The April Sessions is a quartet of familiar Asheville musicians, essentially a jazz piano trio with Dobro. Billy Cardine, Chris Rosser, Zack Page and River Guerguerian came together for a benefit concert a couple years ago (The Odyssey Community School in Asheville), and were subsequently inspired to record an album that April that was, according to their liner notes, "imaginative, live, and without the use of a click track." No question they'll feel right at home during their live session in Studio B! Their CD release show is Saturday night at The Altamont.
Chimney Rock State Park will be all a-buzz on Saturday, April 27th as Bee City USA comes to spend the day. Phyllis Stiles, Director of Bee City USA, a program of the Center for Honeybee Research and the Rutherford County Beekeepers Association, will provide a day of fun activities and information about honeybees, their dwindling numbers and what you can do to help these vital members of the insect population. Tune in Thursday to hear about a fun day for the whole family at Chimney Rock and an ecological issue that we all have to face.
On Wednesday, April 24th, it's Denim Day in Haywood County. No, it's not just another 'casual' day. It's a day dedicated to remember the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The story of how it came to be referred to as "Denim Day" is truly amazing. This is not a story for the very young, but it's a story that has to be told. Tune in Monday, April 22 at 8:50 am to hear this very important interview with Buffy Queen, Community Educator with Reach of Haywood.
The word "Comas" translates from Irish Gaelic as "Power," and it describes their own driving power coupled with a fine sensitivity for the inner strands of magic that is inherent in Irish music. This quartet has been making music for ten years now, especially in various venues throughout Ireland, Brittany, Belgium, and the US, from which they each hail. Tune in for a powerful session Thursday morning before they play Asheville that evening!
Monday night we revisit one of the premier bluegrass bands for your Spindale Cycle, especially so we can celebrate the birthdays of members Pat Enright (Monday) and Roland White (Tuesday). This 1990 release features their takes on Stephen Foster, Johnny Cash, and Hank Sr. standards, alongside more traditional bluegrass numbers. Stuart Duncan, Alan O'Bryant, and Gene Libbea round out the lineup.
The Knoxville band featuring the formidable songwriting of Cruz Contreras, singer Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards and drummer Jamie Cook is back with its third strong release. Dynamic, lyrical, multi-dimensional...no doubt one of the strongest regional albums this year, and well worth featuring throughout our Thursday night mix!
It's that time of year when most of us begin thinking about spring cleaning after the long winter, ECO-WNC will hold its second annual Earth Stewardship Day on April 27th. Recently I spoke with Seirisse Baker, Water Quality Administrator for the Environmental and Conservation Organization of Western North Carolina, and she told me all of the projects that are scheduled for that day as well as where to find out about the other events being held to commemorate Earth Day. Tune in on Friday at 8:50 a.m.