One of our favorite contemporary songwriters, Mary Gauthier delivers her self-described "country-noir" style with an authenticity and rawness matched by few. Recorded in an intimate venue -- an artists’ ranch in Wimberley, Texas – this new live album features some of our favorite songs of hers that touch on the unsettling side of contemporary American society: executed murderers, unrepentant alcoholics, troubled teenage adoptees, even drag queens in limousines. She is accompanied by former Duhk Tania Elizabeth on fiddle and percussionist Mike Meadows.
Tom Godleski might be best known as the head of local bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike, but the Asheville native also has a flair for drama. An accomplished playwright and storyteller, Godleski created the show "Fresh Preserves" a few years back and now performs it in Asheville on a near-annual basis. The autobiographical theater experience blends music, art and even quilts with real-life stories from Godleski's childhood. It returns to NC Stage in Asheville Jan. 23rd through the 27th. Godleski recently spoke with Stina Sieg.
After Pops Staples and his daughters met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., they began writing a string of civil rights songs to accompany Dr. King's speeches and movement, including King's favorite, "Why Am I Treated So Bad?". We honor Dr. King's birthday Monday evening with The Staples Singers' 1972 Stax album, which featured 3 R&B Top 10 hits: "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "This World."
This weekend is the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Monday is the day we celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And, tomorrow - January 19 - has been designated the National Day of Service by the President.
Yesterday, I spoke with Neil Bush, Chairman of the Board of the Points of Light Foundation and the middle of five children of President George H.W. Bush.
Kevin Abernathy covers a lot of ground playing gigs in his native East Tennessee (originally from Madisonville, now living in Knoxville), especially following the release of his 2012 collection "Some Stories". He crosses the border to play Spartanburg Friday night, and we look forward to welcoming him to WNCW for his first visit at 1pm.
Angel Snow (yes that's her real name) has been gaining a lot of attention lately with her latest album, thanks in part to strong collaborations with producer Viktor Krauss (and high praise from Viktor's sister Alison.) Her Georgia childhood, her move to California, acting school, psychology degree, faith....these are some of the experiences she draws from for her songwriting. She plays Friday night in Black Mountain with The Black Lillies.
It's two of our favorites, together at last! Actually, Buddy and Jim have a history of musical collaborations that go back to at least 1994, and Miller's guitar work and more have blended with Lauderdale's singing and songwriting numerous times since then (including at each year's Americana Music Association Awards Show, where Buddy serves as bandleader and Jim as host.) Destined to be one of the strongest collaborations of the year, it's Buddy & Jim for your Peak of the Week this Thursday night after The World Cafe.
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