Indigo Girl Amy Ray has a new release that is a bit of a career first for her -- an album exploring her Southern musical roots growing up listening to country and roots music. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, with guests Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire, Susan Tedeschi, Kelly Hogan, and members of Megafaun, the songs on the acoustic-based Goodnight Tender were written over the course of the last decade or so. It will be released on 1/28, and Ray has a CD release show in West Asheville on Friday the 24th (Isis).
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We've got what looks to be a fun session this Thursday when this band from Asheville visits us for the first time. With a triple-entendre of a name like theirs, and a great grasp of the turn-of-the-(20th)-Century blues that they specialize in,these guys are sure to please, as they have done already at MerleFest, various clubs, and various street corners these past few years. They play Thursday night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville with Jesse Carolina & the Hot Mess, and the Crow Quill Night Owls.
It was her third album (2nd one of original songs), but in many ways this 1988 release was a breakthrough for her, and set the stage for Sweet Old World and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road that followed. A remastered version is being released on 1/14, with an accompanying collection of live material from The Netherlands in 1989, and other bonus tracks. We'll celebrate it with "Changed the Locks", "Passionate Kisses", "Crescent City", and the rest of this great Rough Trade reissue Monday night.
In one of the more surprising collaborations of late, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with Norah Jones. Equally surprising is the material they decided to focus on: standards of The Everly Brothers canon -- some of their darker, more powerful songs. And as fate would have it Phil Everly passed away on the 3rd of this month, age 74. In what may have been his final interview just weeks before his death, Phil gave his approval for the project: “In the beginning of rock & roll, there was always innovation.
The hot trio of Western swing and more from Austin, TX put out Rendezvous in Rhythm last year, which features songs from the great Gypsy Jazz/Hot Club of France era of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. It's been far too long since they visited Studio B, so we're elated to welcome Elana James, Whit Smith, and Jake Erwin back before their Asheville show!
Some of us first heard of Georgia-bred, Nashville-based Lera Lynn in 2011, when she won that year's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. She is back with a new release (Lying in the Sun) and a tour that includes Asheville Thursday night. "...she is an Americana act of promise, who can do slow smoldering honkytonk and fleet Western Swing, plus with a band that can upend roots-music expectations." - Philly.com