If there is a poet laureate for Iowa, or perhaps the Midwest in general, it should be Greg Brown. On this album from '94, Brown's unique spin of poetry and storytelling begins with a flashback to riding in his parents' "Brand New '64 Dodge", and the loss of faith and innocence America felt that year. From there he describes life in a typical American "Boomtown", offers a unique comparison between "Jesus and Elvis", and reflects on young love, lost friends, and modern-day America in the title track. Celebrate Greg Brown's July 2nd birthday with us and this gem that has held up quite well
How is it that a band that has been pounding the pavement for 20 years, living the rock-n-roll lifestyle and all that that conjures up, can still sound as young and fired up as kids half their age? Singer Rhett Miller, guitarist Ken Betthea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples have one of their best albums yet, on this tenth Old 97's release. As critic Mark Deming writes, Most Messed Up "sounds like the band rolled in, hit record, and let it rip, and the final product is tight, raucous, and the hardest rockin' set of tunes these guys have offered up since 1999's
Magic Sam Maghett was known for his blistering guitar work, able to fire off notes with the speed and precision of a machine gun. But there hasn't been much known about live recordings of his, because he died at the young age of 32 from a heart attack in 1969. But a quality reel-to-reel tape from a dynamic show at of all places a coffee shop in Milwaukee showed up last year, and we've got it for you Monday night. Recorded June 22nd, 1968, this'll get your summer off to a blistering hot start!
With festival season in full swing, we now turn our attention to the infamous Red, White and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton on June 26-28th. WNCW is seeking volunteers to staff our booth at the festival, and we thought of you!! If you have the time for a shift or two over the weekend, please shout out and we`ll get you into this amazing event.
Daniel Coston will join Joe Kendrick in the Air Studio on Wednesday as a guest DJ. Tune in as they play music from North Carolina's (and especially Charlotte's) musical past and present. Joe and Daniel will also discuss Daniel's latest book, There Was A Time: Rock & Roll In The 1960s In Charlotte, And North Carolina (second edition). The big release party and Charlotte 60s Reunion concert will be at the Neighborhood Theatre on June 21st.
Aired June 6, 2014 - Listen to Paul Foster's recent interview with Elizabeth Hudson, the editor-in-chief of Our State magazine, about her favorite recent articles about Western North Carolina and the history behind the publication. This podcast includes every North Carolinian's dream, from dude ranches to BBQ, while also discussing the amazing growth of the 81 year old publication. More information is available at Our State.com or at 800-984-1809
45 years ago saw this debut of one of the most promising English singer-songwriters, though he only made three full-length albums before dying in 1974. And he went relatively unnoticed while alive, but he's gathered a veritable cult following since then --and yes it started well before his song "Pink Moon" showed up on that popular TV commercial. After being discovered at a rare live performance by a member of Fairport Convention, Drake won the support of producer Joe Boyd, and also got assistance from Fairport guitarist Richard Thompson and Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson (no r
Aired May 30, 2014 - Listen in to WNCW's recent conversation with David Weintraub, executive director of the Center for Cultural Preservation in Hendersonville, N.C. David talks about the Center's efforts to preserve Western North Carolina's stories and heritage though his most recent project, Mountain Elder Wisdom. Information was also provided about a gallery event at Higher Art Studio in support of the project. Learn more about the center at save culture.org or phone (828) 692-8062. Every month there is a new oral history excerpt posted online.
WNCW's This Old Porch host John Fowler is also the author of a book about a fascinating character of Upstate SC history, Spartanburg's Trotting Sally. Little was known about this African-American fiddler of the early/mid 20th Century, until now. Join Martin Anderson and John Fowler, right after our "Ten O'Clock Doc" set.