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The Relatives On World Cafe | February 27, 2013

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Founded by brothers Rev. Gean West and Tommie West, The Relatives first surfaced in the 1970s with the single "Walking On." With its rhythmic fusion of traditional gospel and psychedelic funk, the quintet became known for its energetic live performances. However, the group disbanded in 1980, disappearing from the music world without so much as a full studio album to its name — until now.

Forty years after forming, the band released its first record, The Electric Word, last week; its soulful gospel songs address issues like war, poverty and inequality. Hear The Relatives play a few tracks from The Electric Word and talk with World Cafe host David Dye about the 40-year road its members have traveled. (Link)



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Jack White “I’m Shakin’” Blunderbuss
Little Richard “Jenny Jenny” Best Of Little Richard
The Civil Wars “Long Time Gone” A Place at the Table
Rosanne Cash “Seven Year Ache” Seven Year Ache
The Black Keys “Run Right Back” El Camino
Pops Staples “Hope in a Hopeless World” Father Father
((The Relatives “What’s Wrong With America?” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Relatives “Let Your Light Shine” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Relatives “Your Love is Real” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Relatives “Trouble in my Way” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Beck “Loser” Mellow Gold))
Johnny Jenkins “I Walk on Guilded Splinters” Ton-Ton Macoute
Dr. John “Locked Down” Locked Down
The Lone Bellow “You Never Need Nobody” The Lone Bellow


Jerry Harrison “Cherokee Chief” Casual Gods
Phoenix “Entertainment” Bankrupt
MGMT “Electric Feel” Oracular Spectacular
The New Pornographers “My Right Versus Yours” Challengers
Bram Tchaikovsky “Girl of my Dreams” DIY: Starry Eyes: UK Pop, Vol. 2
((The Relatives “Let Your Light Shine” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Hanging Up My Heart” Old Yellow Moon
Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie Prince Billy “So Sad” What the Brothers Sang
Shannon McNally “I Must Be in a Good Place” Small Town Talk
Josh Ritter “Joy to You Baby” The Beast in its Tracks
((The Flaming Lips “The W.A.N.D.” At War with the Mystics))
Jamie Lidell “You Naked” Jamie Lidell
Beck “Girl” Guerro
Boz Scaggs “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl” Memphis
Elvis Costello “Everyday I Write the Book” Punch The Clock
The Avett Brothers “Live and Die” The Carpenter