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Big Country on World Cafe | August 2, 2013

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  • <p>Andy Labrow</p>

When Big Country founder and lead singer Stuart Adamson died in 2001, most would have assumed that the Scottish band was finished. But in 2007, the group reunited for a 25th-anniversary tour with a new lead singer in its lineup. Though Adamson was a hard man to replace, Big Country found comfort in recording and playing with Mike Peters, formerly of The Alarm.

With original Big Country member Bruce Watson at the helm, the band's new album came out last April and is titled The Journey. In this installment of World Cafe, hear the group perform a handful of old and new songs.


(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

The Band “Atlantic City” Jericho
Bombino “Amidinine” Nomad
Dan Auerbach “Heartbroken, in Disrepair” Keep it Hid
((Big Country “In A Big Country” Big Country))
Big Country “Chance” Recorded Live for the World Café
Big Country “The Journey” Recorded Live for the World Café
Big Country “Hurt” Recorded Live for the World Café
Big Country “In a Big Country” Recorded Live for the World Café
((Andrew Bird “Eyeoneye” Recorded Live for the World Café))
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective “What Color Are You?” Black Birds are Dancing
Of Monsters & Men “Little Talks” My Head is an Animal
Coke Weed “Anklet” Back to Soft
((Weezer “Only In Dreams” Weezer))

Hour 2

The Wallflowers “One Headlight” Bringing Down the Horse
Beck “I Won’t Be Long” Single
Beirut “Santa Fe” The Riptide
Yaz “Don’t Go” Upstairs at Eric’s
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” Sing to the Moon
((Cake “Sheep Go To Heaven” Prolonging The Magic))
Parquet Courts “You’ve Got Me Wondering” Recorded Live for the World Café
Langhorne Slim & the Law “The Way We Move” The Way We Move
Billy Bragg “Accident Waiting to Happen” Don’t Try This At Home
Frank Turner “Recovery” Tape Deck Heart
Cracker “Teen Angst” Cracker
The Hold Steady “Hurricane J” Heaven is Whenever
((Dr. Dog “Warrior Man” Recorded Live for the World Café))
Mumford & Sons “Babel” Babel
Kopecky Family Band “Heartbeat” Kids Raising Kids
Lesley Gore “You Don’t Own Me” Respect (Disc 1)
Alabama Shakes “I Found You” Boys & Girls 
((Foxygen “Shuggie” We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic))