The sweet voice and talented songwriting behind The Honeycutters is Amanda Anne Platt, who has lately been putting the finishing touches on a new album we are anxiously awaiting. Platt also performs with other Asheville singers in Sweet Claudette. Martin Anderson turns her loose to program the 11am hour with some of her favorite artists and songs on Thursday. The Honeycutters play Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville Friday, and Barley's Taproom in Knoxville Saturday.
We continue our spotlight on 1989 releases for the Spindale Cycle as we celebrate our 25th anniversary this month, with this 5-star blues crossover release. Vaughan had established himself as a powerful force with his 4 or 5 previous releases, but this one was the first to really showcase his own songwriting (co-writes with Doyle Bramhall on "The House is Rockin'", "Tightrope", "Scratch-n-Sniff"), and one of his most revered albums.
Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman has assembled one heckuva group, featuring dual lead vocals with Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, along with lead guitarist Tom Bukovac and bassist Nick Govrik. Trigger Hippy digs into gritty blues and powerful soul-infused rock, with influences from each of these established artists showing strong on this self-titled debut. Join us as we spotlight it Thursday night. And if you ever get a chance to see them live, do it!
"He's got lifetimes of emotion in his voice." So says Mary Gauthier in this documentary about gospel singer Mike Farris. His moving new release Shine For All the People is a favorite here at WNCW, and Mike joins Joe Kendrick live on Friday at 1pm, on his way to The Evening Muse in Charlotte Friday night and the Altamont Theatre in Asheville on Sunday.
Miss Tess embodies a lot of what we love in an artist: someone who draws from a variety of our favorite styles including vintage jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans blues. Her thoughtful response to where she would go if she had a time machine pretty much describes any of WNCW's weekday hosts, too. She and her band the Talkbacks did a great session in Studio B last year, and "People Come Here For Gold" is on our new Crowd Around the Mic compilation from there.
We're revisiting some 1989 albums this month in honor of our first month on the air back 25 years ago, and the very first song we played, on this date no less, was the title track from this fine sophomore effort of Chapman's. There's a dedication to South African icon Nelson Mandela with "Freedom Fighter", a lament for the disadvantaged lower class in "Subcity", and the more or less obvious topics covered in "Material World" and "Born to Fight".