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Billy Bragg on World Cafe | May 6, 2013

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With a career spanning more than 30 years, English musician Billy Bragg blends folk, rock and punk with messages about politics and love. His new album Tooth & Nail is his first release in five years. A quieter and more introspective effort, it draws heavily from Mermaid Avenue, his collaboration with Wilco that brought previously unheard Woody Guthrie songs to life.

Here, Bragg plays songs from Tooth & Nail and talks with hostDavid Dye about the inspiration behind the album.

This segment originally aired on March 19, 2013 (Link)


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Wilco “She’s a Jar” Summerteeth
Wild belle “Keep you” Isles
Phish “Back on the Train” Farmhouse
((Trey Anastasio “Frost” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Billy Bragg “No One Knows Nothing Anymore” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Billy Bragg “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Billy Bragg “Handyman Blues” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Billy Bragg “Greetings to the New Brunette” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Last Bison “Switzerland” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings “This Land is Your Land” Up in the Air Soundtrack
Fitz & The Tantrums “Out of My League” More than Just a Dream
Booker T and the MG’s “Time is Tight” Time Is Tight
((Shuggie Otis “Miss Pretty” Inspiration Information))


The Police “So Lonely” Outlandos D’Amour
Treetop Flyers “Things Will Change” The Mountain Moves
Treetop Flyers “Postcards” The Mountain Moves
Todd Rundgren “Love the Common Man” Anthology
Van Hunt “Dust” Van Hunt
((Nirvana “Plateau” MTV Unplugged))
Iron & Wine “Grace for Saints and Ramblers” Ghost in Ghost
Scott Matthews “Place to Be” Way to Blue: Songs of Nick Drake
The Dream Academy “Life in a Northern Town” Living in Oblivion: The 80's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
The Shins “Simple Song” Port of Morrow
The Lone Bellow “You Never Need Nobody” The Lone Bellow
((Battles “Inchworm” Gloss Drop))
Polica “Tiff” Tiff
LCD Soundsystem “All My Friends” Sound of Silver