06/18/13: We are back home! After a long day of travel Monday, we returned safe and sound with smiles on our faces and the past weekend's adventures still in our minds.
Sunday morning we awoke to flood watches after a night of heavy rain. There was standing water all over the festival grounds and more rain on the way. We packed our belongings and walked about half a mile to the point where shuttles picked up folks to return them to their parking lot at a nearby hotel.
They may be based out of Asheville, but then again they could be based out of Bamako or Timbuktu... Blending traditional music of Mali with a variety of American styles, Toubab Krewe returns to WNCW in advance of their July 3rd and 4th sets at their 2nd annual Carnavalito Festival in Black Mountain.
We celebrate the first week of summer -- and Brian Wilson's 6/20 birthday - with this critics' 5-star favorite Monday night. Layering their pristine vocal harmonies with such quirky tools as harpsichords, Theremin, bicycle bells, and barking dogs, 1966's Pet Sounds remains one of the best-produced and most influential rock albums ever released. Yes, it's up there with such milestone classics as The Beatles' Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, which Brian in particular tried obsessively to compete with. "Without Pet Sounds, Sgt.
Not long after buying a rustic vacation cabin, John Mellencamp was told by the previous owner that it was haunted by the ghosts of two brothers and the girl they both loved, all of whom died horrifically there half a century earlier. One thing led to another, and Mellencamp was able to team up with novelist Stephen King and producer T-Bone Burnett to create the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Of course they were able to amass an all-star cast for the soundtrack, so you'll hear Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal, Dave Alvin, Elvis Costello (playing Satan), Ryan Bingham, and others
If you live in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas City, or Texas, you don't HAVE to like barbecue. But, if you don't people are likely to ask - just curious, ya know - 'What the heck's wrong with you?!' And if you live in Western North or South Carolina and you've never been to the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival - like maybe you live in a cave or you've just moved here - you have GOT TO GO...This Year...This Friday and Saturday!
Herd of 'em? One of WNCW listeners' favorite bands returns to Studio B for another live set. This time the eclectic band of zydeco, reggae, old-time, country, and killer jams has brand new songs from "Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday", which will be released 6/18. Heck they even have a video for one of them! They play the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival in Tryon on Saturday.