Ann Powers

Ann Powers appears in the following:

World Cafe Nashville: Midland

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Based in Austin, this harmony-based group melds the whiskey-soaked spirit of the barroom with the country-rock of Gram Parsons and the Eagles.


A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story

Monday, July 24, 2017

Why make a list of the greatest albums by women? To start a new conversation, where musicians who have too long been marginalized are now at the center.


Encore Week: Father John Misty, Alison Krauss, David Crosby And More

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hear five World Cafe sessions from the last few months that are worth a second listen.


World Cafe Nashville: Sun Seeker

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Inspired by The Band and Pavement alike, Sun Seeker's music is a unique blend of Southern whimsy and fuzzy, melodic rock. Hear a live performance.


Songs We Love: Republican Hair, 'Miss Prince'

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

With its infectious synth lines, Southern drawl and sly message, "Miss Prince" shows what's special about Republican Hair, a band unlike any other in Nashville today.


Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard Has A New Band: Bermuda Triangle

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The new group, which also features Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari, will make its live debut July 12 in Nashville.


World Cafe Nashville: Daddy Issues

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Formed out of friendship, the trio blends a love of noise with powerful melodicism and a knack for capturing the ups and downs of millennial life.


World Cafe Nashville: The CMA Fest Experience

Monday, June 19, 2017

The annual festival is a chance for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite country stars — and to discover new artists. Ann Powers and Jewly Hight report back from this year's event.


Things Are Good: Shania Twain Announces Her First Album In 15 Years With A New Single

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Maybe contemporary country music will make sense again, now that Shania Twain is back to set the record straight.


Songs We Love: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, 'Not Dark Yet'

Thursday, June 15, 2017

For years the sisters have promised to collaborate on a full-length release; finally, it's happened, and Dylan is one of the lucky beneficiaries of their attention.


World Cafe Nashville: Rhiannon Giddens

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The singer, fiddler and banjo player performs songs from Freedom Highway, which she wrote to tell the stories of victims of racialized violence throughout American history.


Songs We Love: Tyler Childers, 'Lady May'

Thursday, June 08, 2017

With a rocky, resonant voice, the Kentucky-based songwriter connects Appalachia to Nashville. Childers' official debut album is co-produced by Sturgill Simpson.


Songs We Love: Glen Campbell, 'Arkansas Farmboy'

Friday, June 02, 2017

The bluegrass-blessed ballad channels the experience of memories growing at once more vivid and more disordered — as they do for everyone, but especially for someone with dementia.


World Cafe Nashville: Colter Wall

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The country singer's startlingly deep voice and the hard-won wisdom in his songwriting belie his young age. Hear a performance and interview.


All Songs +1: Brandi Carlile Reflects On 10 Years Of 'The Story'

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NPR Music's Ann Powers talks with Brandi Carlile about the singer's efforts to raise money and awareness for children who are affected by war and conflict.


Songs We Love: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, 'If We Were Vampires'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wedding songs are hard, but marriage songs are harder. In this one, Isbell confronts reality, the downsides of shared days and the resilience that helps a couple overcome them.


Styles Of The Times

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

With the release of his debut solo album, the former boy band singer Harry Styles is getting credit for a smooth transition from teen pop to rock and roll. As if you could ever separate the two.


World Cafe Nashville: Angaleena Presley

Monday, May 15, 2017

On her new album, Wrangled, Presley fearlessly addresses a country music milieu that, in her view, is downright hostile to women who speak their minds. Hear an interview and performance.


Hear The Nominees For This Year's Americana Awards On World Cafe

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday. Hear interviews and performances from some of the nominees, including the Drive-By Truckers and Sturgill Simpson.


World Cafe Nashville: Chris And Morgane Stapleton

Friday, May 05, 2017

For his new album, the country legend-in-the-making and his wife recorded fresh versions of songs culled from his years as a highly regarded Nashville songwriter. Hear their interview with World Cafe.