It's an extra-special Spindale Cycle this week with this new release of vintage Marley from his 1978 show in Boston. Tuff Gong has released a CD/DVD package that includes a booklet with interviews and biographical info, and terrific film footage of not only the concert itself, but impressive animation and special effects; you have never experienced a Bob Marley concert like it. We'll spin the soundtrack for you Monday night, with great versions of "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman No Cry", "Jamming", "Get Up Stand Up", "Exodus", and more.
One of our longtime favorite artists here at WNCW, Steve Earle has covered a lot of ground in his songwriting and styles since his 1986 debut Guitar Town. We've heard his Townes Van Zandt side, his New York Side, his Nashville country side.... This year the Texas native is finally paying tribute to some good Texas blues. He paints with pretty broad strokes here -- think of the diversity between Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddie King, Steve Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, etc. He digs his band The Dukes, and we dig Steve Earle. We hope you do too, this Thursday night.
The new weekly segment on WNCW during Morning Edition is our very own 'More to the Story.' It gives WNCW the chance to take listeners more in depth on a hot topic in the news, as written and reported by newspaper reporters in the region. The subject matter will be based on a topic that effects our region. The debut broadcast featured guest Tonya Maxwell, Regional Environmental Reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times and The Greenville News, talking about the latest on Coal Ash.
"Food Connection" is a new program where some concerned groups got together and ask if some restaurants and event catering groups would consider donating their left over food for distribution to hungry citizens in Asheville. Hear this interview from March 6 and be inspired by this service. Interviewed is Representative Flori Pate.
Spartanburg (SC) is currently being hailed as one of The Healthiest Cities in America. This feature interview presented on Feb. 27 features Laura Ringo from PAL (Partners for Active Living), a non-profit group contributing to trying and keep Spartanburg healthy.
March 11th this week marks the 45th anniversary of the release of this standard among "supergroups", one of the most highly anticipated releases considering each of the artists' ascendance in their careers at the time; CSN's breakthrough was a hit, and this follow-up, with the addition of Neil Young, was expected to be an even bigger one. And it was, on the charts, on Best Of lists, and in sales (7 million in the U.S. alone).
When you want a firey band that captures the gritty, swampy sound of North Florida blues, our go-to band is, without question, J.J. Grey & Mofro. On Ol' Glory, their fifth studio album, they bring in a little more of the Muscle Shoals soul sound, for a great blend of R&B and rock Grey refers to as their "Lochloosa" sound. There are some intriguing characters in the songs here, a number of whom share the common theme of overcoming temptation of various sorts; "Turn Loose" follows a junkie on her downward spiral; "Hold On Tight" celebrates the passion of married sex.