The 3rd Annual Sustainable Viticulture Conference is coming, and it is DIRTy! Chuck Blethen, owner of the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, founding member of the Sustainable Agriculture Viticulture Institute (SAVI) and organizer of the conference, spent some time talking with me yesterday about his favorite topic - wine - and how to make it sustainably and tasty.
These two fine (and married) singer/songwriters in Americana & Country have another collaboration, this time with notable covers by Dave Alvin and Robert Earl Keen, among other WNCW favorites. Tune in as Brad mixes each of the tunes into the Thursday night mix. Happy Valentine's Day!
To compose the songs for his terrific 2012 release, Corb Lund hunkered down in the remote cabin he built with his girlfriend and favorite uncle in rural Alberta. Just as the cabin was finished, his relationship crumbled and his uncle passed away. Following weeks alone there, "Cabin Fever" was born. The songs range from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock.
Giving up his career as a carpenter to pursue music full time four years ago, Joe Pug has followed the path of countless other daring musicians, trying to establish a sustainable livelihood through grass-roots, one-fan-at-a-time efforts. “Unless your surname is Dylan, Waits, Ritter or Prine, you could face-palm yourself to death trying to pen songs half as inspired as the 10 tracks on Joe Pug’s debut full-length” (Paste Magazine). Pug plays Knoxville, Asheville, & Charlotte this week.
An iconic figure of New Orleans music history, an inspiration to Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John among others, it's The Fess! He spent time as a cook, a boxer, a soldier, and a professional cardplayer among other things, but we know him as the pianist who gave us THE anthem for Mardi Gras. Join us on Fat Tuesday eve for some Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo that'll get you in the mood. Yea you right!
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.