We had such a good time with Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks last month, we thought we'd bring in another vintage jugband/stringband from Asheville this week: the Crow Quill Night Owls. Kit "Stymee" Stovepipe has a wonderful knowledge of 1920's and '30's tunes and styles, and he's joined by Windy City Alex on the tenor banjo, banjo-lele and kazoo, Baylin Adaheer on the washtub bass, and others. They play 5 Walnut in Asheville pretty regularly, and are at the Emerald Lounge on Valentine's Day.
Few people can do more with the fiddle -- or with pedal boards and other bells & whistles -- than Asheville's own Casey Driessen. In between tours with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, and the Zac Brown Band, he recorded his most recent collection, Singularity. Join us for another exciting live session from him this Wednesday before his Saturday show at Pisgah Brewing and a week at Folk Alliance. In the meantime, check out his adaption of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".
Spartanburg storyteller and musician John Fowler, known to most WNCW fans as longtime host of Sunday's This Old Porch show, is also an author. He has just published Trotting Sally: The Roots & Legacy of a Folk Hero, after spending the last two decades studying this elusive and fascinating turn-of-the-century fiddler. "Trotting Sally", a.k.a. George Mullins, was born a slave and became the first freed African-American in his family at age 9 when the Civil War ended.
For the 50th anniversary of The Fab Four's U.S. TV debut this week, we'll spend Monday night between 8 and 9 with them as they sounded on their home radio stations during this groundbreaking time for them. This collection, first released in 1994, is of BBC studio recordings between 1963 and 1965, and captures some of their on-air banter on the Beeb, along with dozens of the covers and originals they were playing at the time. It's classic Beatles, at the peak of their Beatlemania power!
The "New Queen of Bluegrass"? She and her band are certainly one of the most awarded bands in bluegrass, if not THE most. Just this past week, she picked up the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award from SPBGMA, and was inducted into their Preservation Hall of Greats, and The Rage won Instrumental Group of the Year. Also among the best in Country and in Gospel, she has just released a new album, and is in the midst of a tour that basically won't end until December.
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