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City and Colour is the alias of Canadian Dallas Green, a Juno Award recipient who is known for his work with the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. He released his first solo record in 2005 under the name City and Colour, a spinoff of his own name: Dallas, a city, and Green, a color. (Maybe he created this moniker to dispel any confusion that might arise for baseball fans — Green was named for the former Philadelphia Phillies manager, whose team won the World Series around the time Green was born.)
City and Colour's newest release, Little Hell, blends folk, country and blues to create a mood designed to commiserate and uplift. Green's road-weary voice recounts stories of struggle, filling the album with a sense of introspection and deep contemplation. "I'd rather write about the things that I go through," Green explains. "Songwriting has always been a cathartic process; it's always been my therapy."
Hear Green perform three songs from Little Hell on today's World Cafe.
Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.
Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.