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Grace Woodroofe On World Cafe| January 25, 2011

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Grace Woodroofe is only 21, but her warm and wise music marks her as an old soul. Born in Australia, the blues-folk singer was discovered by actor Heath Ledger when she was 16. The self-taught guitarist and singer subsequently relocated to California to record and develop her sound.

Four years later, Woodroofe has worked with blues-rock star Ben Harper and signed a label deal. She's toured with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Cat Power and polished her emotive vocals on her debut album, Always Want. It's a whirlwind collection, switching from sultry to stormy to contemplative and back again with wild abandon.

Released first in Australia, Always Want just officially made its way to the U.S. this month. Woodroofe's mature style has already attracted comparisons to Fiona Apple and Amy Winehouse, both for her grasp of dark blues and for her commanding vocal presence.

In this session, Woodroofe performs a few songs — including "H," which she wrote about Heath Ledger after his death — and she and host David Dye discuss the effect Ledger's death had across Australia.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Dr. Dog "That Old Black Hole" Be the Void
Thievery Corporation "The Numbers Game" Radio Retaliation
Trombone Shorty "On the Way Down" Backatown

((Sarah Jarosz "The Tourist" Follow Me Down))

Grace Woodroofe "I've Handled Myself Wrong" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Grace Woodroofe "Transformer" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Grace Woodroofe "H" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((The Parson Red Heads "Time Is Running Out" Yearling))

Leonard Cohen "Darkness" Old Ideas
John Martyn "I'd Rather Be the Devil" Sweet Little Mysteries
The War On Drugs "Brothers" Slave Ambient

Hour 2

Peter Gabriel "That Voice Again" So
Novalima "Festejo" Karimba
Suzanne Vega "Left of Center" Pretty In Pink Soundtrack
The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow
Fleet Foxes "Grown Ocean" Helplessness Blues

((The Smith Westerns "Dye The World" Dye It Blond))

Kathleen Edwards "Sidecar" Voyageur
The Tallest Man On Earth "The Dreamer" Sometimes the Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
Great Lake Swimmers "Easy Come Easy Go" New Wild Everywhere
Jules Shear "If She Knew What She Wants" Horse of A Different Color

((Golden Animals "Try On Me" Free Your Mind And Win A Pony))

The Civil Wars "Poison & Hollow" Barton Hollow
Chris Whitley "Look What Love Has Done" Living With the Law
Dawes "A Little Bit of Everything" Nothing is Wrong
Gregg Allman "These Days" Laid Back

((Forro In The Dark "Cajuina" Bonfires Of Sao Joao))