There aren't a whole lot of bluegrass-inspired bands that embrace electronic music, to the point where they've performed at Asheville's Moog Music Factory. In fact who knows, Brushfire Stankgrass might be the only one. Their earlier album One for the Salamanders was a regional favorite among WNCW listeners, and their new release Microclimates has what it takes to top that one. The boys return and will join Joe Kendrick live Wednesday at 2.
Jacob Johnson, from Traveler's Rest, SC, is back with a new Christmas album. "Johnson sounds like Norman Rockwell paintings and the open road. He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to craft a sound he calls 'Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk'." - The Florence Morning News. He plays in Waynesville Thursday night, and Spartanburg & Greenville the weekend after next.
35 years ago saw the release of this gem from The Byrds, with all the elements that they were known for: 60's pop, spacy psychelia, and country-rock. Songwriting credits here include Carole King, David Crosby, Michael Clarke, and Roger McGuinn, but the one with the most to his name here might be Chris Hillman, whose birthday we celebrate this week.
One of the best singer/songwriters keeping the artform's flame lit these days is this native of Banner Elk, NC. He's been in Seattle for a few years now, but as you can see and will hear over the course of Thursday evening, he has not left his WNC roots. Mojo Magazine gives this latest from him 4 stars. Tune in to hear why more and more are discovering Barton Carroll.
Music critic Thom Jurek refers to it as "the Live at the Fillmore East of redneck Texas folk-rock". Recorded at the Luckenback Dancehall with his Gonzo Band in August 1973 and released 40 years ago this week, Viva Terlingua has some great covers from Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard ("Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother") along with some of Walker's best originals (except maybe "Mr. Bojangles").
WNCW will be in the music kitchen all day long this Thanksgiving, cooking up a mix of songs covering every taste and course. Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Masacree” airs at Noon with Joe Kendrick, and again at 8pm with Rob Daves. It might be our favorite day of programming, and we’ve got a place at the table for you! Join us all day long, and help yourself to some fine appetizers we'll be serving up in the days leading up to it. We at WNCW are very thankful for your support and community.
Daniel Coston will join Joe Kendrick as a guest DJ on Tuesday, November 19th at noon. They will discuss his most recent book release and spin some music from the artists included in North Carolina Musicians.
Sweet Claudette is an Asheville quartet made up of members of The Honeycutters (Amanda Platt), Now You See Them, and The Moon and You. They describe themselves as a country Motown band, who formed out of a women's songwriter showcase in 2009. They make their first WNCW appearance this Wednesday morning with Martin Anderson.