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Michael Nesmith on World Cafe | June 25, 2013

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He's best known as the tall, hat-wearing member of The Monkees, but Michael Nesmith has worn many other hats in the last few decades. Nesmith recently finished up his first solo tour in 21 years, playing songs from both his original country-rock group (The First National Band) and his solo albums.

Nesmith's songwriting career dates back to before The Monkees' 1966 television debut. One year earlier, he'd written the song "Different Drum," finally scoring a hit when Linda Ronstadt popularized it in 1967. In this installment ofWorld Cafe, Nesmith discusses his pre-Monkees songwriting. You'll hear the original cover of "Different Drum," as well as a few of the songwriter's other famous hits. (Link)

Tracklist: 

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Hour 1

The Lumineers “Morning Song” The Lumineers
The Civil Wars “The One that Got Away” The Civil Wars
REM “Losing My Religion” Out of Time
Local Natives “Heavy Feet” Hummingbird
The Monkees “Last Train to Clarksville” Greatest Hits
The Stone Poneys feat. Linda Ronstadt“Different Drum” Evergreen Vol. 2
((The Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes” The Velvet Underground))
Michael Nesmith “Joanne” Live at the Britt Festival
The Greenbriar Boys “Different Drum” Best of the Vanguard Years
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band "Grand Ennui” Nevada Fighter
 Michael Nesmith & The First National Band "Grand Ennui” Nevada Fighter
((The Felice Brothers “Helen Fry” TFB))
Mayer Hawthorne “Her Favorite Song” Where Does This Door Go?
The White Stripes “My Doorbell” Get Behind Me Satan

Hour 2

Jamie N Commons “Have a Little Faith” Rumble and Sway EP
Mavis Staples "Can You Get to That" One True Vine
The National “Don’t Swallow the Cap” Trouble Will Find Me
Delta Spirit “California” Delta Spirit 
The Traveling Wilburys “Handle With Care” The Traveling Wilburys Vol. One
((The Smith Westerns “Dye the World” Dye It Blond))
T Rex “Hot Love” Hits
The Black Keys “Tighten Up” Brothers
KT Tunstall “Feel It All” Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon
Del Amitri “Always the Last to Know” Change Everything
The Avett Brothers “Live and Die” The Carpenter
((The Dodos “Walking” Visiter))
Patty Griffin “Get Ready Marie” American Kid
St. Vincent “Marry Me” Marry Me
Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire” Only by the Night
Phosphorescent “Song for Zula” Muchacho
((Laura Marling “Night Terror” Alas I Cannot Swim