Thu September 18, 2014
World Cafe

Selwyn Birchwood On World Cafe

Selwyn Birchwood.
Paul Natkin Courtesy of the artist

Today's World Cafe guest is Florida bluesman Selwyn Birchwood. Out of the Tampa area, Birchwood, who plays guitar and lap steel, started out self-releasing his music before winning the 2013 International Blues Challenge with his band. That led to a record deal — and his debut album, Don't Call No Ambulance.

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Wed July 30, 2014
World Cafe

Jarekus Singleton On World Cafe

Jarekus Singleton.
Paul Natkin Courtesy of the artist

Our guest today is Mississippi bluesman Jarekus Singleton, who recently released an album called Refuse to Lose.

Until an ankle injury short-circuited his athletic career, Singleton was a prospect in the NBA Draft out of college. As he recovered, he practiced guitar and later started writing. While he liked a number of genres, including hip-hop, he loved the blues and began playing in that style. We'll hear the full story from Michaela Majoun as Singleton joins World Cafe today.

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Thu July 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:08 am

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, seen here performing in Valencia in 2008, has died at age 70.
Diego Tuson AFP/Getty Images


Wed June 11, 2014
The Fresh Air Interview

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave (left) and Phil Alvin.
Beth Herzhaft Courtesy of the artist


Tue June 10, 2014
Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:10 pm

Keb' Mo'.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles, he first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the time he first adopted the stage name he now uses. In the time since, he has won three Grammy Awards and become one of the world's most decorated living performers of blues and roots music.

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Thu May 29, 2014
Mountain Stage

John Hammond On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:16 pm

John Hammond performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

John Hammond appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. One of America's foremost acoustic blues artists, Hammond began his career more than 50 years ago.

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Tue May 27, 2014
Mountain Stage

Dumpstapunk On Mountain Stage


Tue May 27, 2014
Mountain Stage

Robert Cray On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:20 pm

Robert Cray performed live in support of his latest album, In My Soul.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Robert Cray performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia. Unlike many blues guitarists of his generation, Cray found his way to his instrument not through the blues, but through The Beatles. And while his is now widely considered to be one of America's premier blues players, Cray's nimble vocals allow him to skirt the edges of R&B, soul and pop music.

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Sun February 16, 2014
Music Interviews

John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:49 am

Blues artist John Hammond is celebrating more than 50 years of recording with a live album called Timeless.
Marla Silver Courtesy of the artist

Coming up through the Greenwich Village folk scene, John Hammond collected the work of some of the greatest blues artists of all time. On his latest album, that music is presented as bare-bones and honestly as possible: just him, his guitar, his harmonica and a deeply appreciative audience.

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Sun January 5, 2014
Music Interviews

A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 11:13 am

Leo Welch's debut album is called Saboulga Voices.
Courtesy of the artist

The new year is a time of new beginnings, new resolutions, new projects and new directions. So it's a perfectly appropriate time of year for Leo Welch, at the age of 81, to put out his very first album.

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