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Nels Cline On World Cafe | December 16, 2013

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This segment, from April 15, 2009, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

With a career starting in the late '70s and more than 100 album collaborations under his belt, Nels Cline is one of the most influential guitarists and composers working today. Expertly shifting from one genre to another, Cline has carved out a diverse recording career that includes work with Willie Nelson, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youthand, most recently, Wilco. In addition to the collaborations with big-name artists, Cline works closely with small jazz ensembles, and has released several solo albums.

While his past work focused more on acoustic guitar, he currently works with up to 15 effects pedals in order to achieve a particularly distorted sound. His latest record,Coward, travels through a range of styles, including acoustic, electronic, improv, delicate abstractions and a bit of electro-funk.

In a session with host David Dye, Cline takes us on a tour of the music that made him want to play guitar: The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and The Byrds. (via World Cafe)

Tracklisting

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The Waterboys “The Whole of the Moon” The Best of the Waterboys: 1981–1990
Broken Bells “Holding on for Life” After the Disco
Wilco “Art of Almost” The Whole Love
((Wilco “Impossible Germany” Sky Blue Sky))
The Beach Boys “Surfin’ USA” Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys
Jimi Hendrix “Manic Depression” Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The Byrds – Greatest Hits
The Byrds “Eight Miles High” We Have Ignition
Ravi Shankar “Kafi-Holi” The Essential Ravi Shankar
John Coltrane “Africa” Africa/Brass
Nels Cline “Cymbidium” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nels Cline “Rod Poole's Gradual Ascent into Heaven” Coward
((Nels Cline “Rod Poole’s Gradual Ascent Into Heaven” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Haim “The Wire” Days are Gone 
The Lemonheads “It’s About Time” Come on Feel the Lemonheads
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Bright Lit Blue Skies” Before Today 
Strawberry Alarm Clock “Incense and Peppermints” Nuggets from Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era
Ryley Walker “The West Wind” The West Wind EP
Ryley Walker “A Home for Me” The West Wind EP
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Déjà vu” Déjà vu 
The War on Drugs “Red Eyes” Lost in the Dream
((Choir of Young Believers “Hollow Talk” This Is For the Whites In Your Eyes))
Temples “Shelter Song” Shelter Song
The Jam “That’s Entertainment” Sound Affects
Squeeze “Wrong Side of the Moon” Argy Baby 
Norah Jones & Billie Joe Armstrong “Long Time Gone” Foreverly 
((Megan Reilly “Throw It Out” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Traffic “John Barleycorn Must Die” Troubadours of British Folk, Vol. 2: Folk into Rock
Phosphorescent “Ya Hey” Recorded Live at KCSN
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood “Some Velvet Morning” Greatest Hits
((Alt-J “Fitzpleasure” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))