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Iron & Wine – 12/10/18

    We wrap up our year with a live Leon Loft visit with Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam! Coming about a year after our last visit at Americanafest 2017, Sam’s new EP called “Weed Garden” brings him back for some laughs, stories and thoughts about the new work.


    Alejandro Escovedo – 12/3/18

      Alejandro Escovedo returns to the program this week with songs both new and old. The new stuff comes from his 2018 album “The Crossing,” which is the story of two immigrants who meet in Texas and search for their punk rock inspired American dream. Al also tells lots of stories about his family’s immigrant story


      Rosanne Cash – 11/26/18

          A fascinating conversation and great music this time as Rosanne Cash joins us in the studio. Having spent the last three albums revisiting her family’s history, Rosanne’s new album “She Remembers Everything” shows a writer firmly planted in the here and now. Joining Rosanne Cash is husband John Leventhal, Zev Katz on bass and


        Dermot Kennedy – 11/19/18

            Our guest this time is Irish singer songwriter Dermott Kennedy. Dermott’s music combines Irish folk-rock with hip hop production, and was helped along by Glen Hansard and veteran hip hop producer Mike Dean. 2018 has seen the release of two EPs, and Kennedy has lots more, ready to go!


          Cautious Clay (@MusicTown Studios, Detroit) – 11/12/18

              Cautious Clay is our in-studio guest this week. Josh Karpeh (Cautious Clay) is from Cleveland originally, now making his home in Brooklyn. It’s been a busy year for Cautious Clay, issuing two EPs (now combined for a full length debut), guesting on the latest single from AlunaGeorge, appearing with John Mayer on John’s new


            Laith Al Saadi (@The Leon Loft) – 11/5/18

                  This time, blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Laith Al Saadi joins us as our in-studio guest. Known in the Midwest for decades, Laith became more widely known for his appearance through the final round of The Voice in 2016. We recorded our visit with Laith at The Leon Loft in August.  


              The War & Treaty (@Americanafest 2018) – 10/29/18

                    Our final 2018 Americanafest session brings The War & Treaty back to the program. Michael and Tanya Trotter formed the band a few years ago, but the last year has seen them aligned with producers Don Was and Buddy Miller, great artists like Emmylou Harris and the late Aretha Franklin, performances at Bonaroo,


                John Hiatt (@Americanafest 2018) – 10/22/18

                      It’s our third Americanafest session this time, welcoming John Hiatt for his 7th visit to Acoustic Cafe. John Hiatt returned this fall with his first album in 4 years called “The Eclipse Sessions.” The largely acoustic record was recorded with longtime partners Ken Blevins (drums)and Patrick O’Hearn (bass), with Kevin McKendree producing and


                  Shemekia Copeland (@Americanafest 2018) – 10/8/18

                        Shemekia Copeland and guitarist Arthur Nielson join us this time for songs from Shemekia’s new album “America’s Child” and more. Recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Shemekia thrilled our Americanafest audience, took some questions and even got them to sing along with her!    


                    Richard Thompson (@Americanafest 2018) – 10/1/18

                      This week is our first of four sessions recorded at Americanafest 2018 in Nashville. Richard Thompson joins us to talk about a long career and a brand new album called “13 Rivers.” The legendary singer, guitarist and songwriter spoke with us at Sound Stage Studios on Music Row in Nashville.    

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