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Kail Baxley On World Cafe | April 2, 2013

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When Kail Baxley was a kid growing up in Williston, S.C., James Brown used to challenge him to dance-offs. Baxley didn't win so much. He did better as an amateur boxer — his key to getting out of the small town and traveling to Europe and Africa.

Baxley eventually became as obsessed with playing guitar and writing songs as he was with boxing. In this installment of World Cafe, he discusses how a trip to County Wicklow in Ireland led to the songs on Baxley's full-length debut, Heatstroke/The Wind and the War. Baxley and his band also play tunes from the album and discuss the inspiration behind "The Rebel." (Link)


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James Brown “Cold Sweat” CD of JB II: Cold Sweat and Other Classics
Boz Scaggs “Cadillac Walk” Memphis
Buddy Miller “Somewhere Trouble Don’t” Cruel Moon
((Kail Baxley “Heatstroke” Heatstroke))
Kail Baxley “Say Goodbye To the Night” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Kail Baxley “The Rebel” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Kail Baxley “Legend Of the Western Hills” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Kail Baxley “Boy Got It Bad” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Kail Baxley “Don’t Matter To Me” Heatstroke))
Tony Joe White “Polk Salad Annie” The Best Of Tony Joe White
Jack White “Love Interruption” Blunderbuss
Phoenix “Entertainment” Bankrupt
Spoon “The Beast And Dragon, Adored” Gimme Fiction
((Ray Lamontagne “Three More Days” Till the Sun Turns Black))


Billy Bragg “Valentine’s Day Is Over” Worker’s Playtime
Frank Turner “Recovery” Tape Deck Heart
U2 “Angel Of Harlem” Rattle And Hum
Leonard Cohen “Tower Of Song” I’m Your Man
Band Of Horses “Laredo” Infinite Arms
((Le Tigre “Mediocrity Rules” From the Desk Of Mr. Lady))
The Postal Service “A Tattered Line Of String” Give Up (Reissue)
The Blue Nile “A Walk Across Rooftops” A Walk Across Rooftops
Tracy Chapman “Across The Lines” Tracy Chapman
Wild Belle “Isles” Keep You
((Toro Y Moi “High Living” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
UB40 “Breakfast In Bed” UB40
David Wax Museum “Harder Before It Gets Easier” Knock Knock Get Up
Phosphorescent “Song for Zula” Muchacho
The Byrds “Wasn’t Born To Follow” The Byrds Box Set (Cruising Altitude)
Parquet Courts “N. Dakota” Light Up Gold
((Weezer “Only In My Dreams” Blue Album))