Yearly Archives: 2019

Elle Varner – 7/15/19

    This week Elle Varner is our in-studio guest, playing songs from a new mixtape called “Ellevation.” This is Elle’s first new set of songs since her 2012 hit debut “Perfectly Imperfect.” Now 30, Elle Varner expands beyond her early pop and hip hop sound, and talks about the evolution on this week’s show, recorded at


    This Week’s Show (#1279): Week of 7/15/19

      Segment One: July releases from the past, including Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Richard Thompson and Regina Spektor. Segment Two: An acoustic take from local Natives and our visit with Elle Varner in Bushwick. Segment Three: New music from The Head & The Heart, posthumous J.J. Cale, a new album from Sunny War and Secret Sisters


      Josh Ritter (@ The Leon Loft) – 7/8/19

        Josh Ritter, one of our favorites, joins us for songs from his new album “Fever Breaks.” His 10th album in 20 years, “Fever Breaks” was produced by Jason Isbell, and Jason’s band The 400 Unit backed up Josh for the recording. Our session with Josh was recorded at the end of May at The Leon


        This Week’s Show (#1278): Week of 7/8/19

          Segment One: Song #1 called “One” from India Arie, Iron & Wine with Calexico, Joy Williams with front porch music, new Vampire Weekend and Buddy & Julie Miller recorded at their home in Nashville. Segment Two: A new version of a Freddie Mercury track from 1986 and our visit with Josh Ritter at The Leon Loft.


          Mike Skill (of The Romantics) – 7/1/19

            In honor of the 4th Of July, it’s an All-American Made Acoustic Café this week… including some American Made Rock & Roll with Mike Skill of The Romantics. From the Detroit punk scene of the 70s, The Romantics broke through with huge hits in the 80s (“What I Like About You,” “Talking In Your Sleep,”


            Rodrigo y Gabriela- 6/24/19

                Rodrigo y Gabriela join us in the studio this week for songs from their 2019 album “Mettavolution.” For their first album in 5 years, the instrumentalists tried new things to create the original work, and also re-imagined the 24 minute Pink Floyd classic from 1971 called “Echoes.” Our session was recorded at MusicTown Detroit.


              Buddy & Julie Miller – 6/17/19

                This week marks the return of Buddy & Julie Miller! Their first album together in a decade is called “Breakdown On 20th Ave. South,” and that’s exactly where I spoke with both in their living room studio. While Buddy was busy playing on the road and producing in the studio (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke, Ralph


                Susan Werner – 6/10/19

                  Susan Werner returns to us this week, playing songs from her latest collection of themed tunes called “NOLA.” Susan created new songs in The Big Easy, and speaks to the influence of the late Dr. John, Professor Longhair, jazz, blues and more.


                  Lucius – 6/3/19

                      The band LUCIUS stops by this week for some songs, old and new, from the latest album “NUDES,” and a great Motown cover! Holly, Jess and the band recorded “NUDES” quickly, while they were on tour with Roger Waters. Cool conversation and cool music this week on Acafe!


                    Tyler Ramsey – 5/27/19

                        This week, Tyler Ramsey is our in-studio guest, playing songs from his new album “For The Morning.” After 10 years with Band Of Horses, Tyler decided it was time to spend more time with his growing family, move to the country, and get back to his solo work.

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