We'll try to start saying farewell to summer on Monday night with a trip to the tropical Cape Verde Islands. One woman is responsible for bringing this island nation's rich musical tradition to the world: Cesaria Evora (8/27/41-12/17/11). Her Cape Verdean mornas and Portuguese fados, blended with West African percussion, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties, were among the most captivating and beautiful of world music sounds. No passport needed as we sail to Cape Verde with her 1992 album.
One of our favorite more unusual collaborations is the piano of Bruce Hornsby and the hard-drivin' bluegrass of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. They're back with a live album, released this past week. It's our Peak of the Week Thursday night.
The Foundation Performing Arts Center announces its 2013-2014 season marking the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Isothermal Community College (and the 15th season for The Foundation.) The Foundation's Director Russell Wicker talks about the fun and challenges of finding performers that would represent 50 years of music.
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.