Introducing The Wu-Force! It's a newly formed trio of banjo player/singer Abigail Washburn, multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch, and introducing Wu Fei, a vocalist and guzheng (Chinese zither) performer who spent her formative years at the China Conservatory of Music before embarking on work with choirs, orchestras, gamelans, films, modern dance, and more. Get ready for a fascinating musical and cultural journey down the Silk Road with these three, in advance of their Wednesday night performance in Asheville.
Our favorite Charleston, SC five-piece band sails back through our area this Friday for a lively live set before their Greenville concert. This time they've got a boatload of new material, on an album called Underdog. To quote their site, "Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph." There you go.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of "Catch a Fire", the major label debut and first international success for Bob Marley & The Wailers. Featuring standards such as "Concrete Jungle", "Stir It Up" and "Kinky Reggae", as well as two sung by the up-and-coming Peter Tosh, this is a must-have reggae release. Celebrate Marley's February 6th with us on Monday night. Baby We've Got a Date!
The personal merges with the political on Erin McKeown's latest release, "Manifestra". Drum loops, layered vocals and synthesizers merge with her electric guitar and other studio tricks, but there is also an accompanying all-solo-acoustic collection of these new songs. Guest singers include Ryan Montbleau, Anais Mitchell, Sean Hayes, and David Wax Museum.