 4th solo album Croz – it is his first in over 20 years. For the new disc he worked with his son James Raymond, finding a collaboration as sympathetic to his music sensibilities as his work with The Byrds and CSNY. We will talk about the old days, including his first solo album, 1971’s If I Could Only Remember My Name, which came out after the sudden death of his girlfriend Christine Hinton, as well as the new disc. Plus, Graham Nash. Last year Graham Nash published his autobiography Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. It details his amazing music career, from growing up in poor in England, to first finding fame with The Hollies, and then later leaving the UK in 1968 to embrace his artistic connection with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. Nash details his career, including what his longtime collaboration and friendship with Crosby has meant to him. That’s this week on Conversations from the World Cafe!
Latin Roots Celebrates Cuba’s Los Van Van As Their Founder Juan Formell Passes
Latin Roots: The King of Calypso, The Mighty Sparrow

Our Latin Roots segment today with Ernesto Lechner of the syndicated radio show The Latin Alternative. He joins us to talk about The Mighty Sparrow, a musical giant who has been a defining force in Calypso and Soca music for more than five decades. Ernesto brings his personal passion to this musician he loves, discussing Sparrow’s music that was at first both familiar and exotic to him. He will play some examples from early and later in the Calypso king’s career. Plus there is a Spotify playlist for further exploration.

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