With all the focus on the Greenwich Village Folk Scene of the early '60's of late (thanks to the Coen Bro's film Inside Llewyn Davis), we'll spend Monday evening with Richie Havens, who was born in Brooklyn on 1/21/41 and moved there in '61 to begin playing the clubs along with Dave Van Ronk, Peter Paul & Mary, Phil Ochs, and others. The 1967 album Mixed Bag was his first on the folk-oriented Verve Forecast label, and includes a dynamic variety of styles and moods, including the anti-war anthem "Handsome Johnny" (which he co-wrote with future actor Louis Gossett, Jr.!
American Songwriter, NPR, Amazon, No Depression....just a few of the places where Jason Isbell's 2013 release Southeastern ranked in the Top 50 -- if not #1 -- for the best of the year. WNCW listeners ranked it #3 in our own Top 100. He's come a long way since starting his solo career after his time with the Drive By Truckers, and the most talked about contemporary singer/songwriter in Americana music today returns to Studio B for another moving s
Indigo Girl Amy Ray has a new release that is a bit of a career first for her -- an album exploring her Southern musical roots growing up listening to country and roots music. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, with guests Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire, Susan Tedeschi, Kelly Hogan, and members of Megafaun, the songs on the acoustic-based Goodnight Tender were written over the course of the last decade or so. It will be released on 1/28, and Ray has a CD release show in West Asheville on Friday the 24th (Isis).
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We've got what looks to be a fun session this Thursday when this band from Asheville visits us for the first time. With a triple-entendre of a name like theirs, and a great grasp of the turn-of-the-(20th)-Century blues that they specialize in,these guys are sure to please, as they have done already at MerleFest, various clubs, and various street corners these past few years. They play Thursday night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville with Jesse Carolina & the Hot Mess, and the Crow Quill Night Owls.
It was her third album (2nd one of original songs), but in many ways this 1988 release was a breakthrough for her, and set the stage for Sweet Old World and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road that followed. A remastered version is being released on 1/14, with an accompanying collection of live material from The Netherlands in 1989, and other bonus tracks. We'll celebrate it with "Changed the Locks", "Passionate Kisses", "Crescent City", and the rest of this great Rough Trade reissue Monday night.
In one of the more surprising collaborations of late, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with Norah Jones. Equally surprising is the material they decided to focus on: standards of The Everly Brothers canon -- some of their darker, more powerful songs. And as fate would have it Phil Everly passed away on the 3rd of this month, age 74. In what may have been his final interview just weeks before his death, Phil gave his approval for the project: “In the beginning of rock & roll, there was always innovation.