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Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls Strikes Out On His Own And Talks About Getting Old

Spinal Tap's legendary bassist drops by with a few songs from his new reflective solo record, Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing).

Derek Smalls On World Cafe

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Bettye LaVette On World Cafe

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At 72 years old, LaVette is back with a deep dive into Bob Dylan's songbook for her latest record Things Have Changed.

Bettye LaVette On World Cafe

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Bermuda Triangle Visit Wolrd Cafe, Share New Song 'Till The End Of Days'

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Jesse Lafser, Brittany Howard and Becca Mancari all maintain their own brilliant careers. What brings them together as Bermuda Triangle is friendship, pure and simple.

World Cafe Nashville: Bermuda Triangle

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Welles On World Cafe

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Jeh-Sea Welles has the look, the voice, the licks, the hooks and the attitude of a real rock star.

Welles on World Cafe

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Natalie Prass On World Cafe

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Rather than taking on an acid tongue, Prass digs into the sweeter possibilities — that tough times can make people stick together, stand up and be counted and even dance.

Natalie Prass On World Cafe

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Peter Hook On World Cafe

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Few musicians have more of a signature sound or personality than Hook. Hear a live performance and interview with the post-punk pioneer.

Peter Hook On World Cafe

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Willie Nelson sings about outliving friends, surviving death hoaxes and more on his latest album, Last Man Standing. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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With a career spanning more than five decades, Nelson is an American treasure. Over a cup of coffee, the 85-year-old talks about outliving old friends, practicing martial arts and life on a tour bus.

Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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Watch The Fairfield Four & The Campbell Brothers Perform Live

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Enjoy a Gospel Roots Of Rock And Soul concert with a rich variety of material from the African American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire.

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Robert Finley On World Cafe

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He's loved music and performing his whole life. Now, he has finally released his debut album in his early 60s.

Robert Finley On World Cafe

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Courtney Barnett On World Cafe

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The Australian artist's latest album Tell Me How You Really Feel is marvelous for many reasons. Barnett discusses writing about doubt while exuding total ease and artistic certainty.

Courtney Barnett On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: R.LUM.R

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His voice and style align him more with rising R&B crooners than with country hunks, but R.LUM.R is part of a Tennessee pop scene pairing classic song craftsmanship with innovative production.

World Cafe Nashville: R.LUM.R

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John Prine On World Cafe

You don't have to have heard John Prine's music before to feel instantly connected to him. His songs are an invitation to come along.

John Prine On World Cafe

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Charley Crockett On World Cafe

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Though he's had some ups and downs, Crockett has come out on the other side with a cowboy hat, some amazing songs and a hard-earned version of optimism that's nothing short of inspiring.

Charley Crockett On World Cafe

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Middle Kids On World Cafe

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The trio is making waves, joining the likes of Tame Impala, Wolfmother and Courtney Barnett as top Australian rockers breaking big stateside.

Middle Kids On World Cafe

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Belly On World Cafe

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Members of the beloved 90's rock band discuss getting the party started again after 25 years since its debut album.

Belly On World Cafe

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Dr. Dog On World Cafe

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Hear how Scott McMicken's "F*** Dr. Dog" statement led to the band's latest album, Critical Equation.

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

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Donovan Woods On World Cafe

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Woods found success in Nashville co-writing for artists including Tim McGraw and Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. It was all just par for the course given his remarkable artistry.

Donovan Woods On World Cafe

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Soccer Mommy On World Cafe

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Leaving NYU and signing to Fat Possum Records, Sophie Allison details her tough decision to drop everything in pursuit of her music career.

Soccer Mommy On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Ashley Campbell

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She may be the youngest daughter of the late Glen Campbell, but this singer shines all on her own. Campbell's voice comes along with a sly wink and salty humor.

World Cafe Nashville: Ashley Campbell

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