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August 16, 2013 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell join host David Dye. Steve Martin was already selling out arenas and earning platinum records in the 1970s, thanks to his talents as a comedian.
Why Has It Been So Painful For Mike Doughty To Perform The Songs He Wrote For Soul Coughing?

December 3, 2013 - Mike Doughty joins us live on the Cafe today as he has many times in the past. This time is a little different as it is the first time he is performing the music he wrote and recorded with Soul Coughing.
World Cafe: Next - Courtney Barnett: Ride The Wave Of This 25 Year Old Australian’s Extraordinary Lyrics

Courtney Barnett is a 25 years old from Melbourne, Australia. She has been self-releasing EPs since 2012 and two have now been made more available in The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.
Our Vintage Cafe From 2007 Is A Fascinating Look At Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens', Reemergence Into The Pop World

December 3, 2013 - Our Vintage Cafe this week takes us back to 2007 with Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens. Although previously he had sung a version of his song “Peace Train” in the wake of 9/11, his album Another Cup was his first step back into the pop world in almost two decades.
In the current climate of music there is certainly no lack of talented singer-songwriters. With that said, it's even more impressive when an unsigned, independent voice can grab your attention.
December’s Artist To Watch is Courtney Barnett, a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. With two EP’s to her name that she self-released on her own label, Milk! Records, she’s just starting to gain some traction in the States. She played CMJ this past Fall to some excellent reviews which led to coverage on some high profile music blogs.
Sense of Place: Toronto – Singer Songwriter Ron Sexsmith Talks About Arriving In Town Over 25 Years Ago and Plays Live With His Band

November 29, 2013 - Our final session that we brought back from Toronto for our Sense of Place Series is with Ron Sexsmith and his band. Ron walked around the corner from his house in Toronto’s West End to the studio to play a set mostly drawn from his new disc Forever Endeavor.
Meet Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and The Eminent Hipsters of His New Memoir Who Transformed His Life

November 29, 2013 - After writing songs for nine Steely Dan studio albums as well as four solo discs, Donald Fagen, the co-founder of the band, has turned to another kind of writing, a new memoir,
Latin Roots Judy Cantor-Navas Whets Your Thanksgiving Appetite With Songs About Food For The Holiday

November 28, 2013 - This is a special Latin Roots for Thanksgiving today with Judy Cantor-Navas, editor at Billboard Magazine, playing some of her favorite tropical songs about food.
Vince Gill And Paul Franklin Get To The Heart of Merle Haggard And Buck Owens On New Tribute Bakersfield

November 28, 2013 - Country music Hall of Famer, superstar and the man who has 20 country Grammys, more than anyone ever, Vince Gill joins us today with Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Paul Franklin to pay tribute to two other Hall of Famers, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
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