Pictured in Studio B at Avatar Studios during the Lillywhite Sessions at Avatar Studios with She & Him are (l-r) Steve Lillywhite, Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, Tino Passante, Kirk Imamura, Foye Johnson.New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA (May 21, 2008)–WXPN/Philadelphia has announced a partnership between its NPR-syndicated World Café, hosted by David Dye, and producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel). The agreement calls for Lillywhite to produce World Café sessions at New York City’s Avatar Studios for a series called Lillywhite Sessions at Avatar Studios.
The first session airs on June 11, featuring She & Him. Dye will also talk with Lillywhite about the U2 album War on that episode, and Lillywhite will appear on World Café the week before the debut presenting the top five most significant songs from his career as part of the show’s weekly Top Five feature on June 6.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to combine state of the art recording facilities with a cutting edge music program,” says Lillywhite. “That’s truly an unbeatable combination. It’s always a pleasure to work with someone who shares a love for music. That’s truly evident in David Dye’s interviews and music selection.”
“As a liner note reader from the start, Steve Lillywhite is a god to this music fan,” adds Dye. “To have him helm the Lillywhite Sessions at Avatar Studios for World Café will bring us a career’s worth of expertise. Let’s be honest though, really I simply can’t wait to pick his brain about every session he’s ever done!”