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David Dye

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December 18, 2012

12:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
12:00 PM
Blister in the Sun
Artist : Violent Femmes
Album : Violent Femmes
Composer :
Label : Rhino / WEA
12:06 PM
Chained
Artist : The xx
Album : Coexist
Composer :
Label : Recordings
12:08 PM
The Maker
Artist : Daniel Lanois
Album : Acadie
Composer :
Label : Red Floor Records
12:12 PM
The Mountain
Artist : Levon Helm
Album : Dirt Farmer
Composer :
Label : Vanguard Records
12:16 PM
Freiderick
Artist : Sara Watkins
Album : Sara Watkins
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
12:20 PM
Gawd Above
Artist : John Fullbright
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
12:27 PM
Satan and St. Paul
Artist : John Fullbright
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
12:35 PM
Moving
Artist : John Fullbright
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
12:40 PM
By the Sea
Artist : Summer Fiction
Album : Summer Fiction
Composer :
Label : Summer Fiction
12:42 PM
Dear God
Artist : XTC
Album : Skylarking
Composer :
Label : Warner Music Latina
12:46 PM
Tessellate
Artist : AltJ
Album : An Awesome Wave
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
12:49 PM
Baby Missiles
Artist : The War on Drugs
Album : Slave Ambient
Composer :
Label : Secretly Canadian
12:52 PM
Halfway Home
Artist : TV On The Radio
Album : Dear Science
Composer :
Label : Geffen Records
12:58 PM
Damn Good Time
Artist : They Might Be Giants
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN

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World Cafe
5:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

American Sound Studio On World Cafe

American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tenn.
World Cafe

"Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin. "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield. "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. All of these legendary songs were recorded at Memphis' American Sound Studio, the last of the five studios we're featuring in our trip to Memphis as part of the quarterly "Sense of Place" series.

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World Cafe
2:27 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rev. John Wilkins On World Cafe

Rev. John Wilkins of Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla

We couldn't leave Memphis without a taste of the blues from gospel-blues singer and preacher Rev. John Wilkins. He's the son of Rev. Robert Wilkins, who wrote "Prodigal Son," a song famously covered by The Rolling Stones on Beggars Banquet.

Here, we've got a performance by Rev. John Wilkins with his band — and his daughters on backing vocals. During our interview, Wilkins spoke about his faith and his father, and even sings a version of "Prodigal Son" himself.

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World Cafe
2:27 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Royal Studio On World Cafe

The late Willie Mitchell of Royal Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Royal Studio

As part of our "Sense of Place" tour of Memphis, we're on to Royal Studio, where Al Green, Ann Peebles and others made some of the 1970s' most important soul music for Hi Records.

Most of that music was produced by the late Willie Mitchell. Here, we've dug up a 2005 interview with Al Green wherein he tells the story of how Mitchell helped him find his voice. We also talk with Mitchell's son, Boo, who grew up at Royal. His dad told him, "Don't turn Royal into a museum when I die." Don't worry; he hasn't.

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World Cafe
5:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Lucero On World Cafe

The Memphis rock band Lucero.
Andy Modla Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:13 pm

In this "Sense of Place" installment, we meet the blue-collar Memphis rock band Lucero, which performs a stripped-down session in Ardent Studio A, where they worked on their album 1372 Overton Park.

In the beginning, Lucero was all about combining a punk aesthetic with Tom Waits' lyrical sensibility. Over the years, the Memphis sound has crept into the band's music, including a horn section on its last two albums.

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World Cafe
4:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe

Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.
Andy Modla

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:25 am

Our "Sense of Place" visit to Memphis, Tenn., moves away from soul music to the place where some of the seminal American power-pop records were created. Ardent Studios is where the Memphis band Big Star made three albums that helped define the genre.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Graceland On World Cafe

World Cafe takes a tour of Graceland.
World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:29 am

In this installment of "Sense of Place: Memphis," we pay a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's storied estate. We hear from Kevin Kern, PR director for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Kern gives us a personal tour of The King's estate, shares how Graceland was really a home to the singer, explains why it might seem small to us today, and offers up a few facts listeners might not know.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sun Studio On World Cafe

Sun Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla Photography

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:32 am

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" spotlight on Memphis, Tenn., we have an interview with Sam Phillips, founder of the famed Sun Studio. In 2002, a year before the legendary producer died, Phillips shared his memories of his early days making records.

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World Cafe
3:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Next: Star & Micey

The Memphis folk-pop band Star & Micey.
Courtesy of the artist

Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., Joshua Cosby, Geoff Smith and Nick Redmond make up the folk-pop trio Star & Micey.

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World Cafe
3:33 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Steve Cropper And Booker T. Jones On World Cafe

Today's World Cafe features interviews with Steve Cropper (second from left) and Booker T. Jones (third from left), both part of the Stax Records house band.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:50 pm

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, Tenn., we've dug up archival interviews with two legendary Stax Records performers: guitarist Steve Cropper and organist Booker T. Jones, both of Booker T. & The M.G.'s.

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World Cafe
3:08 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Isaac Hayes On World Cafe

Isaac Hayes.

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:50 pm

As part of our "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, we dug into the World Cafe archives and pulled out a 2003 interview with Stax Records' best-selling artist, the late Isaac Hayes.

Before Hayes became known for the theme to Shaft, he was an in-house songwriter and producer for Stax; along with David Porter, he wrote the iconic hit "Soul Man" for Sam & Dave.

Here, host David Dye speaks with Hayes about his beginnings at Stax, his work with Booker T. Jones and the Memphis scene in general, which he called "wonderfully incestuous."

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