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ENCORE: Devon Gilfillian on World Cafe

Monday February 22nd, 2021

Late last year Devon Gilfillian shared his take on Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album What’s Going On. On the next World Cafe, we revisit that session. Gilfillian talks about the emotional moment that led to the project and discusses how the themes of Gaye’s record are still current, half a century after it was released.

2021-02-22T14:19:51-05:00February 22nd, 2021|World Cafe|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist – 2/20/21

Fresh Roots – New Blues on WNRN

BMA Nominees, Pt. 2


Set 1

Nominee: Album Of The Year, Traditional Blues Album

  • Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite – Birds Of A Feather            (100 Years Of Blues) (Alligator)

Nominee: BB King Entertainment of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Album, Contemporary Female Artist

  • Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War   (Uncivil War)             (Alligator)

Nominee: Song Of The Year, Soul Blues Album

  • Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid   (All My Dues Are Paid)         (Nola Blue)

Nominee: Traditional Blues Album

  • Jimmy Johnson – Every Day Of Your Life    (Every Day Of Your Life)      (Delamark)

Set 2

  • Nominee: Emerging Artist Album

Jose Ramirez – Here I Come (Here I Come)            (Self)

  • Nominee: Traditional Blues Album

Nora Jean Wallace – Rag & Bucket  (Blueswoman)           (Severn)

  • Nominee: Acoustic Blues Album

Watermelon Slim – Scalemaster Blues        (Traveling Man)        (NorthernBlues)

Nominee: Song Of The Year, Soul Blues Album, Soul Male Artist

  • Don Bryant – Is It Over         (You Make Me Free) (Fat Possum)


Set 3


            Nominee: Blues Rock Album (for Ice Cream In Hell), Blues Rock Artist

  • Tinsley Ellis – Highwayman             (Highwayman)          (Alligator)      2005

Nominee: Emerging Artist Album

  • The Betty Fox Band – Shattered Dreams & Broken Toes  (Peace In Pieces)       (Intercept)

Nominee: Contemporary Female Artist

  • Shaun Murphy – Love Me Like A Man         (Flame Still Burns)    (Vision Wall)

Set 4

            Nominee: Band Of The Year

  • Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars – Don’t The Grass Look Greener (The Extended Play Sessions)          2018

Nominee: Instrumentalist: bass

  • Danielle Nicole Band – Save Me       (live in studio)

Nominee: Acoustic Blues Album

  • Richard Ray Farrell – Juke Joint Swing       (Three Pints Of Gin)  (Bluebeet)

Set 5


Nominee: Blues Rock Artist

  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)  (Straight To You Live)          (Provogue)

Nominee: (Mike Zito) – Blues Rock Artist, Blues Rock Album

Nominee: (Walter Trout) – Blues Rock Album (for Ordinary Madness),  Song Of The Year (for All Out Of Tears)

  • Mike Zito (with Walter Trout) – Johnny B. Goode             (Rock N’ Roll: A Tribute To Chuck Berry)   (Ruf)

Set 6

Nominee: BB King Entertainer Of The Year (Ed Williams)

  • Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials – Giving Up On Your Love  (The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials)  (Alligator)      2016

Nominee: BB King Entertainer Of The Year

  • Sugaray Rayford – The Revelator    (Somebody Save Me)            (Forty Below)

Nominee: Band Of The Year

  • Southern Avenue – She Gets Me High         (Keep On)       (Concord)       2019

Nominee: Soul Blues Album

  • Sonny Green – I Got There   (Found: One Soul Singer!)    (Little Village)

Nominee: Soul Blues Album

  • Robert Cray Band – My Baby Likes To Boogaloo   (That’s What I Heard)           (Nozzle)
2021-02-22T14:17:18-05:00February 20th, 2021|Fresh Roots|

John Morrison: The Black Roots of Rock & Roll, Pt. 2

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Throughout February, DJ and music journalist John Morrison is helping World Cafe celebrate the music of black artists with a series called The Black Roots of Rock & Roll. On the next World Cafe, John celebrates the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and shines a spotlight on the music of Funkadelic, Sly & The Family Stone, and more. Tonight at 6pm.

2021-02-12T11:51:49-05:00February 11th, 2021|World Cafe|

Encore: Michael Mwenso on World Cafe

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The music and message of James Brown had a big impact on Michael Mwenso of the band Mwenso and the Shakes. He recently brought that message into a college classroom to teach a course called “Protest, Hope and Resilience Through Black Arts.” Mwenso spins some of his favorite protest songs, on the next World Cafe. Tonight at 6pm.

2021-02-11T13:12:47-05:00February 10th, 2021|World Cafe|

Sofía Valdés mini-concert, Encore: Raphael Saadiq on World Cafe

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Sofía Valdés left her home of Panama at age 13 to go to school in Michigan, before ending up at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, focusing on her musical gifts as a songwriter. At 20, she’s showcasing them on her EP, Ventura. We’ll hear a mini-concert with Sofía Valdés, coming up on the next World Cafe.

2021-02-11T13:09:05-05:00February 9th, 2021|World Cafe|

Nana Adjoa on World Cafe

Monday, February 8, 2021

Nana Adjoa is a citizen of the world. She was raised in the Netherlands by a Dutch mother and Ghanaian father. She makes music that draws on influences not only from her heritage, but from all over – including her formal jazz training, and rock bands like Rage Against the Machine and Wilco. Nana Adjoa joins host Raina Douris, on the next World Cafe. Tonight at 6pm.

2021-02-11T13:09:38-05:00February 8th, 2021|World Cafe|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist – 1/30/21

Set 1

  • Stratcat Willie & The Strays – Come On In  (On The Prowl)          (Unsigned)
  • Wily Bo Walker – I Want To Know  (single)           (Mescal Canyon)
  • Chris Smither – Confirmation          (More From The Levee)        (Signature Sounds)
  • Johnny Never – Black Smart Phone             (Blue Delta)   (Self)

Set 2

  • Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Meet Me In The Morning         (The Reckless One)   (Gypsy Soul)
  • John Hurburt & Jorma Kaukonen – Travelin’         (The River Flows)     (Self)
  • Fred Hostetler – What’s Ahead & What’s Behind   (Fred’s Blue Chair Blues)     (Mukthiland)
  • Greg Sover Band – Feelin’ Sumthin’            (The Parade) (EP)     (Grounded Soul)
  • John McLean & Charles Barkatz – Leaky Shoes Blues       (Shadow Man)           (TreeTops)

Set 3


  • Norton Buffalo & The Knockouts – Let Me Be Your Man   (King Of The Highway)         (Blind Pig)      2000
  • Norton Buffalo & Roy Rogers – Happy Go Lucky (single) (Blind Pig)      2002
  • Steve Miller Band – The Shake         (Book Of Dreams)     (Capital)         1977
  • Bonnie Raitt – Runaway       (Sweet Forgiveness)             (Warners)      1977

Set 4

  • Selwyn Birchwood – Living In A Burning House   (Living In A Burning House)            (Alligator)
  • Alastair Greene – Bayou Mile           (The New World Blues)        (Whiskey Bayou)
  • Sonny Landreth – Blacktop Run      (Blacktop Run)          (Provogue)
  • TJ Read – I’ve Got A Dog In My Backyard    (Richland Woman)    (Self)

Set 5

  • Tas Cru – Memphis Blue       (Drive On)      (Subcat)
  • Willie May – Fannie Mae      (Blues For Sugar)      (Self)
  • Terminal Station – Booker D            (Brotherhood)           (Self)
  • Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions          (single)           (Volt)  1962

Set 6

  • Veronica Lewis – Put Your Wig On Mama  (You Ain’t Unlucky)  (Self)
  • Kim Wilson – No Place To Go           (Take Me Back! The Bigtone Sessions)       (M.C.)
  • Dave Thomas – It’s My Own Fault   (One More Mile)        (Self)
  • Jay Willie & James Montgomery – Montgomery Boogie    (Cadillac Walk)          (Zoho)
2021-02-01T14:28:31-05:00January 30th, 2021|Fresh Roots|

Fontaines D.C. on World Cafe

Friday January 29, 2021

The Irish band Fontaines D.C. released their debut album, Dogrel, in 2019 and critics loved it. The BBC named it Album of the Year. So when Fontaines D.C released their sophomore record, A Hero’s Death, a little more than a year later, the expectations were high. The album does not disappoint. You can hear live performances from Fontaines D.C., on the next World Cafe.

2021-02-01T11:55:31-05:00January 29th, 2021|World Cafe|

Arlo Parks on World Cafe

Thursday January 28, 2021

Hailing from London, Arlo Parks has been building buzz with her songs “Hurt” and “Black Dog.” Her highly anticipated debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, arrives this week. We’ll hear how Arlo’s journals shaped her songwriting process and how she became an ambassador for Calm – the “Campaign Against Living Miserably.” Plus, she shares a live performance. It’s Arlo Parks, on the next World Cafe.

2021-02-01T11:54:59-05:00January 28th, 2021|World Cafe|

Benee on World Cafe

Wednesday January 27, 2021

What’s it like to have a song go viral on TikTok and rack up a half a billion plays on Spotify? We find out when host Stephen Kallao talks to up and coming New Zealand artist Benee. Her debut album Hey U X features appearances from Lily Allen and Grimes, and musically pulls from influences like Groove Armada and Radiohead. It’s coming up on the next World Cafe.

2021-02-01T11:54:30-05:00January 27th, 2021|World Cafe|