If you live in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas City, or Texas, you don't HAVE to like barbecue. But, if you don't people are likely to ask - just curious, ya know - 'What the heck's wrong with you?!' And if you live in Western North or South Carolina and you've never been to the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival - like maybe you live in a cave or you've just moved here - you have GOT TO GO...This Year...This Friday and Saturday!
Herd of 'em? One of WNCW listeners' favorite bands returns to Studio B for another live set. This time the eclectic band of zydeco, reggae, old-time, country, and killer jams has brand new songs from "Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday", which will be released 6/18. Heck they even have a video for one of them! They play the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival in Tryon on Saturday.
It's the soundtrack to a flatpicker's heaven on Monday night, when we spin this 1987 gem that features 14 tunes from two of the best. Norman's traditional stylings mesh with Tony's explosive rhythm and runs on this collection of traditional tunes, Blake originals, and covers of the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and Gordon Lightfoot (who'll be performing in Asheville 6/16!) Celebrate Tony's 6/8 birthday and Norman's wife Nancy's 6/11 birthday with us this week!
Jason Isbell, formerly with his band The 400 Unit and the Drive-By Truckers before that, has a new solo release that is more intimate and emotionally revealing than his previous works. Released on Tuesday the 11th, it captures the 34-year-old's head and heart during a time of significant transitions, including his recent marriage to fiddler/singer Amanda Shires. Says Isbell, "If you’re honest enough with your audience over the years, you’ll see that the audience feels very similar to you.
Our annual live coverage from the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival resumes Friday afternoon when Joe Kendrick and Rob Daves bring you an eclectic mix of artists performing at this week's fest. They'll broadcast live from the radio compound behind What Stage (or is it Which Stage?) in Manchester, TN with observations, tales, and perhaps a few surprises. Tune in for a fun Friday afternoon!
Marshall "Tall Girl" Chapman: One of Spartanburg's greatest exports, one of Nashville's finest songwriters, and a terrific author, too (Do yourself a favor and check out Goodbye Little Rock and Roller, They Came To Nashville, and regular articles in Garden & Gun among other publications.) She plays a hometown concert Friday night in support of her latest album, released this past week. What does her friend and fellow Nashville icon Rodney Crowell say about it?