I did not know until after I spoke with J.T. Lundy, author of 'Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy', that this is his first book. I also did not know that I was his first interview. You couldn't tell it by me - as they say.
J.T. Lundy has written a book that is humorous and scary, contains enough truth in it to keep you wondering if it might not all be true, and is a really fun read. It doesn't contain profane language or bloody, gory scenes, or any 'adult situations' to speak of.
Some stories catch your interest at a time in your life when you most need a distraction. 'The Planter', by Rutherford County native Pat Jobe, is one of those stories. It is a book that in so many way defies definition, and I think that's good. It could be a fantasy; it could be true; it could be inspirational; it could appeal to agnostics or even those who don't believe in anything.
In this case, it's all of those things. Jobe calls it a short novel, and that it may be, but it will stay with me. Tune in to hear my conversation with Pat Jobe.
Mandolin Orange are Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, who met at a Chapel Hill jam session in 2009 and soon discovered that their fiddle and guitar made a great sound together. Blending folk, gospel, and bluegrass, their style is a sweet Southern Appalachian blend that is quite at home here at WNCW. They perform Wednesday the 13th in Knoxville, Friday the 16th in Asheville, and Saturday the 17th in Charlotte.
One of Charlotte's latest sounds is the funk/jazz/rock combo Funk Rush, who live their motto of "Jazz is the teacher, Funk is the preacher!" Scott Newell-guitar, Reggie Dennis-bass, Donte Forsythe-drums, Robert Beasley-percussion. They play Greenville Thursday night after their live radio debut on WNCW.
Mark Knopfler is featured prominently in our programming this week: We celebrate his birthday Monday night with Dire Straits' 1979 release, in which the band's strong influence of the late J.J. Cale's sound features prominently. Then this Wednesday it's his new release Privateering for New Tunes at 2, which will finally be released here in the U.S. on September 10th!
Though he is a singer/songwriter and a wonderful guitar luthier, Guy Clark might best be compared to a wood carver, the way he whittles the lyrics of his songs down to the bare essentials of what is needed to tell the story with the most detail and clarity possible. The West Texas artist is certainly one of WNCW's favorites, and his brand new release, in large part a moving tribute to his late wife, is getting terrific accolades from all corners of the Americana world. We'll feature it for you throughout this Thursday night.
April 5, 1931 - August 8, 2013 - Whimsical maverick Jack Clement — singer, producer, ringleader, writer of classic songs, discoverer of stars and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame — died this morning at his Nashville home. He was 82, and suffered from liver cancer.
April 5, 1931 - August 8, 2013 Whimsical maverick Jack Clement â€" singer, producer, ringleader, writer of classic songs, discoverer of stars and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame â€" died this morning at his Nashville home. He was 82, and suffered from liver cancer.
It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina's band's most recent collection of poignant and infections, blugrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns - the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter - fans had no reason to expect new music this year.
WNCW is proud to partner with the Foundation Performing Arts Center to present "Goin' Across the Mountain Live." WNCW's acclaimed bluegrass show "Goin' Across the Mountain" is a favorite of traditional and contemporary bluegrass fans across the region every Saturday afternoon.