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For our first guest of 2014 we are very happy to welcome Wesley Stace and his band for a live set.
The Best World Cafe Performances From 2013
We sifted through all 188 bands and individual artists that joined us to perform on the World Cafe in 2013 and we have settled on the very best for these two hours. It wasn’t easy.
I get to sit opposite singers or in the midst of the bands (I’m usually next to the drummer) every day as we talk about the music. It’s only later as we listen to the playback that I get to hear how extraordinary the songs we capture really are. Nobody phones it in. Even if they have driven all night from Boston they bring it for The World Cafe and ultimately you.
World Cafe Inaugurates NPR’s Studio A With Performance From The Tedeschi Truck Band

October 17, 2013 - Two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation join us for an outstanding session today.
LA’s Dawes Come Down From Laurel Canyon On New Album

May 20, 2013 - Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter for the Los Angeles based band Dawes, writes heartfelt first-person songs somewhat in the style of his So Cal Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview today with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun he tells about the inspiration on many of the new songs on Stories Don't End.
Best of: How A Broken Leg, A 1930’s Graphic Novel And A New Studio All Lead To Jim James’ "Regions Of Light and Sound Of God"

December 30, 2013 - There have been albums under the name Yim Yames and projects with the New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk but Regions Of Light and Sound of God is the first bearing Jim James’ own name.
Best of: Nick Cave On Push The Sky Away And Excerpts From Berlin Concert

December 30, 2013 - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are back, minus founding member Mick Harvey on guitar, with "Push The Sky Away." We are going to hear live performances recorded in Berlin this past February. The elegant yet emotive performer sounds great.
Best of: Neko Case: A Stunning Performance And Answers Big And Small

December 27,2013 - The songs on Neko Case’s new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You continues the alt-everything singer’s convoluted yet still deft use of language in songs that are incredibly melodic.
Best of: Sense Of Place Detroit An Indepth View With Guitarist/Intellectual Wayne Kramer Of The MC5

December 27, 2013 - If we are going to get any Sense of Detroit’s place in rock history, the whys and whos, it is from our guest today, Wayne Kramer.
Best of: A Full Hour With Graham Nash Telling His Life Story

December 26, 2013 - Graham Nash is an entrancing story-teller. His new autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life, takes him from growing up poor in Manchester, England through a life of harmonizing and playing with two groups in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Best of: Tom Jones Sings Blues Gospel and Leonard Cohen on New Album

December 26, 2013 - The greatest singer Wales has ever produced, Tom Jones, has a new album called "Spirit In The Room." It is his second working with Ethan Johns.
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