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We’re revisiting Sting’s amazing interview from April when he passed through World Cafe to talk about his latest record, 57th and 9th. Sting shares the real-life moment in Paris’ red light district that inspired Roxanne, what The Police’s first American tour felt like, and what his grandchildren call him.

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If you’re a Sheryl Crow fan, at some point you’ve put on one of her old records for inspiration… Turns out – she does the exact same thing! Or at least she did when it came to make her latest record called Be Myself. We revisit our interview with Sheryl from later April, where we talked about recapturing her early 90s spirt and hear her perform new songs. She will be playing a sold out concert at the Jazz Festival on June 29th.

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Rhiannon Giddens and her producer Dirk Powell join World Cafe Nashville correspondent Ann Powers with the new album Freedom Highway. Giddens shares what it was like to inhabit African American voices from the past in songs like "At the Purchaser's Option" and how slavery was wrapped into the fabric of all of American society.

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The American political climate inspired a lot of the lyrics on Gov't Mule's latest rock 'n' roll record, Revolution Come... Revolution Go.

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  Our guest in this session is The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, whose new solo album is called Waiting On A Song. The record is a product of Auerbach's move to Nashville, where he met some of the heavy collaborators who appear on it — including John Prine, who co-wrote the title song. Waiting On A Song also features veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin, Grammy winner David Ferguson, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas and Mark Knopfler. In this session, Auerbach discusses how he got them to play on the album and performs some of the new songs.  

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21 year old Colter Wall has already begun turning heads in the country scene with high praise from big names like Steve Earle and Rick Rubin. Nashville correspondent Ann Powers uncovers the talent that has Music City buzzing, with a voice and depth of songwriting far beyond his years.

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Portugal. The Man's new single “Feel it Still” is a danceable earworm. In this interview the band reveals the covert messages the song contains about the social injustices today, and discuss the eclectic music festival feel of their upcoming album Woodstock.

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Gregg Allman died May 27, 2017, at the age of 69. He's remembered by the music world as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and one of the pioneers of Southern rock. We revisit Allman's last visit to World Cafe in 2011, when he performed songs from his seventh solo studio album, Low Country Blues. We also will visit with the Old 97's. 

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Indie rockers Pinegrove won over critics and fans with their warm, nostalgia-tinged 2016 album Cardinal. The Montclair, New Jersey band talks about friendship, community and why they decided to donate all the proceeds from a live version of their album to the Southern Poverty Law Centre. Then in hour two, a lively Latin Roots session with IFE

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On his third album, This Old Dog, Mac Demarco reaches a striking level of maturity, studying the work of his songwriting heroes James Taylor and Paul Simon, and penning a few pieces inspired by the failing health of his long absent father.

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