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World Cafe
11:25 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin On World Cafe

Paul Franklin (left) and Vince Gill.
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Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 2:34 pm

Country Music Hall of Famer and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill visited the WXPN studio, and in tow was renowned steel guitarist Paul Franklin. Together, they pay tribute to two other noteworthy figures in country music: Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

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Favorite Sessions
9:36 am
Thu November 28, 2013

John Mayer, 'Waitin' On The Day' (Live)

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"You may have to go someplace like Montana to 'get' this record." John Mayer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro about his new album, Paradise Valley.
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Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 3:20 pm

John Mayer has made multi-platinum albums, won Grammys, dodged paparazzi, kind of self-destructed, escaped to Montana and spent more than a year without speaking or singing publicly to allow his damaged vocal chords to heal.

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Music Interviews
4:24 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

John Mayer On Getting His Voice Back

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 10:04 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Tomorrow on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer brings his guitar and his quick wit to our studios.

JOHN MAYER: It's like guitar tuning and paper medical records are like the two things that you look at and you're like, how is this still happening?

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Commentary
4:24 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

The Legend Behind 'Honky Tonk Heroes'

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 10:04 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In the 1970s, a shift began in country music, away from the slick production of Nashville toward a rougher sound in both lyrics and instrumentation. The movement was called Outlaw Country and its effect is still felt today with mainstream country artists sometimes striving for outlaw credibility. This month, an outlaw country classic was reissued. Waylon Jennings "Honky Tonk Heroes" and that got music critic Meredith Ochs thinking about the record's legacy.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Latin Roots: Celebrating Thanksgiving With Flavor

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
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Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 2:33 pm

This episode of World Cafe is a special one: Thursday's Latin Roots episode coincides with Thanksgiving. For the occasion, we invited editor Judy Cantor-Navas of Billboard magazine to play some of her favorite Latin songs about food. As she puts it, these are songs with "sabor" — flavor. In this case, the selected songs may also feature double entendres. Listeners will hear from El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, a band celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as tunes from other artists.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Whitehorse On World Cafe

Whitehorse.
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For our Sense of Place: Toronto series, we welcome the duo of Whitehorse to the WXPN studio. The members of the band — Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland — happen to be married. The two had successful and separate solo careers in Canadian folk and rock, but decided to join forces musically in 2011. Their self-titled debut record came out shortly afterward.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Robbie Robertson On World Cafe

Robbie Robertson.
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Toronto's own Robbie Robertson appears on this special episode of World Cafe as our Sense of Place series continues. Robertson served as lead songwriter and guitarist for the Canadian-American roots rock group The Band.

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All Songs Considered
2:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

5 Soundtracks For Awkward Family Gatherings

Thanksgiving small talk can be stressful. We've got the soundtrack for those awkward pauses.
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It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means many of us will be sitting in a living room or around a dining table for hours on end with relatives we hardly know. Good times! In situations like this, the conversation is just as likely to flow like molasses as wine, so it's important to have great music playing at all times to ward off the awkward pauses.

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Music Interviews
12:20 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 12:27 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. My next guest needs little introduction because John Legend is, at a young age, already an R&B legend. His musicianship, impeccable phrasing, versatility and buttery sound have earned him nine Grammy awards. But it's been a while since he's delivered a solo. But now he's back with a new disc of original material titled "Love in the Future."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL OF ME")

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The Fresh Air Interview
12:19 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

The Beatles on the stairs of NEMS — North End Music Stores, Brian Epstein's Liverpool record shop — having just signed a management deal, in 1964.
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Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:13 pm

England got a lot more of The Beatles than Americans did during the group's formative years. Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, Pop Go the Beatles. They performed originals and covers and chatted with BBC hosts.

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