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.
One of our favorite contemporary songwriters, Mary Gauthier delivers her self-described "country-noir" style with an authenticity and rawness matched by few. Recorded in an intimate venue -- an artists’ ranch in Wimberley, Texas – this new live album features some of our favorite songs of hers that touch on the unsettling side of contemporary American society: executed murderers, unrepentant alcoholics, troubled teenage adoptees, even drag queens in limousines. She is accompanied by former Duhk Tania Elizabeth on fiddle and percussionist Mike Meadows.
Tom Godleski might be best known as the head of local bluegrass band Buncombe Turnpike, but the Asheville native also has a flair for drama. An accomplished playwright and storyteller, Godleski created the show "Fresh Preserves" a few years back and now performs it in Asheville on a near-annual basis. The autobiographical theater experience blends music, art and even quilts with real-life stories from Godleski's childhood. It returns to NC Stage in Asheville Jan. 23rd through the 27th. Godleski recently spoke with Stina Sieg.
After Pops Staples and his daughters met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., they began writing a string of civil rights songs to accompany Dr. King's speeches and movement, including King's favorite, "Why Am I Treated So Bad?". We honor Dr. King's birthday Monday evening with The Staples Singers' 1972 Stax album, which featured 3 R&B Top 10 hits: "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "This World."
This weekend is the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Monday is the day we celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And, tomorrow - January 19 - has been designated the National Day of Service by the President.
Yesterday, I spoke with Neil Bush, Chairman of the Board of the Points of Light Foundation and the middle of five children of President George H.W. Bush.