Anna Kline and John Looney are Asheville-based Grits & Soul, with a "Soulgrass" sound blending Americana and classic country with Mississippi soul and blues. Their latest release Flood Waters (which received a favorable review from Bluegrass Unlimited) includes Nicky Sanders, Amanda Platt, and Robert Greer among other local favorites.
When your mom is June Carter Cash, your dad is Carl Smith, your stepdad is Johnny Cash, etc., you are bound to have both the the genetic predisposition and the pressure to follow in your family's footsteps as a musician. Carlene Carter has been doing so since the late '70's, and made a wonderful return to the scene with this year's release of Carter Girl. It's been a Top 10 record on folk and Americana charts, and we'll hear more about it when she joins us live Friday morning. She performs Friday night in Asheville and Saturday in Bristol, both shows with Jim Lauderdale! Histor
This 1987 debut helped establish John Gorka as a leader in the "contemporary folk" singer/songwriter scene that burst out of NYC and Boston in the late '80's and remained dominant through the '90's. Fellow singers Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky join him here, blending well with his rich, warm baritone. Gorka's diverse songwriting styles, humorous wit juxtaposed with impressively deep songs about complex relationships, are fully developed here. Celebrate John Gorka's Sunday birthday with us Monday night.
Have you heard of Corb yet? We've enjoyed playing him for about eight years now, but his real success is in Canada: 2006′s Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer won the Canadian Country Music Association’s Album of the Year, after his 2002 gold record Five Dollar Bill. Their favorites from these have been rerecorded at Memphis' Sun Studios, with more of an electric rockabilly/rock sound. How does Corb like it? “It turned out really well.
We celebrate Cat Stevens' birthday this evening with this snapshot of his 1976 tour, his last appearance on stage before his 30 year hiatus, though he was pretty much at the top of his game in terms of success at this time. "Wild World", "Moonshadow", "Where Do the Children Play", "Father and Son", and a little insight he shares as he performs "Peace Train" and "Two Fine People", as well. Strangely, this is the only live release of his, and it didn't show up until 2004. Better late than never. Happy birthday, Yusuf Islam, born Steven Georgiu on 7/21/48.
Willie hasn't had an album hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart since 1986. But this great new release debuted at #1 this past month, and for good reason -- it's 14 songs, nine of which he wrote or co-wrote, that capture the sound Willie Nelson does best. So, maybe Willie can't get any higher, but we'll see how long the 81-year-old legend can keep those younger wannabe outlaw stars from achieving their pipe dreams with this great one. We have a feeling he'll be high on WNCW's Top 100 list at year's end with this one, too.