Whether through his lyrically rich songs, the stories he shares between songs, or his one-man plays, Michael Reno Harrell truly represents much of the culture of Southern Appalachia that we love. A regular at house concerts, music venues, and storytelling festivals, Michael returns to WNCW to share songs from his new release "Then There's Me."
Weaverville's own Malcolm Holcombe returns to Studio B for a live session with host Spencer Jones. Among his fans are Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and numerous WNCW listeners who routinely rank him high on our annual Top 100 lists. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Malcolm Holcombe is one of our region's most gifted songwriters.
It's not one but TWO new releases we feature for you this Thursday evening, as Los Angeles singer/songwriter Dan Bern has issued two new albums simultaneously. "Drifter" is his first studio release in 6 years, and "Doubleheader" is an 18-song tribute to the great American pastime and one of his greatest passions, baseball. Both feature the Brooklyn trio Common Rotation as his band.
Following his great success with "Bring the Family", John Hiatt assembled his road band The Goners (including Sonny Landreth and Bernie Leadon) into the studio to record 1988's "Slow Turning." From the opening "Drive South", "Trudy & Dave", and "Tennessee Plates", to the closer "Feels Like Rain", it's an album of hard-won lessons about life and love...as we've come to expect from one of 'NCW's favorite singer-songwriters.
Summertime is beach time in Southern California, even at night. Locals gather around bonfires, roast marshmallows and enjoy each other's company. On some very special nights, there's even sex — at least for the fish.
The grunion run happens only in the spring and summer months. Late at night, under the full and new moons, thousands of tiny, silvery fish swim to shore for a very peculiar mating ritual.
According to the BBC, Nikolay Alexeye, Russia's most prominent gay rights activist, challenged the city council's decision to ban any events that could be considered "gay parades" from March 2012 until May 2112.