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A Holiday Extravaganza From World Cafe | December 23, 2011

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On today's special, Christmas-themed episode of World Cafe, we're gathering several big-name artists and their best holiday songs to spread some seasonal cheer.

The prolific folk-rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson joins us from his home in Honolulu to share songs from his Brushfire label's Christmas compilation. Johnson describes the inspiration behind the songs, spins a few and discusses the charity to which he's donating the profits. Johnson's labelmate and tour buddy, Philly bluesman G. Love, also shares a holiday tune of his own.

Next, Carole King shares stories and songs from her new album, A Holiday Carole. A music legend with four Grammys, a career that spans five decades and 10 chart-topping albums, King describes the inspiration behind her song choices and plays material from A Holiday Carole, which features three generations of musicians from her family.

Finally, Scott Weiland — of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame — wraps up today's show with songs from his latest release, an orchestral Christmas record titled The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Hear Weiland play live and talk with World Cafe host David Dye about the album, Weiland's childhood experiences with holiday music, and his decision to go classical after years playing rock.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Robert Earl Keen "Merry Christmas From the" Gringo Honeymoon
Chris Isaak "Blue Christmas" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Frankie Lymon "It's Christmas Once Again" White Christmas and Other Doo Wop Christmas Classics

((Sufjan Stevens "Angels We Have Heard On High" Songs For Christmas))

Jack Johnson "In the Morning" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jack Johnson "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jack Johnson "Better Together" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
G. Love "Christmas Blues" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Jack Johnson "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" This Warm December))

Carole King "Christmas Paradise" A Holiday Carole
Carole King "Chanukah Prayer" A Holiday Carole
Carole King "New Year's Day" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((John Scofield "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas))

Hour 2

Pink Martini "We Three Kings" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Betty Wright "This Christmas" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Jason Gleason "Sleigh Bells And Wine" A Santa Cause))

Scott Weiland "The Christmas Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Scott Weiland "Winter Wonderland" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Scott Weiland "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Al Kooper "Winter Wonderland" Christmas Guitars))

Nat King Cole "The Christmas Song" The Christmas Song
Marketa Irglova "Oh Holy Night" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Loreena McKennitt "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Carols Of Christmas, Volume 2))