Asheville band The Broadcast have put themselves front and center as one of our area's hottest bands since moving here from NYC a few years ago. Front and center for the band is singer Caitlin Krisko, who invokes Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and other giants with her booming voice and dynamic command of the stage. We'll learn some of her favorite musical influences when she joins Martin Anderson as Guest DJ for the 11 o'clock hour on Wednesday. The Broadcast has just released a new single, precursor to an EP coming in early 2015.
Our friend Chris Rosser has a beautiful new release called A Thousand Hands, and a CD Release Show with his bandmates in Free Planet Radio (River Guergarian and Eliot Wadopian) at Isis in West Asheville on Friday the 12th. The three return to WNCW for a live session on Thursday the 4th.
Few will dispute that Jaco Pastorius basically reinvented the the electric bass in jazz when his light burned bright with his fretless from the mid-'70's through mid-'80's. He was a primary force in Weather Report from 1976-'81, and an in-demand session player as well. Just before his start with them, he broke new ground with his self-titled debut, which we'll play for you on Monday night to celebrate what would be his 63rd birthday.
Vermont's Sam Amidon has been immersed in traditional folk and mountain tunes pretty much all his life, and worked once again with bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro on this, his 6th collection of them. But this time, it's as much a duet album between him and Bill Frisell, one of our favorite guitarists at WNCW. Add to that the icy, sparse, dissonant, edgy arrangements of producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Sigur Ros, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), and you get some wildly different interpretations of "Walkin' Boss", "Your Lone Journey", "Groundhog", and others.
Every year around this time, your WNCW hosts start prepping and cooking in the WNCW kitchen that is our great Music Library, to prepare for you a smorgasbord of songs centered around thankfulness, family, and above all, food. We've got all the meals, main & side dishes, beverages, and food groups covered -- no need to bring anything! We start the theme early in the week, but the main course, per tradition, will be Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Massacree, served up just past Noon on Thursday. Join us all day and into the night: we've got a place at the table for you.
With his easy-going style, and imagery-rich songs depicting hope, despair, and small-town life, Bill Morrissey was a favorite of the folk singer scene of the '80's and '90's, including many of us here at WNCW. We celebrate his November 25th birthday with this album from 20 years ago.
On the Thanksgiving evening edition of Dig, Kim Clark hops into the Wayback Machine and transports us to Thanksgiving Day 1968. We'll hear the songs that were topping the chart that day, songs from future superstars who were just getting started, and some cool stuff that was burning up the airwaves at the time that we've rarely heard since. Hop aboard the T-Day time machine and join us!