Latin Roots is a bi-weekly series on the World Cafe program, hosted by David Dye, and made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. In this new series, David Dye explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people. From the standards like cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock and even reggaeton, we'll hear it all.
The series airs every other Thursday during the second hour of the World Cafe program, and will delve into the musical styles and genres of Spanish influence with a rotating series of guests. With each segment, David Dye and his guest will explore two related songs, current and old, and discuss their unique characteristics, how they relate and where they fit into the spectrum of Latin music.
August 14, 2013 - Tom Jones started his enviable career as a hit maker with 1965’s “It’s Not Unusual.” Now, decades later, he has turned to well respected producer Ethan Johns to help craft some of his best work. For their second effort together, Tom Jones and Ethan Johns moved to contemporary songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.
August 7, 2013 - Phoenix garnered worldwide fame for their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix thanks to catchy high energy songs like “1901” and “Lisztomania.” Now they have returned with the follow up Bankrupt!
July 31, 2013 - Jim James joins host David Dye in the studio. Jim James has led the Louisville based band My Morning Jacket since the late 90s. The group’s reputation as live performers is unparalleled and as writers they have been quite prolific.
July 24, 2013 - Iron & Wine joins host David Dye in the studio. Sam Beam went from bedroom recording hobbyist to professional musician in 2002 when Sub Pop Records decided to release demos he had sent label head Jonathan Poneman.
July 17, 2013 - Vocal acrobat Bobby McFerrin was almost inescapable with his catchy and lighthearted 1988 hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. Over his nearly 4 decade long career, he has collaborated with numerous virtuoso musicians like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and YoYo Ma.
July 10, 2013 - In 2004 KT Tunstall had a career break through when she performed her song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” on the British TV show Later… with Jools Holland. Since that time she has continued to find success with her music, but the last few years have been rough in terms of her personal life.
July 3, 2013 - Patty Griffin joins host David Dye on the stage of World Cafe Live. Patty Griffin released her debut in 1996 and since that time she has become a favorite of both music fans and musicians. Her songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, the Dixie Chicks, and Joan Baez among many others.
June 26, 2013- Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett join host David Dye in the studio. The horror author, populist songwriter, and accomplished producer combined their talents to create the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.