World Cafe

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Black Prairie

Photo by: Jason Quigley / Courtesy of the artist Photo by: Jason Quigley / Courtesy of the artist
When Decemberists Take A Break, Black Prairie Keeps Playing

Any Decemberists fans out there? Then you will be happy to know that the band has a new album just about ready, ending lead singer and writer Colin Meloy’s hiatus. That will undoubtedly put a crimp in the touring schedule of our guests today, Black Prairie. The Portland based band, who recently released their third album Fortune, are made up primarily of the "other" members of The Decemberists. Chris Funk and bassist Nate Query formed the band in 2007 with other Decemberist members joining up as well. The idea was for everybody to stretch their musical muscles by, among other things, trying other instruments. The new album Fortune is a break from the band's primarily instrumental sound with vocalist Annalisa Tornfelt taking more of a role in writing as well as singing.

Session Setlist
The 84
Animal Inside
Let It Out

Recent Release: Fortune
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Label: Sugar Hill (Universal)