Following two previous solo albums, and time spent in The Brilliant Inventions before that, Georgia native Eliot Bronson is back with a new, self-titled release. This one was recorded in Nashville with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane.) Bronson has won songwriting awards/finalist slots at Merlefest, Kerrville, and the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest. He plays Asheville on Thursday the 20th and Charlotte on Friday the 21st.
“Music Man Miles,” as he is known in the underground DJ scene, is best known around the world as the creative mind behind Breakestra, a funk, soul-jazz band from L.A. His solo album from earlier this year quickly became a favorite among weekday hosts here at 'NCW, with its vintage yet fresh blend of blues, R&B, psychedelia, and the styles that Breakestra is built around. The influences of his Topanga Canyon and Little Feat upbringing (Fred is his dad) can definitely be heard, too. Miles Tackett and the 3 Times performs Wednesday night at The One Stop in Asheville.
This Monday's "Ten O'Clock Doc" feature spreads out across the whole hour, as Martin Anderson talks with Steve Johnson, Merlefest's Artist Relations Manager. The festival unveils its preliminary lineup of of artists coming to the April 23rd through 26th gathering later today, but WNCW listeners get a sneak peak when Steve shares some of the highlights, and Martin spins a few favorite tunes.
Your WNCW music hosts have a spooky soundtrack for your Halloween preparations this week, with nonstop tricks and treats on Friday. Ghosts, goblins, witches, zombies, plus coverage of the Martian invasion, on the station that's so eclectic, it's almost scary.
He's been fully immersed with the Steep Canyon Rangers this past year as their percussionist, but Mike Ashworth's musical background is about as diverse as you can get, through work with various area bands over the years, on guitar and bass as well as percussion. Fellow Brevardian Spencer Jones hosts an hour with Mike and his favorite selections of others on Tuesday afternoon.
The sweet voice and talented songwriting behind The Honeycutters is Amanda Anne Platt, who has lately been putting the finishing touches on a new album we are anxiously awaiting. Platt also performs with other Asheville singers in Sweet Claudette. Martin Anderson turns her loose to program the 11am hour with some of her favorite artists and songs on Thursday. The Honeycutters play Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville Friday, and Barley's Taproom in Knoxville Saturday.
"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.