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Crashing: Oldermost and Sam Amidon bring quiet thunder to World Cafe Live

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the show on Tuesday night. My whole house was shaking from the thunder, and the lighting left little to the imagination as to the state of affairs beyond the confines of my four walls. But luckily, the violent stormfront passed quickly, and I was able to leave for the show right on time. Little did I know that Oldermost and Sam Amidon would bring their own, different kind of storm to World Cafe Live, that night. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Philadelphia, Church Girls and more…

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Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week on World Cafe, host David Dye focused on our own town with Sense of Place: Philadelphia. We heard interviews with The Roots and The Districts, listened to a lot of local music and maybe were even introduced to some new bands. Check out a collection of downloads from the series here (including live tracks from Cayetana) and listen back to the special program here.

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Folkadelphia Session: Sam Amidon


I could easily spend hours of your time talking about this week’s Folkadelphia Session featured artist Sam Amidon, but, as usual, I’d rather just let the music speak for itself. However I will talk briefly about how Sam Amidon became one of my favorite musicians.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steve Gunn at PhilaMOCA, Kopecky Family Band at Union Transfer, and The Jawn at Bourbon and Branch

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn will be playing PhilaMOCA tonight. Known for dabbling in different genres, Gunn has incorporated various styles into his eclectic sound including psychedelic, Gnawa and classical Indian music. He’s had a steady stream of new releases since his initial appearance on the scene and shows no sign of stopping, with this year alone producing three separate albums: a collboration with guitarist Mike Gangloff, Melodies for a Savage Fix; another with Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa; and just this month, his solo album, Way Out Weather. Be sure not to miss this music maniac tonight! For more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. You can check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance below. Continue reading →

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A focus on Fred Cockerham’s “Little Satchel” and a tight session with Mason Porter, tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

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Fred Cockerham

Nothing can stand in the way of true love or at least that’s what we’re led to believe. In fact, it seems, that many obstacles on this earth can block the meeting of two lovers. Such is the case in “Little Satchel,” a song composed by North Carolinian fiddle and banjo player Fred Cockerham. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neko Case at Electric Factory, Sam Amidon at Tin Angel, J. Cole at The Mann and more

Photo by Jason Creps
Photo by Jason Creps

This month indie-alt-Americana icon Neko Case released her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. The story of the record is pretty well encapsulated in its title, but you can hear Case dig into the depression and heartache that gave birth to this new collection of songs in this recent interview with World Cafe’s David Dye. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show with her New Pornographers bandmate A.C. Newman can be found at The Electric Factory‘s website; below, watch the music video for Case’s “Man.”

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Stream Sam Amidon’s “Bright Sunny South” via Pitchfork Advance (playing

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On his Nonesuch Records debut, Sam Amidon‘s restrained warble traces folk music back to the roots of traditional songs like “I Wish I Wish” and “As I Roved Out” while simultaneously recasting modern pop songs “My Old Friend” (Tim McGraw) and “Shake it Off” (Mariah Carey) in a new, heart-wrenching light.  Bright Sunny South will be released on May 14th but you can stream it in full at Pitchfork Advance here.  Sam Amidon performs at Johnny Brenda’s with Alessi’s Ark on June 16th; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream “My Old Friend” below.

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Listen to Sam Amidon cover Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 6/16)

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Folk singer Sam Amidon will make his Nonesuch Records debut on May 14th with Bright Sunny South, not long before he makes a stop in Philadelphia for a show at Johnny Brenda’sSouth falls in line behind the Vermont native’s 2010 album I See the Sign and includes a pair of covers (Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off” and Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend“) alongside shape-note hymns and other traditional compositions.  Amidon requested the production assistance of his long-time cohort Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett who, in addition to having worked with The National and Sharon Van Etten, also curated last year’s Burgundy Stain Sessions in New York City, which were featured on World Cafe.  Tickets for Sam Amidon’s June 16th concert with Alessi’s Ark go on sale tomorrow, April 24th, at noon.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch Amidon perform his cover of “My Old Friend” live, stream the album version and download “I See the Sign” from his Burgundy Stain Session here.

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My Morning Download: “I See The Sign” by Sam Amidon from The Burgundy Stain Sessions via World Cafe


This week for our My Morning Downloads, we’re featuring performances from the Burgundy Stain Sessions concert series. The World Cafe with David Dye recently featured performances from these sessions last week on the show. Keyboardist and songwriter Thomas Bartlett, who performs as Doveman, is the both host and accompanist for the Burgundy Stain Sessions series held at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. The sessions are intended to be an informal, fun and intimate in-the-round live concert experience where the musicians play backup to each other as well as perform their own material. Some of the musicians featured during these sessions included Glen Hansard, Hannah Cohen, Sam Amidon, Trixie Whitley, and Loudon Wainwright III. You can download a five song sampler here. Below, download Amidon’s “I See The Sign.”

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company