Scott Miller is one of those artists who embody all that is WNCW more than most any other. First fronting the V-Roys, then his backing band The Commonwealth, the Shenandoah Valley native has been a Knoxville musician for many years, but has now returned to his Virginia soil. His new release Big Big World marks another move for him, and we'll hear more about it when Miller joins us for an interview Thursday morning before his Asheville show.
Watch out: this Friday we let the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz loose on the airwaves again! The native of Aiken, SC returns for a show in Greenville on Saturday. Expect some killer boogie-woogie piano blues, R&B, and adult-strength hilarity.
Acoustic Syndicate drummer Fitz McMurry joins Joe Kendrick Friday to play Guest DJ. Whenever you see this band that has always been a WNCW favorite, it's Fitz on the kits. They'll spin some of his favorite tunes & artists, and we'll hear about Syndicate's new release "Rooftop Garden", other news about the band, and more.
Singer/songwriter Bonnie Whitmore covers the sweet side of the ruinous heartbreak side of country music pretty well; think dark tales sung by someone between Neko Case and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She joins Joe Kendrick for an interview on her way to a Greenville show Monday night and Knoxville Tuesday.
Keyboardist Bill Payne co-founded Little Feat in 1969 with Lowell George, Richie Hayward, and Joe Estrada. After 40+ years of touring/recording with one of our favorite bands of all time, as well as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and others, you KNOW he's got some stories to tell! He'll be joined by Feat drummer Gabe Ford as they spend an hour or so with Joe Kendrick before playing Asheville Tuesday night for "Tracing Footsteps: A Journal of Music Photography and Tales From The Road".
Our annual live coverage from the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival resumes Friday afternoon when Joe Kendrick and Rob Daves bring you an eclectic mix of artists performing at this week's fest. They'll broadcast live from the radio compound behind What Stage (or is it Which Stage?) in Manchester, TN with observations, tales, and perhaps a few surprises. Tune in for a fun Friday afternoon!
Howard Levy: a harmonica and piano virtuoso, most known for his great work with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, but he's also involved with Lebanese Oud player/composer Rabih Abou Khalil, avant-garde jazz Riessler/Levy/Matinier Trio, and the Latin/jazz group Chévere de Chicago. Joe Craven: brilliant on the fiddle, mandolin, and especially a world of various percussion instruments, most known for some 17 years with the David Grisman Quintet, plus work with Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, Alison Brown, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, & more. After jamming together for an unrehearsed eveni
Benyaro is the brainchild of singer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Musser, with bassist Bobby McCullough rounding out the sound. The new release is an EP of covers that includes such eclectic songwriters as Sam Cooke, Etta James, Moby, Procol Harum, Blaze Foley and The Coasters. Benyaro visits with Joe Kendrick on Tuesday, Nov. 13th before heading to Charlotte for a show at Snug Harbor.
Serving up a stew of gritty Southern blues, soul, and rock, Swamp Cabbage returns to the area for a Halloween night show at Mac's Speed Shop in Charlotte. Frontman Walter Parks is Richie Havens' go-to guy for lead guitar work.
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.