Yearly Archives: 2019

Seratones – 9/16/19

    Seratones join us this week for songs from their brand new album “Power.” Led by the powerful vocalist A.J. Haynes, Seratones have pivoted from their punk rock styled debut to a roots-soul hybrid, welcoming new members and songwriting partners to the process.


    This Week’s Show (#1288): Week of 9/16/19

      Segment One: St. Vincent acoustically, new music from Velvet Negroni, Sheryl Crow with one of many guests, Keb’ Mo’ ridin’ the rails and Courtney Barnett live here. Segment Two: A cool string mix from Cold War Kids and our visit with Seratones. Segment Three: A new Vienna Teng song from the “SongWriter” podcast, Vienna here in 2006


      This Week’s Show (#1287): Week of 9/9/19

        Segment One: A British folk-rock gem from John Martyn,  second albums from Bedouine and Caamp, the duo Johnnyswim and Seratones live here. Segment Two: A new covers album, with a twist from Chrissie Hynde and our visit with Jade Bird at Musictown Studios, Detroit. Segment Three: Andrew Bird from his latest, Madison Cunningham’s debut, Moses Sumney and


        Jade Bird @ MusicTown Studios, Detroit – 9/9/19

          Jade Bird returns to Acoustic Café to play some songs from her self-titled debut. Following up her visit last year, the 21 year old U.K. roots songwriter talks about the new discoveries after a solid year of touring, the fast changes to her work and more. Jade was nominated for an Emerging Artist award at


          J.S. Ondara @ The Leon Loft – 9/2/19

            J.S. Ondara joins us this week as our in-studio guest, recorded with a live audience at The Leon Loft. Playing songs from his debut “Tales Of America,” Mr. Ondara also shares some priceless stories of his unique journey from Nairobi, Kenya to the United States, and his particular tale of America.


            This Week’s Show (#1285): Week of 8/26/19 (Words & Music)

              Segment One: Words and music from The Strumbellas, Robert Ellis, Lucius and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Segment Two:     Words and music from the great David Crosby, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash and Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers. Segment Three:     Words and music from Courtney Barnett, Kaia Kater and Susan Werner with humor for


              Kaia Kater – 8/19/19

                Our guest this week is Kaia Kater, who tells a compelling story on her new album “Grenades.” Tracing her family history after her father left Grenada, the Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist created the songs on “Grenades” from a series of interviews with her dad that she hopes to turn into a podcast someday.


                Courtney Barnett @ The Leon Loft – 8/12/19

                  Courtney Barnett and an acoustic guitar visit Acoustic Café this week. Playing songs old and new, Barnett talks about writing, the latest album “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” the challenges of touring from Australia, songwriter Paul Kelly and much more. We recorded our visit at The Leon Loft for an extremely enthusiastic audience. Photo:


                  JR JR – 8/5/19

                    The Detroit duo JR JR are our guests this week, playing songs from their new, double album called “Invocations/Conversations.” Started while still on Warner Brothers, Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott got out of their deal and created another album’s worth of songs, launching their new indie label with 16 brand new tunes. Daniel also became


                    The Strumbellas – 7/29/19

                      Canadian rock sextet The Strumbellas join us this week, playing songs from their 2019 album “Rattlesnake.” After several Canadian albums, their 2016 song “Spirits” charted around the world and got the band into international touring. We recorded our visit with The Strumbellas in front of a live audience at The Leon Loft in June.


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