Armed with autoharp, charango, guitar, percussion, and various assorted keyboards (pianoette??), Basia Bulat's new album Tall Tall Shadow was made in collaboration with members of Arcade Fire. You may have heard her interview on The World Cafe last week, or read any number of rave reviews in the NY Times, SPIN, Mother Jones, or Pitchfork. The Toronto native visits us for the first time on her way to her Asheville show Thursday night.
Willy Mason is a fascinating songwriter with a fascinating family tree (a direct descendant of the 19th-century philosopher William James, the brother of novelist Henry James.) His first big break came in 2004 when Conor Oborst fell in love with his work, which has drawn comparisons to Springsteen's Nebraska, or Salinger's Holden Caulfield. He's been on a big tour supporting Mumford & Sons this year, but plays Asheville with the great Laura Marling Wednesday night.
Is he a jazz artist? Is he a blues singer? Is he a singer-songwriter? Yes. And it really shouldn't matter whether he's one or all of the above, but this "category problem" has unfortunately meant that not enough people are familiar with the great Mose Allison. We have his 1976 album, which oddly was his only one between '73 and '81, for your Monday night as we celebrate his birthday.
He grew up in Sweden, the son of a jazz drummer. But Osborne has been one of our favorite New Orleans-based blues-rock guitarists and singer-songwriters of the last 10 or more years, and this new one on Alligator Records quickly became a staff favorite around here. Intensely passionate one moment, emotionally fragile the next, Peace is his most multi-dimensional and honest snapshot to date.
This just in! Karl Denson and band return to Studio B this Friday morning, in between their Thursday Charlotte and Friday Asheville shows. The co-founder of The Greyboy Allstars and currently a member of dub reggae band Slightly Stoopid, Denson is a powerful force. His 6-piece band has a tight, full sound that is anything but tiny.
Tune in on Friday, November 8th around 1pm as Joe Kendrick talks with James Caldwell, conference manager of the Midatlantic Music Conference. Joe will be taking part in the largest conference in the midatlantic region that evening in the conference's opening Panel 6-7p.m.
Nashville legend Lloyd Maines, who has produced the Sons of Fathers' latest release, describes them as “the Everly Brothers meets Neil Young and Merle Haggard and The Clash.” And we don't want to argue with Lloyd Maines... They play Knoxville Thursday and Charlotte Friday.
We celebrate the birthday of one of Americana's best songwriters this week with Guy's 2nd album, from 1976. This one features an all-star cast of guests, including Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell -- all together on the same chorus, even! Johnny Gimble, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Tracy Nelson are here too. If Guy's skills as a top tier ballad writer weren't already established, they are with with this classic. "Take me to a barroom driver/Set me on a stool/If I can't be her man, I'm damned/If I'll be her fool."