"He's got lifetimes of emotion in his voice." So says Mary Gauthier in this documentary about gospel singer Mike Farris. His moving new release Shine For All the People is a favorite here at WNCW, and Mike joins Joe Kendrick live on Friday at 1pm, on his way to The Evening Muse in Charlotte Friday night and the Altamont Theatre in Asheville on Sunday.
Miss Tess embodies a lot of what we love in an artist: someone who draws from a variety of our favorite styles including vintage jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans blues. Her thoughtful response to where she would go if she had a time machine pretty much describes any of WNCW's weekday hosts, too. She and her band the Talkbacks did a great session in Studio B last year, and "People Come Here For Gold" is on our new Crowd Around the Mic compilation from there.
A native of Nashville, Laura Cantrell has been based out of NYC these past few years, performing there and around the country. Her most recent Americana release is No Way There From Here, and Joe Kendrick will talk with her about that, her previous release Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen of Country Music, and her radio host work as well. She plays Asheville Thursday night, and Spartanburg Friday night.
If by chance you think the blues has stopped evolving or isn't being invigorated with fresh new energy and inspiration, it's time for you to know Jarekus Singleton. Hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves are blended with contemporary and traditional blues on his great 2014 breakthrough Refuse to Lose. "I want to create something for today's audience that is as original and new as those blues masters were when they first started making records.
One of the Americana world's most revered contemporary songwriters, Western North Carolina's own Malcolm Holcombe is back with a new collection of wonderful stories, Pitiful Blues. His songs, his quips, his insights on life, are positively priceless. He returns to WNCW for a lively, live interview Thursday, and then a performance in Asheville on Saturday night. Just what should we expect? My favorite quote of his sheds some light: "I try to give ’em my show as best as I can, and to come across with as much truth and honesty as I can muster up.
Black Mountain's own Seth Kauffman visits with Joe Kendrick on Wednesday to talk about Floating Action's great new release, and various other happenings with this band that's getting a lot of buzz this summer.
This fun band from DC takes you back to the brothels of New Orleans, the hollers of Appalachia, and other hotbeds of blues, jazz, and country that were captured on those old '78's of yesteryear. They stop by WNCW's Air Studio on their way to Altamont Brewery in Asheville for a Friday night concert.
Every once in a while (pretty often, actually), we fall in love with an artist we'd never heard of before upon receiving their latest record. Joseph LeMay is one such singer/songwriter, and Martin speaks with him Monday morning as he passes through our area.
This Texas husband and wife duo might be most known for playing over a hundred gigs these past three years with Steve Earle in his band The Dukes, but Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have also released two fine albums of their own, including the new one Good Luck Charm. They'll join Martin in the air studio for a live session before playing in Charlotte Friday evening. They also make an appearance in Greenville on Sunday.
Anna Kline and John Looney are Asheville-based Grits & Soul, with a "Soulgrass" sound blending Americana and classic country with Mississippi soul and blues. Their latest release Flood Waters (which received a favorable review from Bluegrass Unlimited) includes Nicky Sanders, Amanda Platt, and Robert Greer among other local favorites.