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Patty Griffin on World Cafe | July 8, 2013

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It's a middle-age milestone, dealing with a parent's death. Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin turns the experience into powerful moments on her latest album, American Kid. The album features songs inspired by everything from her dad exclaiming "Don't let me die in Florida!" to the gleam in her grandfather's eye on his own wedding day.

Since winning a Grammy for her gospel albumDowntown Church, Griffin has been touring with Robert Plant in Band of Joy; the two have made their own home together in Austin, Texas. Griffin joined us to play four songs from American Kid, and to tell some stories about her father. (Link)

This installment of World Cafe was first published on June 7, 2013.


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Hour 1

Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Franz Ferdinand "Right Action" Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Nada Surf "See These Bone" Lucky
Robert Plant & The Band of Joy "Angel Dance" Band of Joy
((Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell "Bluebird Wine" Old Yellow Moon))
Patty Griffin "Don't Let Me Die In Florida" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patty Griffin "Wild Old Dog" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patty Griffin "Get Ready Marie" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patty Griffin "Ohio" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Gillian Welch "Look at Miss Ohio" Soul Journey))
Lloyd Cole "Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken" Rattlesnakes
Ryan Adams "Lucky Now" Ashes and Fire
Cayucas "High School Lover" Cayucos

Hour 2

The Jayhawks "Take Me With You" Hollywood Town Hall
Daughn Gibson "Kissin' on the Blacktop" Me Moan
Daughn Gibson "Phantom Rider" Me Moan
Finley Quaye "Even After All" Maverick a Strike
Bob Marley & The Wailers "Burnin' and Looting" Burnin'
Iron & Wine "The Desert Babbler" Ghost on Ghost
((Mayer Hawthorne "The Ills" A Strange Arrangement))
The Civil Wars "The One That Got Away" The Civil Wars
The Avett Brothers "I and Love and You" I and Love and You
Camera Obscura "New Year's Resolution" Desire Lines
((Grizzly Bear "Easier" Yellow House))
The Beatles "Mother Nature's Son" The Beatles
Fleet Foxes "White Winter Hymnal" Fleet Foxes
Jason Isbell "Stockholm" Southeastern
Pete Townshend "My Baby Gives It Away" Rough Mix
Jack White "I'm Shakin'" Blunderbuss