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.
Clint Maedgen and Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band talk with Martin about the legendary New Orleans band, their equally legendary venue, and more. They play Wednesday the 26th in Charlotte, and Thursday the 27th in Greenville.
For this week's "Ten O'Clock Doc" we'll spend the hour with Steve Johnson, the Events Artist Relations Manager for Wilkes Community College and Merlefest. Join us for discussion about the various updates, changes, and of course traditions to expect for this year's festival (which according to their website will be 37 days, 4 hours, and 24 minutes away.) And of course we'll cram in as many of the scheduled acts as possible!
OK, so this quartet is EVERYWHERE these days: Letterman, The Colbert Report, and House of Cards this month; Asheville, Charlotte & Atlanta this week, ...and WNCW this Thursday! They'll talk with Joe Kendrick between Noon and 1pm about their latest release blending jazz, R&B, and pop, Bad Self Portraits (which also happens to be our Peak of the Week between 8pm and Midnight.) La
Spartanburg storyteller and musician John Fowler, known to most WNCW fans as longtime host of Sunday's This Old Porch show, is also an author. He has just published Trotting Sally: The Roots & Legacy of a Folk Hero, after spending the last two decades studying this elusive and fascinating turn-of-the-century fiddler. "Trotting Sally", a.k.a. George Mullins, was born a slave and became the first freed African-American in his family at age 9 when the Civil War ended.
WNCW will be in the music kitchen all day long this Thanksgiving, cooking up a mix of songs covering every taste and course. Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Masacree” airs at Noon with Joe Kendrick, and again at 8pm with Rob Daves. It might be our favorite day of programming, and we’ve got a place at the table for you! Join us all day long, and help yourself to some fine appetizers we'll be serving up in the days leading up to it. We at WNCW are very thankful for your support and community.