The winner of numerous jazz awards since her 2006 debut, singer Catherine Russell is in the area for a rather rare concert performance in Tryon Friday evening. Her father Luis was Louis Armstrong's longtime collaborator and music director, and her mother Carline Ray worked a lot with Ruth Brown and Mary Lou Williams among others, and Catherine herself has supported artists ranging from David Bowie to Steely Dan to Paul Simon...so we'll have one or two degrees of separation from just about everyone Friday afternoon! Her new r
Here's a "classic" album you probably have never heard, unless you lived around the Chicago blues scene ~1979. That's when this smokin' album was recorded and released (originally called After Work), only to go out of print shortly thereafter. Fortunately, Delmark Records has reissued it, along with some bonus tracks, all of which are hot. Queen Sylvia delivered fiery gospel blues vocals along with her bass, and (former husband) John Embry laid down a "hard-hitting style of ringing, cutting guitar playing that makes no concessions to disco, rock, or slick soul", as a review cla
A great new band on the scene, Hooray For the Riff Raff actually hit the ground running in 2012, and is actually the work of Alynda Lee Sagarra. She grew up in NYC listening to punk, and settled in New Orleans, picking up a banjo in North Carolina on the way. That diverse musical background, and some of the topics covered in her songwriting ("Levon's Dream", "Small Town Heroes", and a sweet tribute to Maybelle Carter in "Blue Ridge Mountains"), make this a natural fit for us at WNCW.
Three Miles, Thirty five obstacles and lots of mud; that`s the Goodwill Mud Run, Taking place April 12-13 in Greenville. WNCW wants to send some intrepid listeners to tackle the muddy course and benefit Goodwill Industries. Send your name address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. We`ll draw names to build two adventure teams to compete. Contest ends April 1st. More info here.
WNCW’s midday host Joe Kendrick talks with banjo iconoclast Danny Barnes Thursday in the one p.m. hour ahead of his performance this Saturday night at Moonlight Mile in Arden, NC. Danny’s latest record, Shri 108, is a further exploration of music he calls “barnyard electronics”, a solo album that blends acoustic and programmed music with lyrical themes of struggle and common dignity.
For this week's "Ten O'Clock Doc" we'll spend the hour with Steve Johnson, the Events Artist Relations Manager for Wilkes Community College and Merlefest. Join us for discussion about the various updates, changes, and of course traditions to expect for this year's festival (which according to their website will be 37 days, 4 hours, and 24 minutes away.) And of course we'll cram in as many of the scheduled acts as possible!