The reggae world lost a big one last Monday with the passing of Junior Murvin. Best known for his huge 1976 hit "Police and Thieves" (which was made further popular by The Clash's great cover), Murvin had a beautiful falsetto that (perhaps) belied the hard-hitting, often brutal reality of violence and inequality he sang about. This album has the classic reggae production stamp of Lee "Scratch" Perry all over it. As critic Rick Anderson has written, "There may be eight or ten perfect reggae albums in existence, and this is certainly one of them."
We are honored to be able to bring you one of THE live concerts of the year, in its entirety. This is the 25th anniversary of Warren's tradition of gathering great musicians together in his hometown to raise funds for Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity, so he's once again got two nights of the Christmas Jam. Thus the annual "Pre-Jam" makes a rare Thursday night appearance. It began 15 years ago when Warren and a few others (heard of Susan Tedeschi? Derek Trucks? Little Milton?) jammed live in Studio B, and has evolved into
Join WNCW and "Goin' Across The Mountain" Saturday, December 7th at Noon for the 51st Anniversary of this historic moment in music. Dennis Jones brings you all the excitement in the complete concert. It's the annual early Christmas present for Bluegrass Fans World Wide.
We have our region's two best known singer/storytellers here on Wednesday morning. Sheila Kay Adams recently received the National Heritage Fellowship at The White House, which is the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. She and Michael Reno Harrell will perform Holiday songs from their "Blue Ridge Christmas" shows they'll be doing on the 8th in Black Mountain, the 12th and 15th in Waynesville, and the 20th in Brevard.
There aren't a whole lot of bluegrass-inspired bands that embrace electronic music, to the point where they've performed at Asheville's Moog Music Factory. In fact who knows, Brushfire Stankgrass might be the only one. Their earlier album One for the Salamanders was a regional favorite among WNCW listeners, and their new release Microclimates has what it takes to top that one. The boys return and will join Joe Kendrick live Wednesday at 2.
Jacob Johnson, from Traveler's Rest, SC, is back with a new Christmas album. "Johnson sounds like Norman Rockwell paintings and the open road. He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to craft a sound he calls 'Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk'." - The Florence Morning News. He plays in Waynesville Thursday night, and Spartanburg & Greenville the weekend after next.