Released on this date in 1976, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' self-titled debut was fresh and brash enough to be considered punk, but they were just as much influenced by The Byrds, and boy did they know how to write radio hits. "Rockin' Around With You", "Breakdown", "American Girl"....what an introduction for a band that obviously had what it takes to be more than just an underground Southern garage-rock band of a few years. The band's roots go back to 1970, when most of the band formed under the name Mudcrutch in Gainesville, Florida.
From 1978 until 1990, Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and the late Charles Sawtelle blazed trails as one of the hardest working bluegrass bands. While always maintaining their sincere respect for the traditions of Flatt, Scruggs, and Monroe that inspired them, they were one of those rare bands that could also forge progressive sounds and innovations, which acts like Nickel Creek and fellow Coloradans The String Cheese Incident proudly attest to.
WNCW presents Goin' Across The Mountain LIVE with Balsam Range and guests Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Mountain Faith on January 16, 2015 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and the performance will be at the Foundation Performing Arts Center in Spindale, NC. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
“Music Man Miles,” as he is known in the underground DJ scene, is best known around the world as the creative mind behind Breakestra, a funk, soul-jazz band from L.A. His solo album from earlier this year quickly became a favorite among weekday hosts here at 'NCW, with its vintage yet fresh blend of blues, R&B, psychedelia, and the styles that Breakestra is built around. The influences of his Topanga Canyon and Little Feat upbringing (Fred is his dad) can definitely be heard, too. Miles Tackett and the 3 Times performs Wednesday night at The One Stop in Asheville.
This Monday's "Ten O'Clock Doc" feature spreads out across the whole hour, as Martin Anderson talks with Steve Johnson, Merlefest's Artist Relations Manager. The festival unveils its preliminary lineup of of artists coming to the April 23rd through 26th gathering later today, but WNCW listeners get a sneak peak when Steve shares some of the highlights, and Martin spins a few favorite tunes.
WNCW was sad to hear of the passing of Jack Bruce on October 25th. The bassist, singer, and songwriter can be found on a variety of recordings these past 50 years, including Alexis Korner, Frank Zappa, and his own band. But he will forever be remembered most as one third of the blues-based heavy rock power trio Cream, with Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. This second album from the short-lived band marked a move away from the blues and into more psychedelic territory, but the strength of their playing, and the songs themselves, help it to transcend well beyond 1967.
One of these days, we need to get Marty Stuart back to WNCW, so we can spend all day hearing his moving stories about his former bosses and mentors like Johnny Cash, Lester Flatt, and Sonny Osborne, his wife Connie Smith, and countless others.