Georgia's Packway Handle Band is rooted in old-school bluegrass, but you will no doubt hear their nods to rock, punk, and more as well. For their latest project, they recruited the talented, one-of-a-kind Southern songwriter Jim White to put on his producer's hat, but he ended up lending everything but the kitchen sink in what can be truly be called a full-scale collaboration.
One of our most fun days of programming has arrived, and we've got Mardi Gras music all day long for you throughout Fat Tuesday. We also know you might need to get into the mood the night before with all of your prep -- the gathering of the costume, the making of the roux, the baking of the king cake... That's why you'll be in the right place with WNCW beginning at 8pm Monday night with this classic from Mac Rebennack.
Colin Meloy and his tight band of Oregon mates have teamed up with producer Tucker Martine again, for this their 7th studio album. The reviews for it seem to be mixed: on one hand, it's a little less heady and esoteric than their previous, more thematic, more bookish releases, making this more a collection of radio-ready songs that stand on their own (14 songs in all on this longer-than-average one).
From the Beatlesque leanings of The Spongetones to the perfectly crafted pop ditties of Jamie & Steve, Jamie Hoover is the quintessential 'Renaissance Man' of the music world; a superhero of sorts, leaping over musical heights for the past 35-plus years as a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer.
But what makes an artist want to keep on leaping that high, time and time again? Thanks to a recent conversation with Jamie Hoover about his latest album, Jamie Two Ever, I found the answer to that question.
Most known for her stellar work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens has now released her first solo album, interpreting jazz, folk, country, and blues tunes in a bit more of a modern format. Check out her fresh interpretations of "She's Got You", "Black is the Color", "Shake Sugaree", and others on Thursday evening. You might also catch her recent collaboration with Elvis Costello, Jim James, and others in the New Basement Tapes collective of Dylan tunes.
Grant Awards Announced by Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) announces the award of 22 grants totaling $170,000 to help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee culture, and agricultural traditions. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.
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