WNCW's first Program Director was Greg Hils, a primary architect of the unique music format we still follow nearly 25 years later. Greg passed away Tuesday, May 20, and we would like to dedicate this week's Spindale Cycle to his legacy.
It's been 9 long years, but the Colorado jamband is back with a new studio album, this time with Talking Head's keyboardist Jerry Harrison serving as producer. We'll feature it throughout Thursday night's mix beginning at 9, after you Dig our newest show, hosted by Kim Clark!
Released this week in 1971, Marvin Gaye covered such challenging topics as the Vietnam War, inner city poverty, and environmentalism on this album that raised the bar on the expectations coming out of Motown. As music critic John Bush has written, "What's Going On is not only Gaye's masterpiece, it's the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music".
You'd think this band comes from right out of Appalachia, save for the slightest lilt in Louise Holden's singing voice. But this band comes from Dublin, Ireland, and has recently been endearing fans of Gillian Welch, old-time music, and local festivals like Skunkfest and Merlefest with their beautiful songs and overall sound. A new WNCW favorite!
Ian Craft, Jared Green, & Ben Plasse are The Howlin' Brothers, whose blues harp, banjo, old-time fiddle, and trio harmonies are propelling them on a dizzying tour that has them passing through Spindale Tuesday afternoon on their way to an Asheville show that night.
Letters to Abigail is an Appalachian Americana trio from Hendersonville with a loyal and growing following, especially since releasing last year's Say Anything with assorted wonderful guests. They kick off their hometown's "Rhythm & Brews" series Thursday, and then a new "Monday Night Live" series, also in Hendersonville.
We're on a roll with Appalachian Americana trios from our area this week, as we welcome Red June back to Studio B. John Cloyd Miller, Natalya Weinstein, and Will Straughan will play songs from their beautiful new album Ancient Dreams; their CD release show is Friday night at Isis in Asheville.