Since 1994, Solas (a Gaelic word for "light") has been breathing new life into traditional Irish music. Their latest project Shamrock City is an interesting spotlight on a turn-of-the-century Montana town that was powered by Irish-American immigrants. Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, and the rest of the band return to Studio B for a live radio ceilidh with Joe Kendrick. They play Thursday evening in Charlotte and Friday evening in Asheville.
Fiddler extraordinaire Casey Driessen has been involved in various projects this year: in addition to a recent presentation at TedX Asheville, Casey has kicked off his "Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project" collaboration, which followed his "Singularity Tour" mix of his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects. He talks and plays with Scotty Robertson in Studio B before his evening performance in Asheville with Carrie Rodriguez.
Ben Harper is back, this time with harmonica blues great Charlie Musselwhite, and on the soulful Stax record label! No Depression magazine calls it "the first great album of 2013...I mean, it’s Ben Harper. It’s Charlie Musselwhite. Do the math." We'll add it all up together with the rest of our Thursday night mix on the last day of the first month.
The Greenville, SC Upstate Forever ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Feb. 21st. Upstate Forever is a non-profit organization promoting sensible growth and protecting special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The ForeverGreen Awards honor individuals and organizations for significant contributions in the fields of land conservation, water quality, air quality, sustainable development, public service and volunteer work.
We celebrate Marty Balin's birthday Monday with this gem from the Summer of Love. Released in February 1967, the album went gold after spending over a year on the Billboard 200 chart, thanks to "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit." Also on here are Jorma Kaukonen's Fahey-esque "Embryonic Journey", and Balin's driving "Plastic Fantastic Lover." The name, by the way, comes from the album's "Spiritual Advisor" (a.k.a. uncredited Producer) Jerry Garcia, who said the album sounded "as Surrealistic as a pillow is soft." Feed your head with this one Monday night...
A few years ago, some Asheville area bands that specialize in the "gypsy jazz" sound of 1930's and '40's Europe threw a concert to celebrate the 100th birthday of Django Reinhardt, one of the greatest guitarists of all time. We had some of them in Studio B to play and chat beforehand, and we're excited to do it again for this Wednesday's 4th annual birthday party. Members of Hot Point Trio, One Leg Up, the John Henry's, and King Leo's New Hot Rhythm will get together, using the original Hot Club of France line-up of three guitars, a fiddle and bass. Nothing like a live "3 O'Clock Jump"!
“We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Zara Bode of The Sweetback Sisters. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the '50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.” The 6-piece band most known around WNCW for breathing new life into the classic "My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died" returns to Studio B for a fun session before playing Asheville Thursday night.
Formed at Boston's New England Conservatory as an almost experimental hybrid of jazz, pop and country music, the quartet Lake Street Dive has definitely forged a catchy, unique sound all their own. Drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, and vocalist Rachael Price -- whom one critic has described as a cross between the three Joneses of Rickie Lee, Norah, and Sharon -- pay us a visit amidst a two-night run in Asheville with Yonder Mountain String Band.