The last time Hayes Carll visited us, he brought his band for a killer session of tunes from his KMAG YOYO release (a Top 20 album pick among WNCW listeners, and the #1 song for the Americana Music Association.) This time he's no doubt got some great new songs to unveil for us and you. Tune in to this Texas bard who fits right in alongside John Prine, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Todd Snider, ...and Jack Kerouac. He rolls into the area just in time for a visit and an Asheville show.
One of our favorite regional bands returns to Studio B on Wednesday, with new songs from a forthcoming third album (that they're still hoping to raise enough funds for at last check!) Amanda Anne Platt, Pete James, and the rest of The Honeycutters are rising stars in Americana and great music in general. They play not one but two shows at Isis in Asheville later this week.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist/former violinist Annie Lynch first met and formed The Beekeepers while at the Berklee College of Music around 2006, and soon began drawing a devoted following around Boston. Their recent album My Bonneville is a tasteful blend of Americana and indie-rock. They play Asheville Saturday night. “Lynch’s understated vocals and songwriting are reminiscent of Jolie Holland or the Be Good Tanyas…” -The Boston Globe.
Drugs, spirituality, politics, urban living...Topics that are certainly relevant in today's world, but they became heavy themes of the late '60's and early '70's, for sure. And they loom large in Stevie Wonder's 1973 masterpiece, Innervisions, with memorable songs like "Too High", "Living For the City", "Higher Ground", and "Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing". Hey Stevie! Happy Birthday to ya! We'll be celebrating all day on WNCW.
The Annual Veteran's Administration VA Research Week is going on today through May 17th all across the country. I spoke with Dr. Joel Kupersmith, Chief Research and Development Officer, Veteran's Health Administration at the Department of Veteran's Affairs last week as he was preparing for this week's activities.
Dr Kupersmith says the week is designed to highlight the groundbreaking achievements of VA investigators, and to honor the Veteran Volunteers who participate in many VA Research studies. Accordingly, this year's theme is "VA Research Inspires."
The first thing to say about this book is that it is intended to be read by MATURE AUDIENCES to adult language and adult situations.
The second thing to say about this book is that it is the truth and it is a wonderfully funny and touchingly sad at the same time. Sharon L. Hicks says she always intended to tell the story of her mother's mental illness. In "How Do You Grab A Naked Lady?", Hicks tells it all in unflinching detail. And, by telling the story of her mother, she ends up telling her own story.