There are two pieces of copier paper with more than sixty artist and band names hand-written on them staring at me. My scrawl occasionally stumbles with lines redrawn, some letters emboldened when I paused and fixated on them or obscured when I sped through to catch up to the next name in mind. There are two pieces of paper because they were made two weeks apart, from two worlds of music representing songs I would play by day or, for the most part, leave to others to play at night. They stare at me and push the needle of cognition into the red.
The story of Phil Ochs, and the stories he sang about, are tragic indeed. And yet, he had a way of covering some pretty heavy material in a manner that not only made sense of the chaos and injustice he saw around him, but sometimes made us laugh about it all. Born on December 19th 1940, Ochs quickly became one of the premier folk singers of Greenwich Village following his successful 1964 debut, All The News That's Fit to Sing. This followup to that was even stronger, and stands the test of time.
Can you believe the Colorado pioneers of polyethnic Cajun slamgrass formed a full 25 years ago? We've loved 'em since their first recordings, and we're pleased to feature this new one from them this week.
Al and Amy are a multiple award-winning duo who perform a beautiful blend of Celtic and Appalachian inspired acoustic music on guitar, mandolin, harp, piano, dulcimer, and more. They live in nearby Fairview, and take part in the annual "Swannanoa Solstice" tradition in Asheville every year around this time. This year, it's Sunday the 21st, with Robin Bullock, Sheila Kay Adams, EJ Jones, and others. Join Martin Anderson for this Holiday session from Studio B on Thursday morning.
Thank you to Nathan, and everyone who bid, for your support of WNCW during our silent auction for the autographed guitar from the 20th Anniversary Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in 2008. Nathan has happily picked up his new guitar.
Tune in on Friday, December 12 as WNCW broadcasts the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam live from The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. The live broadcast will begin around 6pm and will last until the end of the Pre-Jam. Click here to LISTEN LIVE.
Join Brad Watson as we continue an annual tradition around this time of year of broadcasting the legendary live recording of Flatt & Scruggs Live at Carnegie Hall during Goin' Across the Mountain. Recorded December 8th 1962, its album release the following summer played a major part in the big "folk boom" of that decade. With Josh Graves and Billy Powers on guitar, Paul Warren on fiddle, and Jake Tullock on bass.