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The Barr Brothers On World Cafe | January 5, 2012

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The Barr Brothers' self-titled debut is a powerful and moving folk record: It combines delicate harp arrangements with a rock 'n' roll sensibility and richly interwoven instrumentation. It's both a powerful record and a product of the uncanny series of events that led to the band's formation.

Brothers Andrew and Brad Barr were touring in Canada with an experimental rock band when a fire broke out in the Montreal club where they were performing. As everyone left to seek safety in the rain outside, Andrew offered his jacket to a waitress named Meghan Clinton. Clinton, now The Barr Brothers' co-manager, encouraged the pair to relocate to Montreal. Brad moved in next door to harpist Sarah Page, whose music he heard through the wall that separated their apartments and ultimately became a major influence on his songwriting. Page and the Barr brothers joined forces with Andres Vial, a talented multi-instrumentalist, and the band was complete.

The Barr Brothers, released three years later, maintains a rich variety in songwriting, from lullabies like "Cloud" to the toe-tapping likes of "Give the Devil Back His Heart." Here, the band performs on World Cafe.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

The Slip "Children of December" Eisenhower
Wild Flag "Romance" Wild Flag
U2 "Desire" Rattle and Hum

((The Barr Brothers "Beggar In The Morning" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Barr Brothers "Beggar in the Morning" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Barr Brothers "Old Mythologies" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Barr Brothers "Give the Devil Back His Heart" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Deer Tick "Houston, TX" Born On Flag Day))

The Head and the Heart "Winter Song" The Head and the Heart
Death Cab for Cutie "The New Year" Transatlanticism
Laura Marling "Sophia" A Creature I Don't Know

((Girls "Curls" Girls))

Hour 2

Dawes "If I Wanted Someone" Nothing is Wrong
Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
Thin Lizzy "Wild One" Dedication
Middle Brother "Me Me Me" Middle Brother
Dwight Yoakam "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" This Time

((Fanfarlo "Ghosts" Reservoir))

St. Vincent "Surgeon" Strange Mercy
Pete Yorn "Strange Condition" Musicthemorningafter
My Morning Jacket "Holding On to Black Metal" Circuital
Foster the People "Don't Stop" Torches
Brad "The Day Brings" Interiors

((Marissa Nadler "In Your Lair, Bear" Marissa Nadler))

Patty Griffin "Heavenly Day" Children Running Through
Ryan Bingham "Southside of Heaven" Mescalito
Dr. Dog "Black Hole" Be the Void