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KT Tunstall On World Cafe | June 14, 2013

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In the spring of 2012, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to work on her sixth album, Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon. But before she could return to finish the record, a lot happened in her personal life: The death of her father, as well as the dissolution of her marriage to drummer Luke Bullen, left Tunstall in a standstill. She eventually returned to Arizona to finish the album, only to realize that the songs she'd already written predicted the turmoil that would follow.

Tunstall's career was kick-started in 2004 with the success of her most popular song, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree." In this installment of World Cafe, the singer explains the story behind the well-known song.

Photo Credit Courtesy of the artist
Track List

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Hour 1

Peter Gabriel “Mercy Street” Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
Divine Fits “Ain’t That the Way” Ain't That the Way/Chained To Love
Doves “Black and White Town” Some Cities
Frightened Rabbit “The Woodpile” Pedestrian Verse
((KT Tunstall “Feel It All” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
KT Tunstall “Invisible Empire” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
KT Tunstall “Carried” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
KT Tunstall “Feel It All” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
KT Tunstall “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((KT Tunstall “Carried” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Little Green Cars “Harper Lee” Absolute Zero
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss “Fortune Teller” Raising Sand
((The Strokes “Last Night” Is This It))

Hour 2

The Pretenders “Time the Avenger” Learning to Crawl
Neko Case “That’s Who I Am” Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Little Feat “Willin’” Little Feat
Lord Huron “Time to Run” Lonesome Dreams
Prince “Sign O’ the Times” Sign O’ the Times
((Violent Femmes “Gone Daddy Gone” Violent Femmes))
Parquet Courts “You’ve Got Me Wondering” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Stone Roses “She Bangs the Drums” The Stone Roses
Kurt Vile “KV Crimes” Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze
Jimi Hendrix “The Wind Cries Mary” Are You Experienced?
The National “Don’t Swallow the Cap” Trouble Will Find Me
((Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)” Speaking In Tongues))
Of Monsters & Men “Little Talks” My Head is an Animal
The Olms “Wanna Feel It” The Olms EP
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Falling Slowly” Once: Music from the Motion Picture
Joseph Arthur “Saint of Impossible Causes” The Ballad of Boogie Christ
((Josh Ritter “Mind’s Eye” The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter))