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.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of not one but two legendary rock icons this past week, saxophonist Bobby Keys on the 2nd, and keyboardist Ian McLagan on the 3rd. Both were sought-after session musicians for various stars, most notably the Rolling Stones in the 70's and 80's. This Monday, we'll celebrate the life of "Mac" with the final album of The Faces, from 1973. After frontman Steve Marriott left the Small Faces in 1969, McLagan, Ronnie Lane and co. recruited Ron Wood for guitar, and a young (but already ascending to stardom) Rod Stewart to sing lead.
Todd Snider has been trying out both his songs and those of some of his favorite songwriters (Hayes Carll, Kevn Kinney, Welch/Rawlings among others) in a different band this past year, a supergroup of sorts. Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools has helped assemble the other bandmates: Neal Casal and Jesse Aycock on guitars, Chad Staehly on keyboards, and Duane Trucks on drums & percussion. They began touring last December, and their first couple shows are captured on this new DVD/CD collection that we'll focus on throughout Thursday evening.