After a childhood in which her musical ambitions were by and large supressed, Amelia White fled for Boston and its thriving folk scene, and now calls East Nashville home. Her latest release "Old Postcard" has received great reviews from such outlets as American Songwriter, No Depression, and WXPN, and she'll spend time with Martin Anderson in Studio B while passing through our area.
The Asheville Percussion Festival returns on June 20th-22nd, now in its third year. 20 workshops, various concerts and demonstrations, and percussion vending take over downtown Asheville, and we'll talk with Lizz Wright (one of our favorite modern soul/R&B singers, who now calls Asheville home), River Guergarian, Chris Rosser, and perhaps other participants on Wednesday afternoon.
We celebrate the June 8th birthday of one of our favorite guitarists of all time with this 5-star album that also features Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, & Ricky Skaggs, and a great collection of songs from the pens of Merle Travis, Norman Blake, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Martin, and the Delmore Brothers, not to mention definitive versions of some old traditional tunes.
Funk, Soul, & Jazz combine for this ninth studio release from The UK's New Mastersounds. This one features guest vocalist Kim Dawson (The Motet), and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce.) We still can't believe we had these guys in Studio B once!
Tune in this week for details about how you could win a pair of tickets to see Gov't Mule at the Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory in Charlotte, NC on Thursday, July 24. Click here for details about the show.
One of our favorite live Studio B bluegrass sessions last year was from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (even if he didn't cook up some of the amazing entrees Chef Frank is known for!) Frank's powerful voice and impressive mandolin chops are backed by banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and strong bass work from Dan Booth. They play Asheville Thursday night and Greenville on Friday night.
Summer's here, and the time is right....for spinning one of the finest albums to come out of the Summer of Love: Love's 1967 masterpiece Forever Changes. While filled with flowing optimism and a technicolor spectrum of beauty like the vibe of the time, this album also somehow forecast the foreboding dark clouds that were gathering on the horizon of 1968: hard drug abuse, street violence, war, and the cynicism and fear that came with it. Somehow, songwriters Arthur Lee and Bryan MacLean seemed to see this coming, and brilliantly captured it all in this classic.
Nicole Lane Frady grew up in Greenville, SC, but when she turned 18, she fled to L.A. and worked as a fashion designer for a short time, before moving to NYC, where a messy breakup inspired her to seek therapy in the form of songwriting, a la the styles of Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard. Thus we have the reinvented Nikki Lane, who now resides in Nashville, and has teamed up with producer Dan Auerbach for the multi-layered All Or Nothin' release on New West Records. She's found the perfect balance of rockabilly, 60's pop, and her country-punk roots on this one.