Before Wilco and Son Volt, there was Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar and their late-'80's alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. Though they didn't last long before going their separate ways, they recorded one of the most defining albums of WNCW in our first year, No Depression. As music critic Jason Ankeny writes, "for all of the record's doleful cynicism -- virtually every cut nods toward dashed hopes, broken promises, and paralyzing fear -- there's an undeniable electricity afoot as well; by channeling the mournful clarity of country into the crackling fury of punk, No Depression
Todd Snider's latest project is this collaboration with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) on guitar, Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi) on keys, and Duane Trucks (Col. Bruce Hampton) on drums. They're hard rocking guys here with covers of Hayes Carll, Randy Newman, Will Kimbrough, Kevn Kinney, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Join them this Thursday night as Brad plays tunes from this brand new release all through the evening!
WNCW recognizes the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this national holiday. We will include songs that touch on the work of King and others during our eclectic music mix, including your requests.
Saturday, January 18th, 2014 on "Goin' Across the Mountain" at Noon on the 42nd anniversary of this historic recording, we salute Charlie Waller and The Country Gentlemen with a new WNCW tradition. The complete CD version tracked through for your Bluegrass enjoyment.
With all the focus on the Greenwich Village Folk Scene of the early '60's of late (thanks to the Coen Bro's film Inside Llewyn Davis), we'll spend Monday evening with Richie Havens, who was born in Brooklyn on 1/21/41 and moved there in '61 to begin playing the clubs along with Dave Van Ronk, Peter Paul & Mary, Phil Ochs, and others. The 1967 album Mixed Bag was his first on the folk-oriented Verve Forecast label, and includes a dynamic variety of styles and moods, including the anti-war anthem "Handsome Johnny" (which he co-wrote with future actor Louis Gossett, Jr.!
American Songwriter, NPR, Amazon, No Depression....just a few of the places where Jason Isbell's 2013 release Southeastern ranked in the Top 50 -- if not #1 -- for the best of the year. WNCW listeners ranked it #3 in our own Top 100. He's come a long way since starting his solo career after his time with the Drive By Truckers, and the most talked about contemporary singer/songwriter in Americana music today returns to Studio B for another moving s
Indigo Girl Amy Ray has a new release that is a bit of a career first for her -- an album exploring her Southern musical roots growing up listening to country and roots music. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, with guests Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire, Susan Tedeschi, Kelly Hogan, and members of Megafaun, the songs on the acoustic-based Goodnight Tender were written over the course of the last decade or so. It will be released on 1/28, and Ray has a CD release show in West Asheville on Friday the 24th (Isis).