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World Cafe Looks Back: World Cafe Looks Back: Country And Bluegrass| February 13, 2012

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

Last October, World Cafe took a trip through the world of bluegrass and country. As one half of the famous 1950s duo The Louvin Brothers, Charlie Louvin was inspired by Appalachian folk-music performers like the Delmore Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys. Joining Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in 1955, the Louvin Brothers stayed there until 1963, when they broke up amid the emergence of rock 'n' roll. Two years later, in 1965, Charlie's brother Ira died in a car crash.

In 2007, Louvin put out his first new studio album in more than 10 years. The self-titled record featured a number of songs in classic Louvin Brothers style. In this 2007 session, Louvin talks about the Southern gospel tradition of "shape note singing." He died in January at 83.

Next on the show, Merle Haggard helped define the Bakersfield sound, the type of country music that originated in Bakersfield, Calif., in the 1950s. While Nashville was becoming famous for slick production and orchestral strings, people like Haggard and Buck Owens combined hardcore honky tonk with the sound of Western swing, and played electrified instruments like Fender Telecasters to create music with rougher edges.

With many hits, Haggard earned tremendous attention for his 1969 song "Okie From Muskogee." The words attacked the hippie movement and struck a chord with many Americans. Haggard has continued to actively record over the decades, creating a body of work that has influenced many generations of country artists. Haggard stopped by World Cafe in 2003 after the release of Like Never Before.

Dolly Parton also appears on today's show, but we don't have permission to post the segment online.

This segment originally aired on October 11, 2011.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Ralph Stanley "O Death" O Brother Where Art Thou Original Soundtrack
The Louvin Brothers "Don't Laugh" When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of The Louvin Brothers
The Louvin Brothers "When I Stop Dreamin'" When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of The Louvin Brothers
Charlie Louvin "Knoxville Girl" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Alison Brown "The Wonderful Sea Voyage" Stolen Moments))

Dolly Parton "Little Sparrow" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dolly Parton "Marry Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dolly Parton "Jolene" The Essential Dolly Parton

((Laura Cantrell "Letters" Humming By The Flowered Vine))

Merle Haggard "Anniversary" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Merle Haggard "Two Timing Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Merle Haggard "Okie from Muskogee" Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard

Hour 2

Beth Orton "She Cries Your Name" Trailer Park
Dave Matthews Band "What Would You Say" Under the Table and Dreaming
Dave Matthews Band "Ants Marching" Under the Table and Dreaming
Cornershop "Brimful of Asha" When I Was Born for the 7th Time
Shawn Colvin "Sunny Came Home" A Few Small Repairs

((Annuals "Hair Don't Grow" Such Fun))

John Mayer "No Such Thing" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
John Mayer "My Stupid Mouth" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Verve "Bittersweet Symphony" Urban Hymns

((Metronomy "Some Written" The English Riviera))

Bright Moments "Tourists" Natives
Bright Moments "Behind the Gun" Natives
Whiskeytown "16 Days" Stranger's Almanac

((Alberta Cross "The Thief And The Heartbreaker" Broken Side Of Time))