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Cass McCombs On World Cafe | February 21, 2012

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Born in Northern California in the 1970s, Cass McCombs grew to adopt a wanderer's lifestyle. Drawing from the places and people he's encountered on his journeys, McCombs has developed a searching, introspective style all his own, while touring with the likes of Band of Horses, Ariel Pink, The Decemberists, The Shins, Iron & Wine and Peter Bjorn & John.

Most recently, McCombs released two albums in 2011. His latest, Humor Risk, was created over a period of three years as he traveled across North America. With a keen sense of harmony and lyrical depth, McCombs pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk, and the result is infectious and revealing.

In this World Cafe session, Cass McCombs performs a few of his songs live, including his breakthrough ballad "County Line."(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Paul Simon "She Moves On" The Rhythm of the Saints
St. Vincent "Surgeon" Strange Mercy
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Please Read the Letter" Raising Sand
Delta Spirit "California" Delta Spirit
Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World" Freedom

((Cass McCombs "County Line" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Cass McCombs "The Lonely Doll" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Cass McCombs "Love Thine Enemy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Cass McCombs "County Line" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Cass McCombs "Love Thine Enemy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Kathleen Edwards "Sidecar' Voyageur
Modest Mouse "Dashboard" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" The King Is Dead
Chris Bathgate "No Silver" Salt Year

((Cass McCombs "Pregnant Pause" Dropping The Writ))

Hour 2

Aimee Mann "31 Today" Smilers
The Lumineers "Ho Hey" The Lumineers
The Morning Benders "All Day Daylight" Big Echo
Ryan Adams "Chains of Love" Ashes & Fire
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me a Tale" Tell Me a Tale
John Martyn "I Don't Want to Know" Solid Air

((The Revelations "Heavy Metal" Deep Soul))

The Alabama Shakes "Hold On" EP
Widespread Panic "Hope In the Hopeless World" Bombs & Butterflies
Bonnie Raitt "Right Down the Line" Slipstream

((Tyler Ramsey "Worried" A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea))

The War On Drugs "Brothers" Slave Ambient
Bob Dylan "Absolutely Sweet Marie" Blonde on Blonde
Polica "Dark Star" Give You the Ghost
The Church "Metropolis" Gold Afternoon Fix

((The Clientele "Queen Of Seville" God Save The Clientele))