NPR's World Cafe is dipping into Music City something fierce this week, showcasing Nashville-based musicians and institutions of all stripes. The series promises to keep on rolling with new content each day this week, but here's what we've got so far:
* World Cafe's David Dye spoke with indie-country songstress Caitlin Rose about her brand-new The Stand-In and about being a local and a "music absorber," among other things. Rose and her band played a handful of The Stand-In cuts, and then the chanteuse got Dye a little liquored up at East Nashville haunts Village Pub, Dino's and No. 308. See Rose performing "Peach" at Eric Masse's East Side studio The Casino above.
* Dye stopped in at Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music (well, Grimey's Too, to be exact), where he chatted with co-proprietor Doyle Davis about being a successful indie shop (Davis humbly gives all the credit for that to Nashville listeners) as well as his local favorites — Luella and the Sun, Linear Downfall, Natural Child, The Features and The Dynamites were D-Funk's picks.
* Dye popped in at the Third Man Records storefront, where he spoke with TMR co-founder and consigliere Ben Swank about the shop's various oddities and available merch (see that video after the jump) as well as some of Swank's favorite TMR live recordings — The Kills, Conan O'Brien, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jacuzzi Boys and Reggie Watts made the cut.
* Dye talked Nashville with Moon Taxi, who played some tunes from this year's Cabaret.
* United Record Pressing's Jay Millar showed Dye and songstress Elizabeth Cook around the plant, providing a little history lesson that's worth checking out. If you look at the thumbnail of that the URP video down there, you'll see a shot of a "Pancho and Lefty" 7-inch — that's the B-side of a single she recorded with Jason Isbell, which they'll be releasing on Record Store Day. Kind of reminds me of how Cook and Isbell played that very same Townes Van Zandt cover for David Letterman last year.
* Dye spoke with pop-rock trio Leagues, who talked about Nashville, leaving music and coming back to music, and played some tunes from their debut You Belong Here.
* World Cafe really continues to harp on the hipness of East Nashville via avant-blues outfit Luella and the Sun, playing their "Fly So Free" single and a cut recorded live at The Basement.
* And last but certainly not least, Dye speaks at length with Gillian Welch and her writing and recording partner Dave Rawlings.