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Billy Bragg on World Cafe | March 19, 2013

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With a career spanning more than 30 years, English musician Billy Bragg blends folk, rock and punk with messages about politics and love. His new album Tooth & Nail is his first release in five years. It is a quieter and more introspective effort, drawing heavily from Mermaid Avenue, his collaboration with Wilco that brought previously unheard Woody Guthrie songs to life.

Here, Bragg plays songs from Tooth & Nail and talks with host David Dye about the inspiration behind the album. (Link)


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The Slide Brothers "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers

Eels "Peach Blossom" Wonderful Glorious

Wilco "California Stars" Mermaid Avenue

((Tracy Grammer “Hard To Make It” Recorded Live For The World Cafe))

Billy Bragg "No One Knows Nothing Anymore" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Billy Bragg "I Ain't Got No Home In This World" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Billy Bragg "Handyman Blues" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Billy Bragg "Greetings to the New Brunette" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Meg Baird “Share” Seasons On Earth))

Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

Jack White "I'm Shakin'" Blunderbuss

Fitz & The Tantrums "Out of My League" More Than Just a Dream

((The Postal Service “Clark Gable” Give Up))

Talking Heads "Swamp" Speaking In Tongues

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale "I Lost My Job of Loving You" Buddy & Jim

Robert Palmer "Looking for Clues" Addictions Vol. 1

Morphine "Buena" Cure for Pain

Night Beds "Ramona" Country Sleep

((Dinosaur Jr “Drawerings” Where You Been))

Drive-By Truckers "The Righeous Path" Brighter Than Creation's Dark

Shovels and Rope "Birmingham" O' Be Joyful

The Black Keys "Tighten Up" Brothers

Spoon "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

((Foxygen “Shuggie” We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic))

Wild Belle "Keep You" Isles

Translator "Everywhere That I'm Not" New Wave Hits Vol. 4

James Blake "Retrograde" Retrograde

A3 "Woke Up This Morning" Woke Up This Morning

Bob Marley & The Wailers "Get Up, Stand Up" Burnin'

((The Lions “This Generation” This Generation))