Jess Williamson’s Stripped Down Sound and Big Emotion
Februrary 24, 2014 - Our World Cafe: Next artist today, Jess Williamson, is from Austin, Texas and put out a new album on January 28th called Native State. It is a spare, personal disc that often finds Williamson with the simple accompaniment of a single instrument.
World Cafe: Next Gorgeous Swedish Folk-Pop From Solander
February 17, 2014 - Our World Cafe: Next artists this week are the Swedish folk pop duo Solander who have just released their third album Monochromatic Memories. Songwriter and guitarist Fredrik Karlsson and keyboard/cello player Anja Linna set off to make one album about the natural world, but life intervened and it became an album about loss and travel and more.
World Cafe: Next - The “Jimi Hendrix of The Kora” and Joe Driscoll
Febuary 10, 2014 - For our World Cafe: Next we have a unique duo. Sekou Kouyate, from Guinea in West Africa, is the "Jimi Hendrix of the kora," electrifying the many stringed African Harp, and Joe Driscoll is an American living in England who is a rapper, beat boxer and loop maker.
Febuary 03, 2014 - We welcome Angel Olsen as our World Cafe: Next artist this week. After making a debut solo album, the new one from this Missouri native, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is a band affair recorded this past summer in North Carolina.
World Cafe: Next The Districts Leave School & End Up Head Of The Class
January 27, 2014 - It wasn't that long ago that the members of The District were in high school together in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Now after some wise touring (including a SXSW visit last year) and a video of one of the songs (that has over 300,000 views), they have an EP coming out on Fat Possum Records tomorrow.
January 20, 2014 - Time for a new World Cafe: Next artist and we can ignore the buzz about Lake Street Dive no longer. The quartet that originally formed in Boston out of The New England Conservatory combines great instrumental virtuosity with a love of singing pop and roots influenced music with jazzy flair.
World Cafe: Next – Our First For The New Year is Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Royalty
January 6, 2014 - A new World Cafe: Next artist, our first of the new year. It is a Washington, DC based band called U.S. Royalty. Fronted by brothers John and Paul Thornley they who are putting out their second album Blue Sunshine on January 21st.
World Cafe: Next - Ryley Walker’s New West Wind EP Has Swirling Psych-folk Guitar Plus Great Songs
December 16, 2013 - Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is the Chicago based guitarist Ryley Walker. He is a singer-songwriter but on his psych-folk EP, The West Wind, it is easy to get lost in the swirling guitars.