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.
With his easy-going style, and imagery-rich songs depicting hope, despair, and small-town life, Bill Morrissey was a favorite of the folk singer scene of the '80's and '90's, including many of us here at WNCW. We celebrate his November 25th birthday with this album from 20 years ago.
On the Thanksgiving evening edition of Dig, Kim Clark hops into the Wayback Machine and transports us to Thanksgiving Day 1968. We'll hear the songs that were topping the chart that day, songs from future superstars who were just getting started, and some cool stuff that was burning up the airwaves at the time that we've rarely heard since. Hop aboard the T-Day time machine and join us!
Tune in this week for your opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see the Punch Brothers in Asheville on February 24, 2015 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Several pair of tickets will be given away on the air throughout the week.
The former frontman for one of our favorite North Carolina bands is back this year, first with a book he released this summer called Hell: My Life In The Squirrel Nut Zippers, and now with a new CD we're enjoying here at WNCW. He's doing a reading and book-signing at Malaprop's in Asheville Monday evening, and visits with Joe on the way there.
No one blends music, poetry and storytelling quite like the uniquely Southern Minton Sparks. As fellow fan Marshall Chapman says, "If she's not the ghost child of Flannery O'Connor and Hank Williams, then cotton doesn't grow in a cotton field." She is in Asheville on Saturday the 22nd for a "Create Your Story" writing workshop, and Sunday the 23rd for an "Asheville Tellabration". Joe Kendrick speaks with her, and we'll hear some of her choice recordings.