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Allen Stone on World Cafe | October 30, 2012

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Soulful singer-songwriter Allen Stone wasn't allowed to listen to secular music as a child. At a young age, he was exposed to religious music growing up in Washington state because his father was a pastor. In his teens, he dropped out of bible college and moved to Seattle to work on music. A veteran of the West Coast club scene, Stone has now released two albums, the second of which was recently reissued after he was picked up by a national label.

Stone earned his first national television appearance after the music booker for Conan O'Brien's talk show saw a YouTube video of Stone performing "Unaware" in his living room. Critics have been equally impressed, and frequently compare Stone to Stevie Wonder for his voice and socially conscious lyrics. In this edition of World Cafe, Stone performs three songs and discusses his religious background, his live shows and more. (link)

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Rolling Stones “Fool to Cry” Black & Blue
Gary Clark Jr. “Ain’t Messin’ Around” Gary Clark Jr.
The Allman Brothers “Trouble No More” Beginnings
The Bird & The Bee “I Can’t Go For That” Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1
Kindness “Swinging Party” World You Need a Change of Mind
((Dr. John "Big Chief" Gumbo))
Allen Stone “Your Eyes” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Allen Stone “What I’ve Seen” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Allen Stone “Sleep” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Stevie Wonder "Superstitious" Number 1's))
Benjamin Gibbard “Bigger Love” Former Lives
Doves “Black and White Town” Some Cities
The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” The Lumineers
Steve Earle “Guitar Town” Guitar Town
((The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout "Shoot Your Shot" Who Burnt The Bacon))
Polica “Wandering Star” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Joe Jackson “Is She Really Going Out With Him” Look Sharp
Minus the Bear “Steel and Blood” Infinity Overhead
Jose Gonzales “Down the Line” In Our Nature
Seawolf “Old Friend” Old World Romance
((Freelance Whales "Vessels" Weathervanes))
A.C. Newman “I’m Not Talking” Shut Down the Streets
Best Coast “Boyfriend” Crazy For You
The Kinks “Stop Your Sobbing” Greatest Hits
The Alabama Shakes “Hang Loose” Boys & Girls
((Dan Auerbach "My Last Mistake" Keep It Hid))
Dawes “Time Spent in Los Angeles” Nothing Is Wrong
The Great American Canyon Band “Young Lady” The Great American Canyon Band
Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” Babel
Mike Doughty “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well” Haughty Melodic
Olds 97’s “Busted Afternoon” Fight Songs
((The Pogues "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" The Essential Pogues))