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Caffe Lena 60 Episode 52 2011

An artist uses his music to narrate the American experience, and a 14 year old gets hooked on the Blues.

This is episode 52 of Caffe Lena: 60 years of song. Thank you to Sarah for the list of songs and artists for the feature.

Pokey LaFarge uses his music and songwriting to narrate the American experience. Minutes away from his front door in St. Louis, night after night the streets erupted in social unrest. In the face of a sociological tinderbox, he took to his studio and began writing and soon, his latest album appeared.

Jontavious Willis came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” when he was 14 years old and was instantly hooked on the blues. His big break came in 2015 when Taj Mahal asked him to play together on stage. That appearance led to Willis opening select shows on the TajMo tour for his musical mentors Taj Mahal and Keb ‘Mo’.

Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song, a production of WEXT Radio.

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