Who doesn't like good food and the good wines that go with it? Pairing regional food with the best wines has been a tradition as far back as the Greeks and Romans, and long before that. The 5th Annual Asheville Wine and Food Festival takes place beginning on Thursday, August 22nd and running through Saturday, August 24th with the GRAND TASTING at the U.S.Cellular Center at 87 Haywood Street in Asheville.
They moved to Asheville from Brooklyn in 2010, and they've become one of the hottest bands in the region these days: The Broadcast is a 6-piece band fronted by powerful singer Caitlin Krisko. They've got a new release, Dodge the Arrow, being released this Fall, and we'll hear some of these new tunes live on Wednesday with Joe Kendrick.
Newgrass Revival...The Doobie Brothers...his own killer band....pretty much every Merlefest...WNCW listeners have cherished John Cowan and his incredible voice for as long as we've been on the air. Cowan's currently on a big 60th Birthday Tour, and he, Jeff Autry, Shadd Cobb, and more will visit Studio B before their tour takes them to Charlotte for a Thursday night show.
We celebrate Robert Plant's August 20th birthday this week with Monday night's spotlight on Led Zeppelin's 1973 masterpiece, Houses of the Holy. Following their series of "I-IV", the band branched out with a few different directions, yet the sound remains the same: classic Zeppelin that is just as incredible 40 years later as it was when it was first released. "The Rain Song", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "D'Yer Maker", "No Quarter", "Dancing Days", "The Song Remains the Same".... turn it up Monday night!
Singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks are on fire these days! The sweet couple's band, both in the studio and on the road, is tight and powerful, and they have what has got to be considered by many their strongest album yet, Made Up Mind. Join us as we feature this great collection of blues, soul, rock, and killer jams on Thursday night.
I did not know until after I spoke with J.T. Lundy, author of 'Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy', that this is his first book. I also did not know that I was his first interview. You couldn't tell it by me - as they say.
J.T. Lundy has written a book that is humorous and scary, contains enough truth in it to keep you wondering if it might not all be true, and is a really fun read. It doesn't contain profane language or bloody, gory scenes, or any 'adult situations' to speak of.
Some stories catch your interest at a time in your life when you most need a distraction. 'The Planter', by Rutherford County native Pat Jobe, is one of those stories. It is a book that in so many way defies definition, and I think that's good. It could be a fantasy; it could be true; it could be inspirational; it could appeal to agnostics or even those who don't believe in anything.
In this case, it's all of those things. Jobe calls it a short novel, and that it may be, but it will stay with me. Tune in to hear my conversation with Pat Jobe.
Mandolin Orange are Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, who met at a Chapel Hill jam session in 2009 and soon discovered that their fiddle and guitar made a great sound together. Blending folk, gospel, and bluegrass, their style is a sweet Southern Appalachian blend that is quite at home here at WNCW. They perform Wednesday the 13th in Knoxville, Friday the 16th in Asheville, and Saturday the 17th in Charlotte.