Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:47 pm
Fox News is not renewing Sarah Palin's contract, The New York Times and other news outlets are reporting.
After her failed vice presidential run in 2008, Palin resigned as Alaska's governor in 2009. When she took the job at Fox, she quickly became a staple on the cable news channel and one of the leading voices of the conservative movement in the United States.
As one half of the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray has been one of the most prominent forces in Southern folk-rock, women's music, and well, music in general since she and Emily first started in the '80's. Amy started the not-for-profit Daemon Records in 1990, with a mission to support local artists at a grassroots level, to teach young artists how to further their own careers, and to keep the independent spirit alive. She's released 5 solo records since 2000, and Joe Kendrick will talk with her about all this and more in Studio B. She plays Charlotte Tuesday nigh
John Driskell Hopkins has been enjoying great success with the Zac Brown Band out of Atlanta these past few years, but has also recently recorded an album with Haywood County bluegrass hand Balsam Range. They play a live session in Studio B this Thursday morning, before their Asheville show Friday night.
Since 1994, Solas (a Gaelic word for "light") has been breathing new life into traditional Irish music. Their latest project Shamrock City is an interesting spotlight on a turn-of-the-century Montana town that was powered by Irish-American immigrants. Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, and the rest of the band return to Studio B for a live radio ceilidh with Joe Kendrick. They play Thursday evening in Charlotte and Friday evening in Asheville.
Fiddler extraordinaire Casey Driessen has been involved in various projects this year: in addition to a recent presentation at TedX Asheville, Casey has kicked off his "Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project" collaboration, which followed his "Singularity Tour" mix of his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects. He talks and plays with Scotty Robertson in Studio B before his evening performance in Asheville with Carrie Rodriguez.
Ben Harper is back, this time with harmonica blues great Charlie Musselwhite, and on the soulful Stax record label! No Depression magazine calls it "the first great album of 2013...I mean, it’s Ben Harper. It’s Charlie Musselwhite. Do the math." We'll add it all up together with the rest of our Thursday night mix on the last day of the first month.
Signs of 1963 are everywhere in Birmingham, Ala., these days. The city is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights events of that year: the children who marched until police turned fire hoses and dogs on them; Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"; and the September bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Planted by white supremacists, the bomb killed four young girls preparing to worship. It was an act of terrorism that shocked the country and propelled Congress to pass the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act.