If you're a music fan you've likely been part of one of those debates that take place in Nick Hornby's novel "High Fidelity" (or the 2000 John Cusack film version). "That was the idea behind all of this - give the bar talk a stage," says Joe Kendrick, host of "What It Is," a live streaming web series on Asheville's iamavl.com.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of one of the most revered rock albums of all time. Brilliantly engineered by Alan Parsons, and featuring songs that would become staples of Pink Floyd's shows, it is without a doubt a cult classic and masterpiece. What other albums have been covered in their entirety in electronica, dub reggae, a capella, string quartet, bluegrass, and other styles? Turn it up Monday at 8. Starting The Wizard of Oz on mute at the same time is your choice...
After basically establishing the subgenre of alt-country in 1990 with the Uncle Tupelo release of No Depression, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar went their separate ways, Tweedy bringing his more rock-oriented influence to Wilco, and Farrar keeping the twangy side for his new band Son Volt. This country influence has culminated in Honky Tonk, a strong homage to the Bakersfield sound (think Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.) Tune in as Friday's Cosmic American Music Show comes 24 hours early this week!
Howard Levy: a harmonica and piano virtuoso, most known for his great work with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, but he's also involved with Lebanese Oud player/composer Rabih Abou Khalil, avant-garde jazz Riessler/Levy/Matinier Trio, and the Latin/jazz group Chévere de Chicago. Joe Craven: brilliant on the fiddle, mandolin, and especially a world of various percussion instruments, most known for some 17 years with the David Grisman Quintet, plus work with Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, Alison Brown, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, & more. After jamming together for an unrehearsed eveni