Let's just call this "Wood Brothers Week" here at WNCW: They play Asheville Sunday night, they visit us Monday morning as Guest DJ's, and we'll spin all the songs from their beautiful release The Muse throughout this Thursday evening for the Peak of the Week. Each of our music library's sections -- jazz, blues, country, rock, and others -- are subject to being mined by them as they pick out favorite artists of theirs to play for you. Maybe we can coax them to play one of their own, too?
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion return to our area for shows in Charlotte on Wednesday and Asheville on Friday. They will pay us a visit in the 3 o'clock hour to talk about their latest release Wassaic Way, things that inspire them these days, and maybe a tale or two of the beloved Guthrie family.
The question has been raised: "Is David Olney the Leonard Cohen of the Americana movement?" His songs have been recorded by great artists like Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, and Ann Rabson, earning him the title of one of those "songwriter's songwriters" so many of our favorites love. He and his longtime friend Sergio Webb will join us to talk about their thematic series Body of Evidence. They play Spartanburg on Friday night.
They've made great music with their own respective bands (Medeski, Martin & Wood, and King Johnson), but for the last 8 or so years Chris and Oliver Wood have "reunited" for a trio with percussionist Jano Rix. This new one, produced by Buddy Miller, is without a doubt a Top 10 favorite of ours here at 'NCW. Jazzy honky tonk gospel blues throughout this Thursday evening, courtesy of The Wood Brothers!
One of a few notable reissues of late (along with Eric Clapton's MTV Unplugged and Southern Culture on the Skids' Dig This) is the 1970 breakthrough classic from Van the Man. "And It Stoned Me", "Into the Mystic", "Caravan"....and now a 2nd disc of various outtakes and songs you have never heard before. Congratulations to those 'NCW members who will receive a copy of this 2-CD set for your pledge last week -- good choice!
Thank you to everyone who contributed during WNCW's pre-drive and pledge drive. With your help we were able to raise $183,233...and support is continuing to come in. Our members keep us strong and allow us to grow. We look forward to continuing great programming on our airwaves. WNCW is Listener-Powered Radio.
One of WNCW DJs' favorite artists of late is British R&B powerhouse James Hunter. “He’s one of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R&B and soul", says Van Morrison, who hired him to be his backup singer. His first two albums earned him two Billboard Blues #1′s and tours with Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Etta James, and Willie Nelson. This year's album, Minute By Minute, is a brilliant collaboration with Daptone Records cofounder Gabriel Roth.
Scott Miller is one of those artists who embody all that is WNCW more than most any other. First fronting the V-Roys, then his backing band The Commonwealth, the Shenandoah Valley native has been a Knoxville musician for many years, but has now returned to his Virginia soil. His new release Big Big World marks another move for him, and we'll hear more about it when Miller joins us for an interview Thursday morning before his Asheville show.