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Sense of Place: Lafayette

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To round out their Sense of Place: Lafayette special, World Cafe dug into the archives and pulled out an interview with Louisiana musician Bobby Charles. Growing up twenty miles south of Lafayette in Abbeville, LA, Charles grew up surrounded by early forms of Cajun music that he would go on to modernize. Read more.

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Michael Doucet (of Beausoleil) sat down with World Cafe's David Dye for an interview during Sense of Place: Lafayette. The Louisiana musician and university professor covered a multitude of topics during the session, including the history of Creole and Cajun cultures in Southwest Louisiana. Read more.

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WXPN's local music blog The Key shared a free download of Sonny Landreth's "Native Son" today, recorded live for World Cafe during Sense of Place: Lafayette. Listen to the entire interview here, and download a blistering live version of “Native Stepson” below. Read more.

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The Lost Bayou Ramblers might look like they'd be one of the newer groups World Cafe met with while exploring Lafayette, LA for its Sense of Place special, but the cajun band was actually formed fifteen years ago by brothers Louis and Andre Michot.  The Grammy-nominated Louisiana / Texas group released Mammoth Waltz in 2012, blending cajun music with punk energy and psychedelic creativity. Listen to their full interview. Read more.

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Latin Roots is World Cafe's periodic in-depth look at the traditional music of Latin countries and their place in contemporary genres.  On this special edition, KRVS's Diego Martin Perez, host of La Vellonera on the Lafayette radio station, discusses the cross-section of cajun, zydeco and Latin music revolving around the accordion. Read more.

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All week on World Cafe David Dye will be sharing the sessions, stories and sounds of Sense of Place: Lafayette.  When the World Cafe team went down to Louisiana last month they explored the city from front to back, meeting new music friends like yesterday's featured artists Royal Teeth, stopping in at Olde Tyme Grocery for authentic po' boys (thanks to a tip from old music friends Givers) and visiting Lake Martin (pictured above) to spot some local wildlife. Read more.