We are honored to be able to bring you one of THE live concerts of the year, in its entirety. This is the 25th anniversary of Warren's tradition of gathering great musicians together in his hometown to raise funds for Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity, so he's once again got two nights of the Christmas Jam. Thus the annual "Pre-Jam" makes a rare Thursday night appearance. It began 15 years ago when Warren and a few others (heard of Susan Tedeschi? Derek Trucks? Little Milton?) jammed live in Studio B, and has evolved i
One of the best singer/songwriters keeping the artform's flame lit these days is this native of Banner Elk, NC. He's been in Seattle for a few years now, but as you can see and will hear over the course of Thursday evening, he has not left his WNC roots. Mojo Magazine gives this latest from him 4 stars. Tune in to hear why more and more are discovering Barton Carroll.
Amos Lee's insightful songwriting and soulful vocals are as strong as ever on this, his fifth release. He moves in more of an Americana direction on this one, which was in fact recorded in Nashville, and features a number of local heavyweights like Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, and Patty Griffin. No question his soul, jazz, and rock influences will come through in our eclectic Thursday night mix too, though!
He grew up in Sweden, the son of a jazz drummer. But Osborne has been one of our favorite New Orleans-based blues-rock guitarists and singer-songwriters of the last 10 or more years, and this new one on Alligator Records quickly became a staff favorite around here. Intensely passionate one moment, emotionally fragile the next, Peace is his most multi-dimensional and honest snapshot to date.
Who else but Bob Dylan could release TEN volumes (and counting) of "bootleg" studio/stage recordings, and each one full of great material? This one is centered around Self-Portrait (various folk and traditional songs) and New Morning (one of his best, under-recognized albums), but also includes outtakes & such from Nashville Skyline and work with The Band. Check out the fine accompaniment too, from the likes of David Bromberg, Al Kooper, and George Harrison. Brad will fit as many of these 35 songs as he can into your Thursday night mix.
They've made great music with their own respective bands (Medeski, Martin & Wood, and King Johnson), but for the last 8 or so years Chris and Oliver Wood have "reunited" for a trio with percussionist Jano Rix. This new one, produced by Buddy Miller, is without a doubt a Top 10 favorite of ours here at 'NCW. Jazzy honky tonk gospel blues throughout this Thursday evening, courtesy of The Wood Brothers!
Check out Neko Case's first couple records, and you might consider her a honky-tonk/country singer. She actually got her start playing drums in a punk band. ....No wonder we love her. Case's latest album comes following a series of rough spots, including the loss of both parents, and a grandmother she was even closer to. And then there's the mother she overheard in the Honululu airport.... This new one has been getting a tidal wave of great reviews, as both her strongest and her strangest.
Two of our favorite songwriters have united together for the third time. This time, Tim and Darrell spent a good stretch of time in Darrell's cabin in the Tennessee countryside, writing and recording these new songs with a broad variety of acoustic instruments. We'll play all the tunes from it throughout the course of your Thursday night music mix. And you can ask for this CD to be sent your way as a thank-you gift for your pledge of support to WNCW this week!
The duo of Luther and Cody Dickinson keep their great groove of North Mississippi blues fused with hip-hop, alt-rock, and more going with this, their 7th release, and probably one of their best. "World boogie is coming" was one of the favorite blessings of their father, producer Jim Dickinson, and his spirit is all over this one, along with the help of long-time friends, Lightnin' Malcolm, Duwayne and Garry Burnside, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Robert Plant, Chris Chew, and others.
One of our favorite regional bands, and in fact one of WNCW listeners' favorite acts of all time, Acoustic Syndicate is back with a new Little King Records release, Rooftop Garden. Steve, Bryon, and Fitz McMurry, Jay Sanders, and Billy Cardine are proud of this new one, as well they should be! We'll spin all the tunes from it throughout this Thursday night.