Enjoy engaging discussions with some of today's most important artists hosted by David Dye of the World Cafe.
James Mercer of The Shins joins host David Dye in the studio. James Mercer started The Shins in New Mexico, but like many other musicians he felt a calling to relocate to Portland, Oregon. The band’s first album, Oh, Inverted World, was released on Sub Pop in 2001 and they received a huge boost from the 2004 film Garden State, which featured their music. The Shins have just put out a new disc, Port Of Morrow, five years after their album. James Mercer talks about it and looks back on their earlier work, including their Garden State experience.
Plus, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists and producer Tucker Martine. Both give their take on the music scene in Portland with interviews recorded as a part of our new Sense of Place series.
And Johnny Clegg. He’s been called “The White Zulu” for crossing the race divide during Apartheid with his music. His first band Juluka was a collaboration with Zulu musician Sipho Mchunu; they released their debut album in 1979, breaking down barriers and creating much controversy at home in South Africa. After that group broke up in 1985, Clegg went on to create another multi-racial band, called Savuka, which was even more commercially successful. Clegg also helped inspire Paul Simon on his famed Graceland album. Hear what Clegg has to say looking back on his role as a cultural ambassador.
And, Those Darlins’. The country-punk foursome from Tennessee discuss their second album Screws Get Loose, and look at how the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp helped bring them together and what they try to pass on to the kids they teach there.
And, Okkervil River. The Austin, Texas, group recently released their 6th album, I Am Very Far. Unlike previous discs, the record is not built around one unifying concept - singer Will Sheff explains what made the songwriting different this time around.
Plus, Dennis Coffey. The Detroit native shaped the sound of Motown in the 70s with his innovative guitar contributions, in particular with the work he did on the Temptations hits “Ball of Confusion” and “Cloud Nine,” and through his instrumental smash “Scorpio.” He looks back on his career with the release of his first new solo CD in two decades. Hear that and more this week on Conversations from the World Cafe!
Bruce Cockburn, the politically outspoken songwriter is incredibly popular at home in Canada.Over his four decade long career he has put out 31 albums, won 13 Juno awards (the Canadian version of the Grammys), received the Order of Canada, and was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. Here in the United States he has maintained a smaller following despite hits like 1979’s “Wondering Where the Lions Are” and 1984’s “If I Had a Rocket Launcher.” Recently Bruce Cockburn released a new disc called Small Source of Comfort, his first new studio work in 5 years. He’ll talk about it, play “Rocket Launcher” live, and share how he came to be holding a rocket launcher in Afghanistan recently.
Plus, Susan Werner. She’ll discuss how a musical pilgrimage to the South inspired her new Rodney Crowell-produced album Kicking the Beehive. That’s this week on Conversations from the World Cafe!