David Dye http://nhpr.org en Night Beds On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/night-beds-world-cafe <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/165141354/night-beds" target="_blank">Night Beds</a> is the work of Winston Yellen, who originally started making music in his hometown of Colorado Springs. But he traveled to Nashville to write the songs for Night Beds' debut album, <em>Country Sleep</em>, in a pre-Civil War cabin once owned by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15165794/johnny-cash" target="_blank">Johnny Cash</a>.<p>The lyrics may have come from Nashville, but the record's open, dusty sound is pure Colorado<em>. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:37:00 +0000 David Dye 24885 at http://nhpr.org Night Beds On World Cafe Kail Baxley: Music From An Amateur Boxer Who Danced For James Brown http://nhpr.org/post/kail-baxley-music-amateur-boxer-who-danced-james-brown When Kail Baxley was a kid growing up in Williston, S.C., <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15316566/james-brown" target="_blank">James Brown</a> used to challenge him to dance-offs. Baxley didn't win so much. He did better as an amateur boxer — his key to getting out of the small town and traveling to Europe and Africa.<p>Baxley eventually became as obsessed with playing guitar and writing songs as he was with boxing. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:30:00 +0000 David Dye 24809 at http://nhpr.org Kail Baxley: Music From An Amateur Boxer Who Danced For James Brown Next: Waxahatchee http://nhpr.org/post/next-waxahatchee The world is catching up with Katie Crutchfield and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/166018370/waxahatchee" target="_blank">Waxahatchee</a>, and with good reason. Her shows at SXSW, including <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/173425493/waxahatchee-live-in-concert-sxsw-2013">an NPR showcase</a>, were greeted rapturously. Her new album, <em>Cerulean Salt,</em> is a sonic leap forward from her debut, <em>American Weekend,</em> which was recorded in a bedroom in Alabama. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:08:00 +0000 David Dye 24762 at http://nhpr.org Next: Waxahatchee Beach House On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/beach-house-world-cafe Sitting down with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395451/beach-house" target="_blank">Beach House</a> is a bit like listening to the band's music. No matter how many times we feature Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, they impress with their relaxed complexity and refreshing insight into how music can work.<p>Last May, the duo released its fourth album, <em>Bloom</em>, which dramatically boosted the profile of Beach House's dreamy, hazy sound. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:03:00 +0000 David Dye 21204 at http://nhpr.org Beach House On World Cafe Next: The Lions http://nhpr.org/post/next-lions In 2007, a dozen or so reggae and soul artists met in Los Angeles and eventually formed The Lions. Heavily inspired by the culture surrounding Jamaican music both old and new, the group is deeply rooted in soul, but also has a rough edge reminiscent of The Upsetters or The Rockers Band.<p>Members Deston Berry, Alex Désert and Malik Moore handle lead vocals, while Black Shakespeare produces the backing tracks. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:03:00 +0000 David Dye 20514 at http://nhpr.org Next: The Lions Star & Micey On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/star-micey-world-cafe Star &amp; Micey brings a fresh perspective on the Memphis music scene, where the band currently thrives; it was listed at No. 1 on <em>Paste</em> magazine's list of "12 Tennessee Bands You Should Listen to Now," and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/14/169324436/next-star-micey" target="_blank">it was also our <em>World Cafe: Next</em> artist this week</a>.<p>While in Memphis for our "Sense of Place" series, <em>World Cafe</em> managed to record an interview and performance with the group at Ardent Studios. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:09:00 +0000 David Dye 20435 at http://nhpr.org Star & Micey On World Cafe American Sound Studio On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/american-sound-studio-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.<p>Between 1967 and 1971, the studio produced approximately 120 hit songs. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:09:00 +0000 David Dye 20436 at http://nhpr.org American Sound Studio On World Cafe Lucero On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/lucero-world-cafe-0 In this "Sense of Place" installment, we meet the blue-collar Memphis rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/99404813/lucero">Lucero</a>, which performs a stripped-down session in Ardent Studio A, where they worked on their album <em>1372 Overton Park</em>.<p>In the beginning, Lucero was all about combining a punk aesthetic with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15295750/tom-waits">Tom Waits</a>' lyrical sensibility. Over the years, the Memphis sound has crept into the band's music, including a horn section on its last two albums. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:09:00 +0000 David Dye 20304 at http://nhpr.org Lucero On World Cafe Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/big-star-and-ardent-music-world-cafe 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.<p>Here, we talk with Jody Stephens, Ardent manager and drummer for Big Star, about recording with his now-deceased bandmates Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Andy Hummel. Stephens also praises Ardent owner John Fry, who started engineering at 14, for helping to forge Big Star's sound. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:09:00 +0000 David Dye 20305 at http://nhpr.org Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe Graceland On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/graceland-world-cafe In this installment of "Sense of Place: Memphis," we pay a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's storied estate. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:35:00 +0000 David Dye 20228 at http://nhpr.org Graceland On World Cafe Steve Cropper And Booker T. Jones On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/steve-cropper-and-booker-t-jones-world-cafe As part of <em>World Cafe</em>'s "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, Tenn., we've dug up archival interviews with two legendary Stax Records performers: guitarist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94110796/steve-cropper">Steve Cropper</a> and organist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16108454/booker-t-jones">Booker T. Jones</a>, both of Booker T. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:33:00 +0000 David Dye 20147 at http://nhpr.org Steve Cropper And Booker T. Jones On World Cafe Isaac Hayes On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/isaac-hayes-world-cafe As part of our "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, we dug into the <em>World Cafe</em> archives and pulled out a 2003 interview with Stax Records' best-selling artist, the late Isaac Hayes.<p>Before Hayes became known for the theme to <em>Shaft</em>, he was an in-house songwriter and producer for Stax; along with David Porter, he wrote the iconic hit "Soul Man" for Sam &amp; Dave.<p>Here, host David Dye speaks with Hayes about his beginnings at Stax, his work with Booker T. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:08:00 +0000 David Dye 20138 at http://nhpr.org Isaac Hayes On World Cafe Stax Records On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/stax-records-world-cafe Soul music, barbeque and Elvis Presley. <em>World Cafe</em> is spending this week getting the vibe of Memphis, Tenn., a city that — like New Orleans — has had an undeniable influence on all of American culture. Our "Sense of Place: Memphis" radio journey takes us to the five major studios where much of the music that came out of radios from the '50s to the '70s was made.<p>Sun, Stax, Ardent, Royal and American all pumped out hits with top-notch studio bands. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:00:00 +0000 David Dye 20139 at http://nhpr.org Stax Records On World Cafe Trey Anastasio On World Cafe http://nhpr.org/post/trey-anastasio-world-cafe In addition to leading <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17086603/phish">Phish</a>, one of rock's most beloved jam bands, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397579/trey-anastasio">Trey Anastasio</a> has built a successful solo career in the past 10 years with his Trey Anastasio Band. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:20:00 +0000 David Dye 20024 at http://nhpr.org Trey Anastasio On World Cafe