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Stella Donnelly On World Cafe

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    Stella Donnelly on World Cafe Stella Donnelly released a highly successful EP, Thrush Metal, in her home country of Australia, and now her star is rising stateside. She just wrapped up a U.S. tour, performing engaging tracks like “Boys will be Boys,” a song written before the #MeToo movement. We'll hear that one and more in a live studio performance today. And Stella talks with host Talia Schlanger about some other serious topics in her songwriting and potential plans for new music in the future. That's coming up, on the next World Cafe.
In her songs and in-person, Donnelly is charming, generous and funny. She's also unafraid to speak up about serious topics.
Stella Donnelly may win the World Cafe award for least high maintenance and largest musical impact. She came in with her guitar, a big warm smile and a totally unassuming personality, and asked if we had a room she could use for a quick vocal warm-up. OK, sure. Ten minutes later, she emerged, plugged in her guitar and delivered a flawless one-take performance with the kind of vocal control they could write singing textbooks about, and the kind of clever and poignant words that make you want to read the lyric sheet after.


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