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Robbie Robertson on World Cafe | August 1, 2011

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As guitarist and principle songwriter for The Band, Robbie Robertson has made a lasting impact on Americana music. Since 1968, Robertson has released 14 albums with The Band, including four with Bob Dylan, and five solo records. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and ranked among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

His latest album, How to Become Clairvoyant, is an autobiographical song cycle reflecting on his life and experiences, as well as those of his friends, heroes and collaborators. On this episode of World Café, Robertson discusses the stories that inspired the album in an extensive interview, recorded in front of a live audience at the 11th annual NON-COMMvention radio conference in May.

This World Cafe performance originally aired June 30. (link)

Playlist:

HOUR 1

Robbie Robertson "Soapbox Preacher" Storyville
Raphael Saadiq "Go To Hell" Stone Rollin'
Los Lobos "Burn It Down" Tin Can Trust
Robbie Robertson "Straight Down The Line" How To Become Clairvoyant
Sonny Boy Williamson "Don't Start Me To Talking" Essential Sonny Boy Williamson
The Live Dylan With The Band "Like A Rolling Stone" London May 26, 1966
Robbie Robertson "This Is Where I Get Off" How To Become Clairvoyant
The Band "The Weight" The Last Waltz
Robbie Robertson "When The Night Was Young" How To Become Clairvoyant
Vetiver "Wonder Why" Errant Charm
Flying Burrito Brothers "Wild Horses" Farther Along

HOUR 2

Fleetwood Mac "Come A Little Bit Close" heroes Are Hard To Find
William Elliott Whitmore "Bury Your Burdens In The Ground" Field Songs
William Elliott Whitmore "Field Songs" Field Songs
Buffalo Springfield "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" Retrospective
The Head And The Heart "Sounds Like Hallelujah" The Head And The Heart
Foutains Of Wayne "Richie & Reuben" Sky Full of Holes
Cake "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" Comfort Eagle
Ra Ra Riot "Boy" Orchard
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears "Livin' In The Jungle" Scandalous
Booker T. & The MG'S "Hip Hug-her" Stax Box Vol. 7
Tinariwen "Tenere Taqqim Tossam" Tassili
Little Dragon "Shuffle A Dream" Ritual Union
Natalie Merchant "Carnival" Tigerlilly
Gomez "Options" Whatever's On Your Mind