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Josh Rouse: Songs for All Seasons

Josh Rouse.
Josh Rouse.

Though Josh Rouse's music has always been highly indebted to the classic singer-songwriter records of the '70s, it's evolved significantly to reflect his ever-changing surroundings. Now based in Spain after years of touring and a childhood spent as a military brat, Rouse has infused his eight albums with everything from classic pop and soul to breezy flamenco influences.

Rouse's career opened with a string of remarkable recordings — including the moving 2002 song cycle Under Cold Blue Stars and the appropriately titled classic-pop homage 1972 — and took an unexpected turn when he moved overseas several years ago. Last year's self-released, low-key Subtitulo directly reflected his shift to a more laid-back lifestyle, a trend continued on the new Country Mouse City House. In this segment, Rouse talks about his last record being perceived as a "summer album," and describes how he attempted to make Country Mouse City House more of a "winter album."

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.