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Ani DiFranco on World Cafe | June 13, 2012

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This week, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of New Orleans with the series Sense of Place.

As a transplant to the funky Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans, East Coast native Ani DiFranco has a fresh perspective on life in the Crescent City. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, a relative newcomer to the area, was quick to offer World Cafe's David Dye a tour of her favorite neighborhood haunts.

Quickly acclimating herself to music and activism in the city, DiFranco found her way to the Roots of Music Program. The organization, run by Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tab, supports an effort to fill a void in the city's music education system, an integral component to New Orleans' cultural spirit.

In her quest to seek out great local bands in New Orleans, DiFranco stumbled upon the up-and-coming roots-rock group Hurray for the Riff Raff. The group's blend of honky-tonk, soul and rock 'n' roll is spearheaded by 25-year-old Alynda Lee Segarra. At 17, Segarra left her home in the Bronx, hopping from one freight train to the next until she found her way to New Orleans. Arriving just weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck, Segarra found her inspiration when she teamed up with the city's street musicians to write and perform. Her latest album, Look Out Mama, explores American roots music through the lens of the young traveler.

World Cafe Sense of Place is made possible by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation. (link)


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The Subdudes "All the Time in the World" Recorded Live for the World Café
The Radiators "Like Dreamers Do" Law of the Fish
Anders Osborne "When Will I See You Again" Black Eye Galaxy
((Cate Le Bon "Shoeing the Bones" Me Oh My))
Anders Osborne & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux "Junko Partner" Bury the Hatchet
Ani DiFranco "O My My" Evolve
Louis Armstrong "Stormy Weather" American Songbook
Ani DiFranco "Which Side Are You On?" Which Side Are You On
Ani Difranco "Red Letter Reprise" Red Letter Year
Ani Difranco "What How When Where (Who Who)" Revelling/Reckoning
((Ani Difranco "Which Side Are You On" Which Side Are You On))
Hurray For The Riff Raff "Look Out Mama" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Hurray For The Riff Raff "What's Wrong With Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Hurray For The Riff Raff "Small Town Heroes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe


Polica "Dark Star" Give You the Ghost
The Kinks "This Time Tomorrow" Lola vs. Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1
Dr. Dog "Lonesome" Be the Void
Pete Yorn "Strange Condition" Musicforthemorningafter
Steve Winwood "Cigano" About Time
((Two Cow Garage "Sweet Saint Me" Sweet Saint Me))
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Smoke Ring For My Halo
Metric "Youth Without Youth" Synthetica
The Tallest Man on Earth "1904" There is No Leaving Now
Iron & Wine "Boy With a Coin" Boy With a Coin
((Dan Mangan "Sold" Nice, Nice, Very Nice))
Father John Misty "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" Fear Fun
Warren Zevon "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" Best of Warren Zevon
Alejandro Escovedo "Man of the World" Big Station
Tom Petty "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Spiritualized "Hey Jane" Sweet Heart Sweet Light
((Yeasayer "Worms" All Hour Cymbals))