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Luella & The Sun On World Cafe | October 10, 2013

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During World Cafe's annual summer visit to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, we finally met up with Luella & The Sun — a dark, raw and exciting roots band we've been watching for a while. The group is led by a charismatic Nashville singer, Melissa Mathes, and gritty guitarist Joe McMahan.

At the time of the festival, the band was still recovering from the aftermath of a devastating studio fire. Here, host David Dye talks with Mathes and McMahan about how they overcame the setback with the help of their community.

The band expects to release its debut album in 2014. (via World Cafe)


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Garland Jeffreys “Any Rain” Truth Serum
((Luella and the Sun “Judgment Day" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Luella & The Sun “Fly So Free” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Luella & The Sun “Sign of Judgment” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Luella & The Sun “I Got Soul” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Luella & The Sun “Ruler Of My Heart” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Luella and the Sun “Fly So Free” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
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