Author Michael Walker says that by the end of the 1960s, you could fairly say there were two generations of baby boomers: those who had experienced that decade's peace-and-love era of music firsthand, and those who learned about it from their older brothers and sisters.
It's been too long since we simply sat up and pointed out a few of the many new releases worth a set of ears. Luckily, the staff on weekends at All Things Considered thought the same. They invited me to sit down with host Jacki Lyden and play a few cuts for them.
Here's music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.
The Newport Folk Festival's history is dotted with historic moments involving musical icons — Bob Dylan plugging in jumps immediately to mind. But, while organizers still take care to stack each festival with huge names and star veterans, the margins are smartly and lovingly curated, too. The 2013 Newport Folk Festival is no different, with an impressive slate of boundary-pushers and genre-eschewers. Here are five of the newest and most promising faces, with a downloadable song from each.
Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne joins host David Dye on this edition of the World Cafe. ELO released a string of ultra-melodic hits throughout the '70S, like "Strange Magic" and "Livin' Thing," and for the next decade Lynne developed into one of the most sought after producers. Tonight he talks about his latest projects, re-recording ELO's Zoom and his very personal solo album "Armchair Theatre." Then in the second hour, the Latin Roots series continues with a live performance from Argentinean reggae artist Fidel Nadal.
Host David Dye welcomes the Tuareg guitarist Bombino on World Cafe. He was born in Niger and has just become known in the West thanks to his new album "Nomad" produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. It's a perfect title, as Bombino has had to be on the move his entire life. We'll learn why in tonight's interview, and Bombino performs a stunning live set.
It's Bombino, with host David Dye, tonight at 8 on WCBE.
On this episode of the World Cafe, The Handsome Family join host David Dye in the studio. Brett Sparks first convinced his wife, fiction writer Rennie Sparks, to write lyrics for his music in 1993, launching the duo’s unusual brand of Americana. Wilderness is their new concept album inspired by the animal kingdom. We'll hear a live performance tonight, plus Rennie sticks around as a guest DJ, spinning some of her favorite songs about animals.
The spotlight's on The Handsome Family, tonight at 8 on WCBE!