One of our favorite annual traditions here at WNCW is breaking out this 1965 classic for The Spindale Cycle on the Monday night before Christmas. Listening to "Christmas Time Is Here" from Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and the rest of the Peanuts gang is all it takes to get you into the Holiday spirit if you're not already. But aside from the holiday theme, it's just some really cool jazz from one of its heydays. Guaraldi's adventurous piano improvisations and arrangements are nothing short of delightful.
Since 1990, WNCW listeners have cast their votes for their favorite albums of the year. This year's snapshot of our favorites is another eclectic list of rock, Americana, blues, bluegrass, jazz, ...and a few artists that defy categorization. Tune in Monday, Dec. 29 as we count down from 100 to 1 with a tune from each album. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 30 we'll do it again with different tunes. Thanks to everyone who voted!
Join WNCW Wednesday, December 31st for a rebroadcast of the Christmas Pre-Jam!
The Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam has come and gone for another year, but the memories remain...Jackie Greene playing with Gov't Mule, The Revivalists, Love Canon, Jack Pearson, Jason Isbell, and so much more. Thanks to Highland Brewing, Luellas BBQ and Colorful Palate, you have a chance to relive that special night with WNCW's rebroadcast of the Pre-Jam performances on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31. Join us beginning at 8pm. Its the Pre-Jam, again, on WNCW.
There are two pieces of copier paper with more than sixty artist and band names hand-written on them staring at me. My scrawl occasionally stumbles with lines redrawn, some letters emboldened when I paused and fixated on them or obscured when I sped through to catch up to the next name in mind. There are two pieces of paper because they were made two weeks apart, from two worlds of music representing songs I would play by day or, for the most part, leave to others to play at night. They stare at me and push the needle of cognition into the red.
The story of Phil Ochs, and the stories he sang about, are tragic indeed. And yet, he had a way of covering some pretty heavy material in a manner that not only made sense of the chaos and injustice he saw around him, but sometimes made us laugh about it all. Born on December 19th 1940, Ochs quickly became one of the premier folk singers of Greenwich Village following his successful 1964 debut, All The News That's Fit to Sing. This followup to that was even stronger, and stands the test of time.
Can you believe the Colorado pioneers of polyethnic Cajun slamgrass formed a full 25 years ago? We've loved 'em since their first recordings, and we're pleased to feature this new one from them this week.
Al and Amy are a multiple award-winning duo who perform a beautiful blend of Celtic and Appalachian inspired acoustic music on guitar, mandolin, harp, piano, dulcimer, and more. They live in nearby Fairview, and take part in the annual "Swannanoa Solstice" tradition in Asheville every year around this time. This year, it's Sunday the 21st, with Robin Bullock, Sheila Kay Adams, EJ Jones, and others. Join Martin Anderson for this Holiday session from Studio B on Thursday morning.