RED JUNE is the acoustic Americana trio of Natalya Weinstein, Will Straughan, and John Cloyd Miller. Blending old-time, bluegrass, traditional country, and folk, the Asheville band was the #1 WNCW listeners' pick for favorite regional release in 2010 for "Remember Me Well". Their new CD is "Beauty Will Come."
SARA WATKINS has just released her 2nd album, Sun Midnight Sun, with help from Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Benmont Tench, and her brother/fellow Nickel Creek bandmate Sean Watkins. We're excited to welcome her back to Studio B!
The California-based quartet DAWES has quickly made a name for themselves with their great harmonies and songwriting. With roots in the great Laurel Canyon sound of Gram Parsons, David Crosby, and others, bandmates Taylor Goldsmith, Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn join us in Studio B for performance and talk about Middle Brother, Robbie Robertson, and of course their own great releases.
Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 11:36 am
A band's sound is only as big as its members, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' music is huge. The 10 members are a whirl of roving horns, as well as whistles, claps, shouts, strummed string instruments and percussion involving drums, hands and anything else they can find. The group's communal folk sound blew up in 2009 with the heart-pounding, foot-stomping single "Home"; with its universal sentiment, the song includes a back-and-forth between frontman Alex Ebert and bandmate Jade Castrinos.
David Holt accompanied Doc Watson both on and off stage from 1998 until Doc's death two weeks ago, though they first worked together (with Merle) in 1984. Any of us who have seen Doc perform these last 14 years can credit David for that wonderful opportunity. The multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, PBS host, and all-around roots music advocate spends an hour reminiscing about one of our greatest inspirations, spinning tunes from both Doc and some of Doc's own early inspirations.
A Mexican federal policeman guards the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway outside the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on May 13. The murders were one of the latest episodes in Mexico's brutal and unrelenting drug war.
Mexicans wearing masks of skulls protest against violence in the country, in Mexico City, Nov. 27, 2011. More than 50,000 people have been killed in rising drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006.
Mexicans select a new president on July 1, and they want a leader who can reduce the rampant violence in their country. Warring drug cartels have killed more than 50,000 people in the past 5 1/2 years, while thousands have disappeared and some cities have been turned into lawless zones.