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On 'Neon Cross,' Jaime Wyatt Overcomes Her Past Like A True Country Outlaw

Jaime Wyatt
Magdalena Wosinska
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Jaime Wyatt

Outlaw country is kind of tricky to define. It's a subgenre that really picked up steam back in the 1970s when artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson wanted to go in a different direction from the polished mainstream country world. It's also tied to the idea of being a hard living cowboy, and that's something Jaime Wyatt knows lots about. Jaime Wyatt started her music career in LA at 17, then ran through a difficult period where she was dealing with addiction. In 2017, she finally released her full-length debut album Felony Blues which addressed some of what she had gone through. Jaime's new album, Neon Cross, also sees her coming to terms with some more recent struggles, including coming back from a relapse. Jaime will talk about how she does and doesn't fit that outlaw country label, and you'll hear songs from Neon Crosswhich was produced by Shooter Jennings.

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Raina Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, comes to World Cafe from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she was host and writer for the daily live, national morning program Mornings on CBC Music. She is also involved with Canada's highest music honors: Since 2017, she has hosted the Polaris Music Prize Gala, for which she is also a jury member, and she has also been a jury member for the Juno Awards. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs, and red carpet host and interviewer for the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as well as a panelist for such renowned CBC programs as Metro Morning, q and CBC News.

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