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Meg Baird On World Cafe | November 29, 2011

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Philadelphia singer-songwriter Meg Baird nestles her songs at the convergence of her entrancing vocals and the sparse yet weighty sound of her acoustic guitar. Folk music runs in her blood: Baird is descended from one of the first recorded Appalachian players, Isaac Garfield Greer. From childhood, Baird has been shaped by all things folk; she even listened to Smithsonian Folkways LPs while she taught herself guitar and piano.

In 2002, Baird helped form the psych-folk band Espers, and released four albums reminiscent of '60s British folk. Her debut solo LP, 2007's Dear Companion, was a beautiful, confessional collection of acoustic arrangements and covers. She's since developed her sound, collaborating with her sister Laura as The Baird Sisters, touring with the likes of Bert Jansch, and backing Sharon Van Etten and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

For her latest work, Seasons on Earth, Baird retains much of the old-school finger-picking folk that marks her style. But the songs, most of which she wrote, are sturdier in their instrumentation with the addition of harp, pedal steel and electric guitar. Baird's quiet, simple vocals conceal a deep well of contemplation — of nature, of life — in the process establishing her as a strong contemporary figure in traditional folk.

In this session of World Cafe, Baird is accompanied by harpist Mary Lattimore.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Dr. Dog "Warrior Man" Be the Void
Feist "How Come You Never go There" Metals
The Smithereens "In a Lonely Place" Especially for You
The Black Keys "Lonely Boy" El Camino
The Allman Brothers "Come and Go Blues" Brothers and Sisters

((Meg Baird "Share" Seasons On Earth))

Meg Baird "Stairs Climb Up the Vine" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Meg Baird "The Land Turned Over" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Meg Baird "Share" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Meg Baird "Song For Next Summer" Seasons On Earth))

Fleet Foxes "White Winter Hymnal" Fleet Foxes
Ryan Adams "Lucky Now" Ashes & Fire
Kristy Maccoll "Innocence" Kite

((Sharon Van Etten "Save Yourself''))

Hour 2

Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
Wilco "Dawned on Me" The Whole Love
John Hiatt "Thing Called Love" Bring the Family
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head is an Animal
Talking Heads "Road to Nowhere" Little Creatures

((Big Country "In A Big Country" Big Country))

The Pogues "Sunny Side of the Street" Hell's Ditch
The Frames "Star Star" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Villagers "The Pact" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((The Pogues "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" Essential Pogues))

The Corrs "What The Stars Go Blue" Live on VH1
My Morning Jacket "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)" Circuital
Wild Flag "Romance" Wild Flag
The War on Drugs "Baby Missiles" Slave Ambient

((The Felice Brothers "Helen Fry" The Felice Brothers))