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The Shelters On World Cafe

The Shelters' self-titled debut album is out now.
Brantley Gutierrez
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The Shelters' self-titled debut album is out now.

For their debut album, the members of The Shelters got as good a helping hand as it gets: Tom Petty gave the band the keys to his recording studio and an invitation to open up for his band Mudcrutch on tour. The Los Angeles four-piece earned every ounce of Petty's support with heavy rock 'n' roll chops that reflect its love for the pioneers of California rock, including The Byrds, The Doors and The Beach Boys.

In this session for World Cafe, the members of The Shelters talk about carrying the torch for West Coast rock and the pressure of wowing Petty's audience. You'll also hear them wail on several tunes from the band's self-titled debut.

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Talia Schlanger hosts World Cafe, which is distributed by NPR and produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. She got her start in broadcasting at the CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster. She hosted CBC Radio 2 Weekend Mornings on radio and was the on-camera host for two seasons of the television series CBC Music: Backstage, as well as several prime-time music TV specials for CBC, including the Quietest Concert Ever: On Fundy's Ocean Floor. Schlanger also guest hosted various flagship shows on CBC Radio One, including As It Happens, Day 6 and Because News. Schlanger also won a Canadian Screen Award as a producer for CBC Music Presents: The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions, a cross-country rock 'n' roll road trip.