Leave it to Susan Werner to successfully weave both humor and serious passion into an album that centers around agrochemicals, climate change, and sustainable agriculture. The singer/songwriter with deep Iowa farm roots does so on her latest project Hayseed, and she'll talk with us about it this Thursday afternoon in advance of her Asheville concert.
This '72 album is truly "Dedicated To a Brother: Duane Allman", and captures the band both shortly before Duane's untimely death in October of '71, and with some choice recordings made by the surviving members in the following months. Somehow, they were able to not only come back together and continue hittin' the note, but put together some of their strongest material, in loving tribute to Gregg's, and the rest of the band's, brother. Celebrate Duane's birthday this week.
Amos Lee's insightful songwriting and soulful vocals are as strong as ever on this, his fifth release. He moves in more of an Americana direction on this one, which was in fact recorded in Nashville, and features a number of local heavyweights like Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, and Patty Griffin. No question his soul, jazz, and rock influences will come through in our eclectic Thursday night mix too, though!
She's co-written a big hit for Trisha Yearwood, and shown up on Dawson's Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but frankly, we love singer/songwriter Kim Richey for her own catalog of terrific albums. She plays Greenwood, SC on Thursday, and Asheville on Saturday, and spends Friday morning on the air with Martin Anderson.
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.