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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wild” by Molly Burch

Molly Burch | photo courtesy of the artist

Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch has just released her sophomore album, First Flower on Captured Tracks.

A Los Angeles native, Burch released her debut album, Please Be Mine, in 2017 after studying jazz vocal performance Performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. The album was a collection of songs with their hooks in the sounds of 70s Laurel Canyon, nods to the Girl Groups of the 60s, various steos into the past yet sounding current. Burch’s new album continues to build on her debut. It’s the kind of record, says The Fader, that “sends you into another era.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” by Al Green

Al Green | photo by Erika Goldring | courtesy of the artist

Al Green has released his first new single in almost a decade, “Before The Next Teardrop Falls.” The song was originally recorded by country singer Duane Dee in 1968, and popularized by Freddy Fender in 1975.

Green recorded the song as part of Amazon’s Produced By series at Sam Phillips Studios Memphis with producer Matt Ross-Spang. The series also includes new songs by Margo Price, John Prine and William Bell. Continue reading →

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Watch The Dixie Hummingbirds in concert for XPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul

The Dixie Hummingbirds | Photo by Ellen C Miller for WXPN

On Wednesday evening, August 29th, the legendary Dixie Hummingbirds kicked off their 90th year anniversary celebration with a live show for the Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. A standing room only crowd was presented with a concert that was part musical celebration, part history lesson and paid tribute to the Hummingbirds of the past and connected to the current group, Ira Tucker Jr., Carlton Lewis III, Lyndon Baines Jones, Torrey Nettles, Troy Smith, and Roy Smith. Continue reading →

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Just released: Live At the World Cafe, Volume 44


Hot off the presses, Live At the World Cafe, Volume 44 is available now for a donation. The 17 song collection includes Cafe performances from Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Moby, Natalie Prass, Mt. Joy, Nathaniel Ratefliff and the Night Sweats and many more.

You can get a copy of the new collection of World Cafe tracks by donating here. Check out the full track list below.

Live at the World Cafe, Volume 44

1. Brandi Carlile “The Joke”
2. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “A Little Honey”
3. Margo Price “Heart Of America”
4. Natalie Prass “Short Court Style”
5. Mt. Joy “Silver Lining”
6. Lo Moon “Loveless”
7. First Aid Kit “You Are The Problem Here”
8. Lake Street Dive “Musta Been Something”
9. Blind Boys Of Alabama “I Can See”
10. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds “Holy Mountain”
11. Sunflower Bean “I Was A Fool”
12. Moby “The Sorrow Tree”
13. Courtney Marie Andrews “Kindness Of Strangers”
14. Darlingside “Eschaton”
15. Lizz Wright “Singing In My Soul”
16. Sunny War “If It Wasn’t Broken”
17. Jen Cloher “Analysis Paralysis”