Ask Bonnie Raitt, Bill Berry (R.E.M.), or Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band), and they'll tell you their favorite contemporary Southern songwriter may well be Randall Bramblett. After working closely with Steve Winwood (16 years!), Widespread Panic, Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Gov't Mule and others all this time, he's incorporated a surprising array of styles into his own work. Many people are calling his new album The Bright Spots (New West Records) among his strongest works yet. Some of us here at WNCW can't argue with that.
Monday night we break out the New Wave/Punk dance grooves with you, as June 1st is the 30th anniversary of the release of Speaking in Tongues from the Talking Heads. David Byrne and company made their names for themselves with this one: "Girlfriend Is Better"! "Swamp"! "This Must Be the Place"! "BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE"! Hold tight, wait 'til the party's over...
Iron and Wine is mostly the work of singer/songwriter/guitarist Sam Beam, but producer Brian Deck deserves a lot of the credit for his/their sound as well. They collaborate well together again on this new release. While this is definitely an Iron and Wine album, Beam also includes a few different moods and styles on some of these songs, and it's almost more in a jazz direction, thanks to jazz drummer Brian Blade, standup bassist Tony Garnier, and a liberal use of horns.
WNCW is very sad to report the passing of one of our family; a great friend and colleague Steve Hecht, host of “The Saturday Night House Party”. He was a brave man, a fighter with no measure in the struggle against cancer.
You may know Aoife O'Donovan as the vocalist for Crooked Still, or her recent work with The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, & Stuart Duncan.) She recently released a solo album with producer Tucker Martine. Tune in for a live session from her as she performs and talks about some of these new songs, many of which resemble some of the various folk traditions in which she was raised.
Jonathan Scales plays "steel pan jazz fusion artistic complexities for the modern ear". He brings his steel pan set and Fourchestra back to Studio B on Friday, the day after a Charlotte show and the day before their CD release show in Asheville!
When Underhill Rose last visited us, it was singer-songwriters Eleanor Underhill and Molly Rose Reed. Since then, bassist Salley Williamson has become an official member of the group, and they have recently recorded an album's worth of new songs -- which will be officially released Friday night in Asheville. Tune in for live versons of songs from "Something Real".
Guitarist Charles Hedgepath plays just about every night in Greenville (OK not every night, but he's playing there Thursday night this week, and Friday night in Brevard.) He also covers just about every genre of music you can think of, from jazz to folk to funk to country (he also recorded one of our absolute favorite Christmas albums a few years back!) He's bringing his band in, and will talk about upcoming projects with The Work, The Bad Popes, and tales of jamming with The Dark Star Jubillee with Matt Reynolds and Rob Barraco.