Playing Asheville Wednesday evening in support of his 12th studio album, Chris Smither returns to WNCW, this time to visit with Joe Kendrick in our Air Studio. His finger-picked folk-blues, "cosmic blues" as he calls it, is part of that quintessential WNCW sound here. He's a great storyteller too, as you'll hear.
Raised in the Midwest on the blues of Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson as well as folks like Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen, Cory Chisel is one of those new singer/songwriters with an old soul -- the kind we love here at WNCW.
Cory visits with Stina Sieg just past 1pm before he and The Wandering Sons play Asheville Friday night.
He was born in San Antonio, but has been one of Austin's favorite sons for many years now. Raised on jazz, Latin, and early rock, he fell head over heels for the punk scene. It's always a treat when Alejandro Escovedo plays in the WNCW area, and Roland Dierauf will visit with him in the 3 O'clock hour on Monday. He performs in Asheville Tuesday night.
Western NC fiddler Rayna Gellert, known as a member of Uncle Earl and nice collaborations with such varied favorites as Toubab Krewe and Scott Miller, is about to release a new CD. Tune in as she talks about it and selects an eclectic mix of music between 11am and Noon.
With comparisons often made with the Avett Brothers and Drive-By Truckers -- both of whom they have performed with recently -- Langhorne Slim & the Law are touring around this summer in support of their new album "The Way We Move."
They have a special two-night residency at The Grey Eagle in Asheville this week, and Langhorne Slim joins Roland on the air on Thursday just past 4pm.
Sarah Jarosz will come to WNCW's Air Studio this Friday afternoon for a live interview.
Earlier this year, she released Follow Me Down, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album. Sarah recently played at Jazz Fest in May, Bonnaroo in June, and just wrapped up a tour with Vince Gill. She has also spent time this summer teaching at the Mark O'Connor/Berklee Summer String Program.
Todd Snider has been busy lately. March saw the release of 'Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables', which Rolling Stone called "the sharpest musical response yet to the excesses of the one percent." Then in April came 'Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker', an homage to Snider's first musical hero. He pays us a visit to catch up on things before his Friday night Charlotte show.
TOUBAB KREWE is rooted in the rich traditions of Mali and West Africa, but deftly weaves blues, surf-rock, and other American styles into their jams. They've now added "festival organizers" to their to-do list, as they're putting together Carnivalito, a Black Mountain festival (July 13 & 14) that includes Donna the Buffalo, Ivan Neville, and DJ Equal. Drew & Justin, the band's guitarist and kora player, join Martin as guest hosts to spin tunes and talk about their latest projects.
David Holt accompanied Doc Watson both on and off stage from 1998 until Doc's death two weeks ago, though they first worked together (with Merle) in 1984. Any of us who have seen Doc perform these last 14 years can credit David for that wonderful opportunity. The multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, PBS host, and all-around roots music advocate spends an hour reminiscing about one of our greatest inspirations, spinning tunes from both Doc and some of Doc's own early inspirations.