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Janiva Magness On World Cafe | May 24, 2012

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Known for exploring the complexity of human hurt in ways that are both personal and universal, Janiva Magness is a widely praised blues and soul singer. Magness writes from a serious place, and fittingly, her music isn't to be taken lightly: She often weaves a difficult personal history into her songs, but, as her new album's title suggests, Magness pushes through tough times on Stronger for It.

Stronger for It arrives in the wake of a difficult year for Magness, who lost several people close to her and ended her 17-year marriage. Yet, as she explains in today's episode of World Cafe, she shaped those experiences into songs. She also discusses why she gravitated toward blues in the first place — a decision which may seem obvious to fans, but has a surprising answer. Here, Magness talks about Stronger for It and plays some of its songs live in the studio. (link)


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Lyle Lovett "Isn't That So" Release Me
RL Burnside "Rollin' and Tumblin'" Come On In
King Tuff "Keep On Movin'" King Tuff
((Jeremy Messersmith "Light Rail" Silver City))
Janiva Magness "I Won't Cry" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Janiva Magness "There It Is" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Janiva Magness "Whistling In the Dark" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((No Te Va Gustar "Arde" Por Lo Menos Hoy))
The Alabama Shakes "I Found You" Boys & Girls
Nirvana "All Apologies" MTV Unplugged in New York
Van Morrison "St. Dominic's Preview" St. Dominic's Preview
Lana Del Rey "Video Games" Born 2 Die
((The Helio Sequence "Back to This" Keep You Eyes Ahead))


Jackson Browne "For a Dancer" Late for the Sky
Father John Misty "I'm Writing a Novel" Fear Fun
Yeasayer "Wait for the Summer" All Hour Cymbals
Jack White "Love Interruption" Blunderbuss
Graham Parker "White Honey" Howlin' Wind
Mayer Hawthorne "The Walk" How Do You Do
((Black Dub "Silverado" Black Dub))
Passion Pit "Take a Walk" Gossamer
Luscious Jackson "Naked Eye" Fever In Fever Out
Dr John "Kingdom of Izzness" Locked Down
((Cotton Jones "Gotta Cheer Up" Paranoid Cocoon))
The Head & the Heart "Down In the Valley" The Head & the Heart
Shawn Colvin "All Fall Down" All Fall Down
The War on Drugs "Brothers" Slave Ambient
Citizen Cope "Bullet and a Target" The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
((Beastie Boys "14th St. Break" The Mix Up))

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