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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.


        Karla Bonoff & Nina Gerber – 7/22/19

          A leading light of the SoCal 70’s scene, Karla Bonoff, is our guest this week. Founding Bryndle in 1969 with Andrew Gold, Wendy Waldman and Kenny Edwards, Karla went on to write classic songs for Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and many others. Karla and Nina Gerber play some of those classics, plus discuss the Laurel


          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


            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


              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.

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