Asheville band The Broadcast have put themselves front and center as one of our area's hottest bands since moving here from NYC a few years ago. Front and center for the band is singer Caitlin Krisko, who invokes Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and other giants with her booming voice and dynamic command of the stage. We'll learn some of her favorite musical influences when she joins Martin Anderson as Guest DJ for the 11 o'clock hour on Wednesday. The Broadcast has just released a new single, precursor to an EP coming in early 2015.
Every year around this time, your WNCW hosts start prepping and cooking in the WNCW kitchen that is our great Music Library, to prepare for you a smorgasbord of songs centered around thankfulness, family, and above all, food. We've got all the meals, main & side dishes, beverages, and food groups covered -- no need to bring anything! We start the theme early in the week, but the main course, per tradition, will be Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Massacree, served up just past Noon on Thursday. Join us all day and into the night: we've got a place at the table for you.
No one blends music, poetry and storytelling quite like the uniquely Southern Minton Sparks. As fellow fan Marshall Chapman says, "If she's not the ghost child of Flannery O'Connor and Hank Williams, then cotton doesn't grow in a cotton field." She is in Asheville on Saturday the 22nd for a "Create Your Story" writing workshop, and Sunday the 23rd for an "Asheville Tellabration". Joe Kendrick speaks with her, and we'll hear some of her choice recordings.
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.