Let's just call this "Wood Brothers Week" here at WNCW: They play Asheville Sunday night, they visit us Monday morning as Guest DJ's, and we'll spin all the songs from their beautiful release The Muse throughout this Thursday evening for the Peak of the Week. Each of our music library's sections -- jazz, blues, country, rock, and others -- are subject to being mined by them as they pick out favorite artists of theirs to play for you. Maybe we can coax them to play one of their own, too?
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion return to our area for shows in Charlotte on Wednesday and Asheville on Friday. They will pay us a visit in the 3 o'clock hour to talk about their latest release Wassaic Way, things that inspire them these days, and maybe a tale or two of the beloved Guthrie family.
The question has been raised: "Is David Olney the Leonard Cohen of the Americana movement?" His songs have been recorded by great artists like Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, and Ann Rabson, earning him the title of one of those "songwriter's songwriters" so many of our favorites love. He and his longtime friend Sergio Webb will join us to talk about their thematic series Body of Evidence. They play Spartanburg on Friday night.
One of WNCW DJs' favorite artists of late is British R&B powerhouse James Hunter. “He’s one of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R&B and soul", says Van Morrison, who hired him to be his backup singer. His first two albums earned him two Billboard Blues #1′s and tours with Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Etta James, and Willie Nelson. This year's album, Minute By Minute, is a brilliant collaboration with Daptone Records cofounder Gabriel Roth.
Scott Miller is one of those artists who embody all that is WNCW more than most any other. First fronting the V-Roys, then his backing band The Commonwealth, the Shenandoah Valley native has been a Knoxville musician for many years, but has now returned to his Virginia soil. His new release Big Big World marks another move for him, and we'll hear more about it when Miller joins us for an interview Thursday morning before his Asheville show.
Watch out: this Friday we let the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz loose on the airwaves again! The native of Aiken, SC returns for a show in Greenville on Saturday. Expect some killer boogie-woogie piano blues, R&B, and adult-strength hilarity.
Acoustic Syndicate drummer Fitz McMurry joins Joe Kendrick Friday to play Guest DJ. Whenever you see this band that has always been a WNCW favorite, it's Fitz on the kits. They'll spin some of his favorite tunes & artists, and we'll hear about Syndicate's new release "Rooftop Garden", other news about the band, and more.
Singer/songwriter Bonnie Whitmore covers the sweet side of the ruinous heartbreak side of country music pretty well; think dark tales sung by someone between Neko Case and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She joins Joe Kendrick for an interview on her way to a Greenville show Monday night and Knoxville Tuesday.
Keyboardist Bill Payne co-founded Little Feat in 1969 with Lowell George, Richie Hayward, and Joe Estrada. After 40+ years of touring/recording with one of our favorite bands of all time, as well as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and others, you KNOW he's got some stories to tell! He'll be joined by Feat drummer Gabe Ford as they spend an hour or so with Joe Kendrick before playing Asheville Tuesday night for "Tracing Footsteps: A Journal of Music Photography and Tales From The Road".
Our annual live coverage from the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival resumes Friday afternoon when Joe Kendrick and Rob Daves bring you an eclectic mix of artists performing at this week's fest. They'll broadcast live from the radio compound behind What Stage (or is it Which Stage?) in Manchester, TN with observations, tales, and perhaps a few surprises. Tune in for a fun Friday afternoon!