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.
Ian Craft, Jared Green, & Ben Plasse are The Howlin' Brothers, whose blues harp, banjo, old-time fiddle, and trio harmonies are propelling them on a dizzying tour that has them passing through Spindale Tuesday afternoon on their way to an Asheville show that night.
You can take the boogie-woogie pianist/singer out of Mississippi....but why would you want to take the Mississippi out of her? Eden Brent's got a forthcoming album, Jigsaw Heart, which was recorded at Ben Folds' studio in Nashville (the historic RCA Studio A), but is soaked in the sultry blues and soul of her roots. With tributes to Joan Armatrading, Toni Price, and our own Nina Simone, it's a great new collection, and Joe Kendrick will welcome her to WNCW for a live Spoonful of Blues! She plays Hecht Fest in Charlotte May 30th.
A founding member and integral contributor to the Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson has now embarked on a solo career, in addition to work with the Dave Rawlings Machine. His new album Folk Singer Vol. 1 is on Gillian & Dave's Acony Record label, and is a nice collection of folk standards and obscure gems on banjo and guitar. Watson joins Martin Anderson Friday morning, and we'll spin a number of songs from it before he heads to the Five String Fest in Lawndale. He also plays The Grey Eagle in Asheville Saturday night with Mandolin Orange.
A rising star among indie singer-songwriters, Angel Olsen is now living in the Asheville area, and we will welcome her to WNCW for her first visit on Tuesday the 22nd to spend the 1pm hour with Joe Kendrick.
Tune in as one of our favorite NC bands visits Martin Anderson with songs from their forthcoming new releases "Tightrope", which was recorded recently in Durham. They play Johnson City on Friday, and then circle back to the WNCW area for a Charlotte show May 17th.