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Listen to a new Gary Clark Jr. song, “The Healing” and see him at The Fillmore Philly in November

Gary Clark Jr. | Credit: Henry Strauss Photography
Gary Clark Jr. | Credit: Henry Strauss Photography

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the name of the highly anticipated new album by blues rocker Gary Clark Jr.. It’s the followup to his debut major label album, Blak and Blu, released in 2012. Clark wrote, produced, arranged the album, and played most of the instruments himself on the record which also includes his sisters, Shawn and Savannah Clark on backing vocals. Continue reading →

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Download a sampler of new songs by Noah Gunderson

Noah Gunderson | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/noahgundersenmusic
Noah Gunderson | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/noahgundersenmusic

As a singer-songwriter, Seattle based Noah Gunderson more than wears his heart on his sleeve. Since 2008 – when he released his first EP – the confessional self-reflective singer and songwriter has built an impressive following with his intense live performances, pouring his heart and soul into making connections with his fans through his emotionally impassioned songs. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of the classic “Sunshine” by Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards | Photo via http://www.newfrontiertouring.com/artist/jonathan-edwards/
Jonathan Edwards | Photo via http://www.newfrontiertouring.com/artist/jonathan-edwards/

The heritage singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards, who recently visited the World Cafe studios to record a session, was driving a truck when he wrote his big hit song “Sunshine” in 1971. Edwards, who’ll be on the radio show with David Dye on Monday, August 3rd, has a new album, Tomorrow’s Child, recorded in Nashville. On his new record, Edwards partnered with Darrell Scott and the collection features contributions from Allison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Vince Gill, and Joe Walsh. Continue reading →

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Listen to David Dye’s Heavy Rotation pick on Morning Edition: “Devil’s Whisper” by Raury

Raury | Photo by Faisal Mohammed
Raury | Photo by Faisal Mohammed

World Cafe host David Dye was on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, talking about a song he’s got in Heavy Rotation, “Devil’s Whisper” by Atlanta musician Raury.

About the song, Dye says “He’s part of a new group of musicians called young Atlanta, and he feels that with his music everything is equal -  hip hop is next to folk, next to some kind of funk, next to rock. It all makes sense as one music. You really hear that in this song. He talks about the church, he talks about that he’s not a reverend, but as he does that his rap gets more and more intense and you want to say Amen at some point.” Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Stunner” by Milky Chance

Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist
Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist

The German duo Milky Chance – Clemens Rehbein and Phillip Dausch – return to Philly tonight to headline the Skyline Stage at the Mann. The duo, still riding high with their with their global hit song, “Stolen Dance,” are touring with X-Ambassadors, who themselves have a hit song, “Renegades.” Continue reading →

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Throwback Thursday: Dick Clark interviews Robert Hazard on American Bandstand in 1983

Photo via Rolling Stone | http://archive.rollingstone.com/Desktop#/19811126/63
Photo via Rolling Stone | http://archive.rollingstone.com/Desktop#/19811126/63

He wrote “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” and on his own, hometown hero Robert Hazard broke out of the Philly music scene in the early 80s with his incredible live shows anchored by songs like “Escalator of Life” and “Change Reaction.” In 1983 Hazard and his band appeared on American Bandstand, and were interviewed by Dick Clark. Continue reading →