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Cody Chesnutt on World Cafe | January 4, 2013

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Cody ChesnuTT's debut album, 2002's The Headphone Masterpiece, was the result of two years spent recording alone in his bedroom. The double-length record is at once both sprawling and intimate; it encompasses a wide array of genres, but ChesnuTT sings and plays nearly every part.

Released a full decade later, ChesnuTT's second album — Landing on a Hundred — finds the singer with a different lifestyle and a different approach to recording. He now lives in Florida with his wife and two children, a far cry from the solitude of the Los Angeles bedroom he used to call home. He also decided not to perform this record entirely by himself, and instead enlisted the help of session players pulled from throughout the South.

The result retains ChesnuTT's unmistakable style, but with a stronger focus on the classic soul sounds of the '60s and '70s. "I just tried to study, you know, what makes these records last from generation to generation," he tells World Cafe host David Dye. "I wanted that feeling, along with what is relevant right now."

Although ChesnuTT had a team of musicians backing him for the recording of Landing on a Hundred, he plays solo throughout this session of World Cafe, performing stripped-down versions of his songs with just piano and guitar. (Link)


(( )) for interlude music


The Samples “Waited Up” The Samples
Guards “Silver Lining” In Guards We Trust
Neko Case “Hold On, Hold On” Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
The Yardbirds “For Your Love” For Your Love
Divine Fits “My Love is Real” A Thing Called Divine Fits
The Roots “The Seed” Phrenology
((Nightmares on Wax “Les Nuits” Carboot Soul))
Cody Chesnutt “Love is More Than a Wedding” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Cody Chesnutt “Everybody’s Brother” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Cody Chesnutt “Under the Spell of The Handout” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Ray Charles “Rockhouse” The Birth of Soul Vol 2))
Django Django “Default” Django Django
Joseph Arthur “Even Tho” Our Shadows Will Remain
((Joseph Arthur “Spaceman” Recorded Live for the World Cafe)


Beach House “Lazuli” Bloom
The Tallest Man on Earth “1904” There is No Leaving Now
The Last Bison “Switzerland” Inheritance EP
The Jayhawks “Tailspin” Rainy Day Music
Beirut “Santa Fe” The Rip Tide
((David Wax Museum “Vivian” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Tanlines “All of Me” Mixed Emotions
Nada Surf “Whose Authority” Lucky
David Wax Museum “Will You Be Sleeping” Knock Knock Get Up
Buffalo Springfield “On The Way Home” Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield
The Head and the Heart “Lost in My Mind” The Head and the Heart
((The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys))
The Beach Boys “Heroes and Villains” Smiley Smile
Stephen Stills “Love the One You’re With” Stephen Stills
The Replacements “Kiss Me on the Bus” Tim
New Order “Love Vigilantes” Low-Life
Mahavishnu Orchestra “Open Country Joy” Birds on Fire