David Dye

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafeis produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dye launched his distinguished broadcasting career as host of a progressive music show on WMMR 93.3 FM, a pioneering progressive rock station in Philadelphia. During his four-year tenure, Dye won accolades for his taste and laid back presentation. After a five-year stint programming radio stations in Maine, he returned to Philadelphia where he gained public radio experience at WHYY before being recruited in 1981 by alternative rock station WIOQ 102.1 FM where he made his mark on the music scene for nearly a decade.

In 1989, Dye took his musical quest to WXPN where he hosted the station's Sleepy Hollow radio program. Two years later, Dye was asked to spearhead research on the viability of a new public radio program. The research revealed an audience need for a new kind of musical format - one that was intelligent, diverse and would give musical guests a showcase for their artistic expression. Based on the findings, Dye went to work to create a unique program of musical discovery where listeners would be introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from legendary and up-and-coming artists. World Cafewas born.

Since launching World Cafein 1991, Dye has served as the host of this nationally acclaimed show, now syndicated on more than 250 public radio stations across the United States. Every week, Dye brings out the best in interviews with internationally known artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joni Mitchell. He has conducted nearly 4,500 interviews during his 20 years with the program. He introduces a half-million listeners each week to newcomers like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, PJ Harvey, Sheryl Crow, Beck, LCD Soundsystem and Amos Lee.

World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards including: two NFCB Gold Reel Awards, Album Network's "Best Triple A Air Talent," five Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Awards," the Philadelphia Chapter of NARAS "Hero Award," the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and numerous radio industry trade magazine citations. In 2006, Dye was named the "Triple A Air Personality of the Year" by Radio & Records.

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World Cafe
1:20 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Low On World Cafe

Low.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:45 pm

It's hard to find another band that's stayed as true to its vision as Low. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have been making Low records for 20 years now, and just released their 10th full-length album, The Invisible Way.

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World Cafe
1:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pickwick On World Cafe

Pickwick.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:49 pm

The first incarnation of the Seattle band Pickwick revolved around Galen Disston's strummy acoustic songs. Disston eventually found himself bored with his own music until a not-so-subtle shift took place; as the band began experimenting with new sounds and ideas, Disston shifted into the role of lead singer and crowds immediately noticed.

In this installment of World Cafe, you'll hear three songs from Pickwick's debut album, Can't Talk Medicine, as well as the full story behind the band's reinvention.

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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Next: The Saint Johns

The Saint Johns.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:48 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By The Saint Johns

A little reinvention never hurt anyone. Nashville singers Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson met in St. Augustine, Fla., and quickly discovered how well their voices blended together, so they moved to New York City and formed Augustine.

The duo, which now resides in Nashville, has since become The Saint Johns, and recently released its gorgeous new songs on a free downloadable EP. Listen to two songs from The Live Sessions here.

World Cafe
1:06 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Dawes On World Cafe

Dawes.
Noah Abrams Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:47 pm

Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith writes heartfelt first-person songs, somewhat in the style of Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun, Goldsmith describes the inspiration for the songs on the band's new album, Stories Don't End.

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Music
2:19 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Sons Of Fathers: Texas Rockers, Inspired By Their Dads

Sons of Fathers.
Courtesy of the artist

David Beck and Paul Cauthen were both playing music around San Marcos, Texas, when they recognized that it might be a good move to combine their talents and became Sons of Fathers. Actually, they originally went by the name Beck and Cauthen until another, more famous Beck took notice.

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World Cafe
4:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down: New Home, New Album

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
Courtesy of the artist

Thao Nguyen has been busy since her last album, Know Better Learn Faster, came out in 2009. The band moved to San Francisco while Nguyen explored recording with other artists, even making an album with Mirah.

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World Cafe
2:43 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Milk Carton Kids, Making The Most Of Two Voices

The Milk Carton Kids.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 3:36 pm

When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form The Milk Carton Kids, they discovered that they had a lot to teach each other. They also had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Now, their third album, The Ash & Clay, is out on a regular label — no freebies this time around — and they're playing to packed houses across the U.S. and Europe.

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World Cafe
4:33 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Next: Bleached

Bleached.
Todd Cole Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 10:14 pm

You could hear it in their first singles in 2011: Sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin and their band Bleached are onto something. Now comes their debut full-length, Ride Your Heart, and it fills in the story: Beachy harmonies combine with punk attitude to take what you loved about Best Coast to a grittier place. It's fun and it's heartfelt — what could be better?

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World Cafe
1:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

How The Energy-Guzzling Rock Tour Can Go Green

Guster.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 10:13 pm

While on tour with his band Guster, Adam Gardner noticed that a lot of energy was being consumed, particularly in getting bands and fans together for a show. His wife, an ecologist, had been nudging him at home to become more green, and he'd started to wonder what could be done about the environmental impact of life on the road.

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World Cafe
2:08 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Eels: A 'Wonderful, Glorious' Look At Life

Eels.
Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

The last few years have found Mark Oliver Everett of Eels doing more than a bit of summing up. That includes an autobiography, Things the Grandchildren Should Know, as well as an anthology of the band's past work — all while putting out an inter-related trilogy of new studio albums.

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World Cafe
4:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Latin Roots: Fado Creates 'Nostalgia For The Present Moment'

Fado singer Mariza.
Courtesy of the artist

Today, we welcome singer-songwriter, Grammy-nominated producer and record-company owner Rachel Faro, who visits World Cafe to discuss the Portuguese tradition of Fado.

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World Cafe
4:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Shovels And Rope: A Husband And Wife, A Homemade Sound

Shovels & Rope.
Courtesy of the artist

Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst had their own careers going — his with the band The Films and hers solo. Then they started performing together, just the two of them, and found that their personal chemistry translated to their music together.

The South Carolina duo released its debut album, O' Be Joyful, last summer. Here, Trent and Hearst join us to talk about how that homemade record came to be — and, of course, perform live in the studio.

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World Cafe
3:05 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

The James Hunter Six: 'Minute By Minute,' A Classic Soul Sound

The James Hunter Six.
Ruth Ward Courtesy of the artist

James Hunter fell in love with vintage R&B during his youth in England, with his grandmother's records providing a foundation. Hunter sang in workingman's clubs and got a break in the early '90s, when Van Morrison heard him singing and invited him on tour as a backing vocalist.

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World Cafe
10:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jesse Dee: From The South By Way Of Boston, A Vintage R&B Sound

Jesse Dee.
Michael D. Spencer Courtesy of the artist

Jesse Dee grew up in Boston — far from the South, where the music he loves has its roots — and could never quite shake the '50s and '60s R&B he'd heard on the radio as a kid. He started writing his own material in high school because he wanted his music to be contemporary.

Dee's first album, Bittersweet Batch, came out in 2008; his latest is On My Mind/In My Heart. His love of singing shines through, in both our conversation and this live session.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper On World Cafe

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, a.k.a. Aly Spaltro.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 3:27 pm

The name Lady Lamb the Beekeeper came to singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro in a dream. When the Maine native emerged from the DVD-store basement where she'd been experimenting with music for several years, her friends responded positively. She soon moved to Brooklyn, where those original songs were re-worked for her debut album, Ripley Pine, released this past February.

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World Cafe
3:12 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Next: Escondido

Escondido.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:29 pm

It's not as if Escondido members Jessica Maros and Tyler James didn't have enough going on already. Maros is a thriving fashion designer in Nashville, Tenn., known for dressing Lady Antebellum and others. James has been a member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and recently had one of his songs placed on the TV show Nashville.

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World Cafe
12:34 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell Get The Old Band Together Again

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:48 pm

It was 1975 when Emmylou Harris had to figure out how to make a solo album after her classic work as Gram Parsons' duet partner. Her record company told her to "get a hot band." So she got The Hot Band with James Burton on lead, as well as a newcomer, Rodney Crowell, on rhythm guitar and, more importantly, songwriting.

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World Cafe
3:45 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Country Music Hall Of Fame On World Cafe

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.
Courtesy of the museum

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:37 pm

So you think you know country music? Our friend Michael Gray, curator at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., will tell you what you need to know in just a few music-filled minutes. The Hall of Fame is right in downtown Nashville and is a must visit.

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Music
3:45 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale On World Cafe

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale.
Paul Moore Courtesy of the artist

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale have contributed to roots music to an immeasurable degree throughout their careers. As songwriters and players, both solo and together, they've led bands, worked as sidemen and written great songs.

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World Cafe
9:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Moon Taxi On World Cafe

Nashville's Moon Taxi.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 10:26 pm

You might be tempted to call World Cafe's Sense of Place: Nashville guest Moon Taxi a jam band — that is, if its instrumental excursions weren't so concise, carefully thought-out and frequently refined in the years it's spent touring.

The quintet formed at Belmont University in Nashville and released its debut, Melodica, in 2007. Moon Taxi's second studio album, Cabaret, came out last year. Here, the band performs an intricate live set and discusses what makes Nashville's independent music scene special.

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