Chimney Rock State Park will be all a-buzz on Saturday, April 27th as Bee City USA comes to spend the day. Phyllis Stiles, Director of Bee City USA, a program of the Center for Honeybee Research and the Rutherford County Beekeepers Association, will provide a day of fun activities and information about honeybees, their dwindling numbers and what you can do to help these vital members of the insect population. Tune in Thursday to hear about a fun day for the whole family at Chimney Rock and an ecological issue that we all have to face.
On Wednesday, April 24th, it's Denim Day in Haywood County. No, it's not just another 'casual' day. It's a day dedicated to remember the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The story of how it came to be referred to as "Denim Day" is truly amazing. This is not a story for the very young, but it's a story that has to be told. Tune in Monday, April 22 at 8:50 am to hear this very important interview with Buffy Queen, Community Educator with Reach of Haywood.
The word "Comas" translates from Irish Gaelic as "Power," and it describes their own driving power coupled with a fine sensitivity for the inner strands of magic that is inherent in Irish music. This quartet has been making music for ten years now, especially in various venues throughout Ireland, Brittany, Belgium, and the US, from which they each hail. Tune in for a powerful session Thursday morning before they play Asheville that evening!
Monday night we revisit one of the premier bluegrass bands for your Spindale Cycle, especially so we can celebrate the birthdays of members Pat Enright (Monday) and Roland White (Tuesday). This 1990 release features their takes on Stephen Foster, Johnny Cash, and Hank Sr. standards, alongside more traditional bluegrass numbers. Stuart Duncan, Alan O'Bryant, and Gene Libbea round out the lineup.
The Knoxville band featuring the formidable songwriting of Cruz Contreras, singer Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards and drummer Jamie Cook is back with its third strong release. Dynamic, lyrical, multi-dimensional...no doubt one of the strongest regional albums this year, and well worth featuring throughout our Thursday night mix!
Last week I spoke with Chris McGill, an energy supply expert and vice-president Policy Analysis for the American Gas Association, about a two-year report on natural gas. This report said that the supply of natural gas is at an all time high and that's a great thing for the consumers and for the country.
However, that's only one side of the energy story, so to speak. Yesterday I spoke with Katie Hicks, who is with the non-profit, state-wide organization, Clean Water for North Carolina.
Jeremy Kittel is not your average fiddler. His collaborations have included acts as diverse as My Morning Jacket, Abigail Washburn, and The Turtle Island String Quartet, and whether working with those projects or leading his own band, he is one of the leading Scottish/Irish fiddlers today. He brings his band into Studio B before performing Thursday night in Tryon.
Charles Bradley's life story is a compelling one (the subject of a recent documentary film Soul of America). He takes the sounds of Stax, Muscle Shoals, and James Brown in particular, and moves it forward with a level of passion and genuineness not surpassed by anyone. We love his latest Daptone release "Victim of Love", and we welcome him and his band to Studio B before they perform in Asheville Tuesday night.