We enjoyed debuting their debut Might Couldlast week for New Tunes at 2, and this Tuesday is it's official release. Wednesday, we welcome Slade Baird, Adam Phillips and Craig Lentz to Spindale for a live session from this new Charlotte band of honky tonk and roots rock. They play their CD release show in the Queen's City Friday, followed by gigs in Knoxville, Boone, and beyond.
This week Studio B welcomes two great regional acts with albums being released this week...Saluda's Aaron Burdett returns for another live session, this time with his 5th album, but first on Asheville's Organic Records. The album features a who's who of great area talent, and, with the exception of a new version of his "Going Home to Carolina" (which won Our State magazine's "Carolina Songs" songwriting contest), all new original material from this great wordsmith.
The voice, and the groove, and the imagery, all conjure up the swampy bayou blues for which Tony Joe White has become known. Since his debut in 1969, which featured his first hit "Polk Salad Annie", White has written and recorded timeless songs, whether for himself or for others such as Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Hank Williams, Jr., and Tina Turner. "Rainy Night in Georgia": that's him. His latest release is called Hoodoo, and we are honored to welcome White to WNCW for a live chat and a few songs.
We had such a good time with Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks last month, we thought we'd bring in another vintage jugband/stringband from Asheville this week: the Crow Quill Night Owls. Kit "Stymee" Stovepipe has a wonderful knowledge of 1920's and '30's tunes and styles, and he's joined by Windy City Alex on the tenor banjo, banjo-lele and kazoo, Baylin Adaheer on the washtub bass, and others. They play 5 Walnut in Asheville pretty regularly, and are at the Emerald Lounge on Valentine's Day.
Few people can do more with the fiddle -- or with pedal boards and other bells & whistles -- than Asheville's own Casey Driessen. In between tours with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, and the Zac Brown Band, he recorded his most recent collection, Singularity. Join us for another exciting live session from him this Wednesday before his Saturday show at Pisgah Brewing and a week at Folk Alliance. In the meantime, check out his adaption of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".