Playing Asheville Wednesday evening in support of his 12th studio album, Chris Smither returns to WNCW, this time to visit with Joe Kendrick in our Air Studio. His finger-picked folk-blues, "cosmic blues" as he calls it, is part of that quintessential WNCW sound here. He's a great storyteller too, as you'll hear.
Comprised of members of The Radiators, The Neville Brothers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, James Brown's band, and more, The New Orleans Suspects are one of the hottest new acts out of The Crescent City of late. They also laid down one of the hottest cuts on our latest "Crowd Around the Mic"! They play Charlotte Thursday and Asheville Friday, and visit with Roland Friday afternoon.
Named for the New Orleans neighborhood in which they recorded this, the latest album from Calexico once again has more of an indie, inward foundation of, say, Iron & Wine or Neko Case than the Crescent City or their hometown of Tucson, AZ. Still, you'll hear subtle influences of both regions in this strong new one from them.
In Colorado, the presidential race is a statistical dead heat. The state went heavily for candidate Barack Obama in 2008 — but the president is now facing fierce headwinds.
Obama won last time by 9 points, an astounding margin in a state that hadn't gone Democratic since 1992. One Democratic strategist calls 2008 a one-time case of "irrational exuberance," especially among Colorado's large contingent of swing voters.
Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:54 pm
After President Obama's self-described somnolent first debate performance, his female supporters lit up social media and tagged the campaign with complaints about his failure to talk about their issues, from pay equity to health and reproductive rights.
He's been playing catch-up ever since, focusing on shoring up his party's two-decade-long domination with female voters who are key to Obama's hold on the White House.
A federal appeals court ruling on Thursday has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional.
By now, it's no surprise that most Latinos plan to vote for President Obama. They are the nation's largest minority group, often likened to a sleeping giant that could decide the outcome in key swing states.
But will enough Latinos show up on Election Day to make good on the prediction?
As many as 60,000 Hispanics reach voting age every month, but Latinos overall have yet to bring their full force to the voting booth. Two-thirds of eligible whites and African-Americans voted in the 2008 presidential election, while barely half of Hispanics cast ballots.