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?
Ask Bonnie Raitt, Bill Berry (R.E.M.), or Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band), and they'll tell you their favorite contemporary Southern songwriter may well be Randall Bramblett. After working closely with Steve Winwood (16 years!), Widespread Panic, Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Gov't Mule and others all this time, he's incorporated a surprising array of styles into his own work. Many people are calling his new album The Bright Spots (New West Records) among his strongest works yet. Some of us here at WNCW can't argue with that.
Monday night we break out the New Wave/Punk dance grooves with you, as June 1st is the 30th anniversary of the release of Speaking in Tongues from the Talking Heads. David Byrne and company made their names for themselves with this one: "Girlfriend Is Better"! "Swamp"! "This Must Be the Place"! "BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE"! Hold tight, wait 'til the party's over...
Iron and Wine is mostly the work of singer/songwriter/guitarist Sam Beam, but producer Brian Deck deserves a lot of the credit for his/their sound as well. They collaborate well together again on this new release. While this is definitely an Iron and Wine album, Beam also includes a few different moods and styles on some of these songs, and it's almost more in a jazz direction, thanks to jazz drummer Brian Blade, standup bassist Tony Garnier, and a liberal use of horns.
WNCW is very sad to report the passing of one of our family; a great friend and colleague Steve Hecht, host of “The Saturday Night House Party”. He was a brave man, a fighter with no measure in the struggle against cancer.