We won't settle for just one honky-tonk-flavored act this week. Miss Tess blends it in with early jazz, country, and blues styles to make a tight, rhythmic mix of Americana. She brings her band to Studio B for the first time before playing Asheville Friday night, and the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Knoxville after that.
Big Sandy is celebrating 25 years with his Fly-Rite Boys, with a new all acoustic album “What A Dream It’s Been”, as well as a tour that brings him to Charlotte & Asheville this week. His blend of rockabilly, honky-tonk, R&B, soul, and more are the perfect sound for his incredible voice and unforgettable stage presence. Tune in!
Amanda Ripley, journalist and writer for the Times, has written her latest book about education, but this one is based on a different way of looking at things. Ripley knew through her research that there were countries where education was important and the students 'got it'. She also knew that there were others where nobody seemed to get it. And, right in the middle of all of them was the United States.
With is ability to play an impressive array of roots styles -- and instruments -- with incredible skill and ease, David Bromberg is one of our favorite artists, and we're so glad he has returned to making music after a hiatus. We celebrate his new release Only Slightly Mad, and his birthday this week, with a listen to this classic live one of his, recorded mostly in 1976 (with a '79 version of "Make Me a Pallet On the Floor" to wrap it up.)
The boys from Brevard & Asheville are back with an album that was recorded at Levon Helm's studios in Woodstock, NY, with famed producer Larry Campbell. The arrangements, songwriting, and harmonies here show how the Rangers just keep getting better and better! A contender for WNCW Listeners' Album of the Year, Tell the Ones I Love will make a great foundation for Brad Watson's music mix throughout this Thursday night.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. Listen to WNCW for your chance to win tickets.