We were saddened to hear of the passing of not one but two legendary rock icons this past week, saxophonist Bobby Keys on the 2nd, and keyboardist Ian McLagan on the 3rd. Both were sought-after session musicians for various stars, most notably the Rolling Stones in the 70's and 80's. This Monday, we'll celebrate the life of "Mac" with the final album of The Faces, from 1973. After frontman Steve Marriott left the Small Faces in 1969, McLagan, Ronnie Lane and co. recruited Ron Wood for guitar, and a young (but already ascending to stardom) Rod Stewart to sing lead.
Todd Snider has been trying out both his songs and those of some of his favorite songwriters (Hayes Carll, Kevn Kinney, Welch/Rawlings among others) in a different band this past year, a supergroup of sorts. Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools has helped assemble the other bandmates: Neal Casal and Jesse Aycock on guitars, Chad Staehly on keyboards, and Duane Trucks on drums & percussion. They began touring last December, and their first couple shows are captured on this new DVD/CD collection that we'll focus on throughout Thursday evening.
Asheville band The Broadcast have put themselves front and center as one of our area's hottest bands since moving here from NYC a few years ago. Front and center for the band is singer Caitlin Krisko, who invokes Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and other giants with her booming voice and dynamic command of the stage. We'll learn some of her favorite musical influences when she joins Martin Anderson as Guest DJ for the 11 o'clock hour on Wednesday. The Broadcast has just released a new single, precursor to an EP coming in early 2015.
Our friend Chris Rosser has a beautiful new release called A Thousand Hands, and a CD Release Show with his bandmates in Free Planet Radio (River Guergarian and Eliot Wadopian) at Isis in West Asheville on Friday the 12th. The three return to WNCW for a live session on Thursday the 4th.
Few will dispute that Jaco Pastorius basically reinvented the the electric bass in jazz when his light burned bright with his fretless from the mid-'70's through mid-'80's. He was a primary force in Weather Report from 1976-'81, and an in-demand session player as well. Just before his start with them, he broke new ground with his self-titled debut, which we'll play for you on Monday night to celebrate what would be his 63rd birthday.
Vermont's Sam Amidon has been immersed in traditional folk and mountain tunes pretty much all his life, and worked once again with bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro on this, his 6th collection of them. But this time, it's as much a duet album between him and Bill Frisell, one of our favorite guitarists at WNCW. Add to that the icy, sparse, dissonant, edgy arrangements of producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Sigur Ros, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), and you get some wildly different interpretations of "Walkin' Boss", "Your Lone Journey", "Groundhog", and others.
Every year around this time, your WNCW hosts start prepping and cooking in the WNCW kitchen that is our great Music Library, to prepare for you a smorgasbord of songs centered around thankfulness, family, and above all, food. We've got all the meals, main & side dishes, beverages, and food groups covered -- no need to bring anything! We start the theme early in the week, but the main course, per tradition, will be Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Massacree, served up just past Noon on Thursday. Join us all day and into the night: we've got a place at the table for you.