Warren Hood was just in Studio B last May, as part of Hayes Carll's backing band. His own trio has singer/pianist Emily Gimble and guitarist Willie Pipkin, and the spotlight's on them this time before heading to shows in Black Mountain Thursday, Spartanburg Friday, and Saluda Sunday. Warren, the son of the late Champ Hood from Spartanburg and Austin's Uncle Walt's Band, also plays regularly with his band The Waybacks; he's one of the most dynamic, expressive fiddlers in Americana.
The Barefoot Movement are a young acoustic group from Johnson City, with a sweet new release called Figures of the Year. They kick off a busy September with a show in their hometown before a string of other gigs in our area including Hickory, Brevard, Greenville, Fairview and Knoxville.
We are lucky that Australian blues guitar great Geoff Achison loves our area -- he's back again for a string of shows that includes Tryon, Knoxville, Saluda, and Asheville these next couple weeks. Some of his shows will be solo, but he's bringing his band The Souldiggers -- including Randall Bramblett! -- into Studio B this time. "Geoff is one of the finest blues guitarists I know with a completely individual style." --Jorma Kaukonen
Katey Schultz is a resident of Burnsville and a writer. Or perhaps I should say she is a writer and a resident of Burnsville. "Flashes of War" by Katey Schultz is indeed about war, but not in any sort of conventional way. I likely would not have seen it at the bookstore and "jumped" on it as something to read for the pure pleasure of reading. But I know better now.
Blues guitarist Freddie King is what we at WNCW consider one of the 3 great Kings of the Blues (along with Albert and of course B.B.) Freddie rose to popularity in the early 60's with a string of tight, catchy instrumentals. This album from a 1974 concert in Atlanta includes some choice versions of standards like "Dust My Broom", "Key to the Highway", and "Sweet Home Chicago", and also includes some interesting interview snippets with him.
Grace Cathey is not just any sculptor. Grace is a metal and steel sculptor and she does most of her work from her studio in one half of her husband's service station in Waynesville, NC. If you have not had the pleasure of traveling there to see her studio/service station waiting room/sculpture garden, then reading 'Fire and Ice' by Cathey and Writer/historian Sara M. Evans will suffice until you canmake it to Waynesville to meet her.