Barton's album last year, Avery County I'm Bound to You, was one of our favorites here among WNCW programmers. The local singer-songwriter, nowadays living in Seattle, returns home for a string of shows (Asheville, Boone, Bakersville, Johnson City, Greenville, & Charlotte!), and a return to Studio B.
Formed in NYC by the drummer for Afrobeat band Antibalas, EMEFE's full band consists of a four-piece horn section, a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists, and a keyboardist. More descriptive though is EMEFE's motto: "Music Frees All". The band hopes to spread awareness of the healing power of music, dancing, and smiling. This is going to be a hot live session as the band visits us on their way to their Black Mountain show.
OK so we usually feature an album that's at least 20 years old for the Spindale Cycle, but the Syndicate has remained one of WNCW's favorite bands since they released this debut back in '96. The McMurry boys -- brothers Bryon and Fitz and their cousin Steve -- grew up working the family farm in Cleveland County they are still a part of, and had been pickin' as a band for about 5 years when they recorded this with Doug Rogers on bass (Jay Sanders hadn't yet joined them) and Sam Bush on fiddle for a couple tunes. Steve "Little King" Metcalf heard them while running his famous Green Acres Mu
A founding member and integral contributor to the Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson has now embarked on a solo career, in addition to work with the Dave Rawlings Machine. His new album Folk Singer Vol. 1 is on Gillian & Dave's Acony Record label, and is a nice collection of folk standards and obscure gems on banjo and guitar. Watson joins Martin Anderson Friday morning, and we'll spin a number of songs from it before he heads to the Five String Fest in Lawndale. He also plays The Grey Eagle in Asheville Saturday night with Mandolin Orange.
Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) are the Stringdusters, who once again meld their stringband-based instrumentation with a newgrass and even Americana-rock sound on this new release. There's no disputing their instrumental virtuosity, or their passion. Get to know Let It Go throughout WNCW's Thursday night mix.
A rising star among indie singer-songwriters, Angel Olsen is now living in the Asheville area, and we will welcome her to WNCW for her first visit on Tuesday the 22nd to spend the 1pm hour with Joe Kendrick.
She may be the daughter of Hank Jr. and grand-daughter of Hank Sr., but Holly Williams' songs on her latest album revolve mostly around her mother's side of the family -- though with a lot of the same themes found throughout the country and Americana music her paternal side is famous for: love, loss, conflict, desire, addiction... We are honored to welcome her to Studio B on her way to Merlefest for a Thursday evening set before heading to California, then back to our area for shows in Charlotte and Greenville in May.