Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal, Widespread Panic, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, and more than a dozen others paid tribute to the songs and voice of Gregg and The Allman Brothers Band at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on January 10th. We'll feature this live CD (which accompanies a great DVD) Thursday night.
How is it that a band that has been pounding the pavement for 20 years, living the rock-n-roll lifestyle and all that that conjures up, can still sound as young and fired up as kids half their age? Singer Rhett Miller, guitarist Ken Betthea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples have one of their best albums yet, on this tenth Old 97's release. As critic Mark Deming writes, Most Messed Up "sounds like the band rolled in, hit record, and let it rip, and the final product is tight, raucous, and the hardest rockin' set of tunes these guys have offered up since 1999's
Ray LaMontagne's epiphany moment in which he knew what he wanted to do with his life came while working at a shoe factory in Maine one day, when Stephen Stills' "Treetop Flyer" came on the radio. If that's what it takes to inspire talents like him to become musicians, we'll keep playing tunes like that... LaMontagne picked up a Grammy for his last album, and this fifth full-length from him has Dan Auerbach on board for a fairly complex departure from his previous four.
Funk, Soul, & Jazz combine for this ninth studio release from The UK's New Mastersounds. This one features guest vocalist Kim Dawson (The Motet), and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce.) We still can't believe we had these guys in Studio B once!
Nicole Lane Frady grew up in Greenville, SC, but when she turned 18, she fled to L.A. and worked as a fashion designer for a short time, before moving to NYC, where a messy breakup inspired her to seek therapy in the form of songwriting, a la the styles of Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard. Thus we have the reinvented Nikki Lane, who now resides in Nashville, and has teamed up with producer Dan Auerbach for the multi-layered All Or Nothin' release on New West Records. She's found the perfect balance of rockabilly, 60's pop, and her country-punk roots on this one.
It's been 9 long years, but the Colorado jamband is back with a new studio album, this time with Talking Head's keyboardist Jerry Harrison serving as producer. We'll feature it throughout Thursday night's mix beginning at 9, after you Dig our newest show, hosted by Kim Clark!
You'd think this band comes from right out of Appalachia, save for the slightest lilt in Louise Holden's singing voice. But this band comes from Dublin, Ireland, and has recently been endearing fans of Gillian Welch, old-time music, and local festivals like Skunkfest and Merlefest with their beautiful songs and overall sound. A new WNCW favorite!
After announcing their "indefinite hiatus" back in 2007, we wondered if or when Nickel Creek would reunite for another album and/or tour. This Spring we've been pleased to see both, and A Dotted Line was well worth the wait. Join us as we spotlight Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, & Sean Watkins and their new release throughout the Thursday night music mix.
Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles is Vega's first release in a while, and her first one on her own label (Amanuensis Productions.) She continues to explore new sounds and inspirations, while maintaining a consistent sound that has drawn and kept fans for 30 years now. Fans of tarot, Alice in Wonderland, and above all Narnia will find these tales especially intriguing. Join us as we explore this new one Thursday night.
Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) are the Stringdusters, who once again meld their stringband-based instrumentation with a newgrass and even Americana-rock sound on this new release. There's no disputing their instrumental virtuosity, or their passion. Get to know Let It Go throughout WNCW's Thursday night mix.