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.
When your mom is June Carter Cash, your dad is Carl Smith, your stepdad is Johnny Cash, etc., you are bound to have both the the genetic predisposition and the pressure to follow in your family's footsteps as a musician. Carlene Carter has been doing so since the late '70's, and made a wonderful return to the scene with this year's release of Carter Girl. It's been a Top 10 record on folk and Americana charts, and we'll hear more about it when she joins us live Friday morning. She performs Friday night in Asheville and Saturday in Bristol, both shows with Jim Lauderdale! Histor
Asheville native Bryan Sutton is one of the hottest flatpickers around these days. He's one of the busiest too -- he's currently picking some great Doc Watson tunes with David Holt and T. Michael Coleman, gearing up to release another Hot Rize album with Tim O'Brien and co., and then there's his terrific solo release Into My Own, a favorite here at WNCW. Bryan visits with Martin on Friday morning, along with Sam Grisman on bass, Mike Barnett on fiddle, and Casey Campbell on mandolin. They play an evening show in Asheville and Saturday in Johnson City.
James and Ian Felice are two of seven kids that grew up in Upstate NY that began jamming and busking at an early age, and nowadays are joined by Greg Farley on fiddle, Josh Rawson on bass, and David Estabrook on drums for Favorite Waitress, their 5th official release, yet first one to be recorded in a proper studio. "Favorite Waitress is about fantastic escape from the terrifying realities of modern life." They join Martin for a live interview before heading to Asheville for a show with Robert Ellis.
Brevard's Shannon Whitworth and Asheville's Barrett Smith make some sweet music together, and they return from Colorado to visit with Joe Kendrick here at WNCW in advance of their Saturday evening show at Isis in Asheville.
The Asylum Street Spankers were originally formed with the help of singer/songwriter Guy Forsyth back in the day, and now he and various Spankers are back together, this time as The Hot Nut Riveters - Texas’s Original Recession Era String Band. Roland welcomes them to WNCW as they make their way towards their Grey Eagle show Thursday night in Asheville.
Daniel Coston will join Joe Kendrick in the Air Studio on Wednesday as a guest DJ. Tune in as they play music from North Carolina's (and especially Charlotte's) musical past and present. Joe and Daniel will also discuss Daniel's latest book, There Was A Time: Rock & Roll In The 1960s In Charlotte, And North Carolina (second edition). The big release party and Charlotte 60s Reunion concert will be at the Neighborhood Theatre on June 21st.
WNCW's This Old Porch host John Fowler is also the author of a book about a fascinating character of Upstate SC history, Spartanburg's Trotting Sally. Little was known about this African-American fiddler of the early/mid 20th Century, until now. Join Martin Anderson and John Fowler, right after our "Ten O'Clock Doc" set.