She wowed us -- as well as NPR, Rolling Stone, Afropunk, and others -- last year with her terrific release Pushin' Against a Stone. "You Can't Be Told" and "Workin' Woman Blues" in particular got heavy airplay here. If you can't picture her sound yet, this Tennessee native fits somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday, with a powerful electrified indie-blues groove. Tune in for Valerie June with Joe Kendrick this Tuesday.
With a powerful voice and a style that definitely channels that great Stax sound ("The Staples Singers meets AC/DC"?), Nikki Hill gets your attention, keeps it. Originally from Durham, NC, she now calls St. Louis home, but returns to her home state for a Studio B visit with her band, followed by a Friday night show in Charlotte and a Saturday night headlining slot at Tryon's "Chase Away the Blues" fundraiser.
So who is this guy Willie Sugarcapps? He is actually a they: Will Kimbrough, Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes, and the duo Sugarcane Jane. They started jamming together after multiple shared gigs in Alabama, and their album last year was a Top 10 pick on the Americana lists of No Depression and Examiner.com. They pack Studio B for a live session before playing Asheville Friday night.
Before Wilco and Son Volt, there was Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar and their late-'80's alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. Though they didn't last long before going their separate ways, they recorded one of the most defining albums of WNCW in our first year, No Depression. As music critic Jason Ankeny writes, "for all of the record's doleful cynicism -- virtually every cut nods toward dashed hopes, broken promises, and paralyzing fear -- there's an undeniable electricity afoot as well; by channeling the mournful clarity of country into the crackling fury of punk, No Depression
Todd Snider's latest project is this collaboration with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) on guitar, Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi) on keys, and Duane Trucks (Col. Bruce Hampton) on drums. They're hard rocking guys here with covers of Hayes Carll, Randy Newman, Will Kimbrough, Kevn Kinney, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Join them this Thursday night as Brad plays tunes from this brand new release all through the evening!
WNCW recognizes the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this national holiday. We will include songs that touch on the work of King and others during our eclectic music mix, including your requests.
Saturday, January 18th, 2014 on "Goin' Across the Mountain" at Noon on the 42nd anniversary of this historic recording, we salute Charlie Waller and The Country Gentlemen with a new WNCW tradition. The complete CD version tracked through for your Bluegrass enjoyment.