Al and Amy are a multiple award-winning duo who perform a beautiful blend of Celtic and Appalachian inspired acoustic music on guitar, mandolin, harp, piano, dulcimer, and more. They live in nearby Fairview, and take part in the annual "Swannanoa Solstice" tradition in Asheville every year around this time. This year, it's Sunday the 21st, with Robin Bullock, Sheila Kay Adams, EJ Jones, and others. Join Martin Anderson for this Holiday session from Studio B on Thursday morning.
Our friend Chris Rosser has a beautiful new release called A Thousand Hands, and a CD Release Show with his bandmates in Free Planet Radio (River Guergarian and Eliot Wadopian) at Isis in West Asheville on Friday the 12th. The three return to WNCW for a live session on Thursday the 4th.
The former frontman for one of our favorite North Carolina bands is back this year, first with a book he released this summer called Hell: My Life In The Squirrel Nut Zippers, and now with a new CD we're enjoying here at WNCW. He's doing a reading and book-signing at Malaprop's in Asheville Monday evening, and visits with Joe on the way there.
We've been reflecting more on our first few years on the air lately, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary this fall. So it is extra special that we can announce the return of Robin & Linda to Studio B, who were a fixture of our sound from the beginning -- it's been too long since they've been here!
It's hot raucous retro-swing and more when Andy Bean and Fuller Condon return for another rousing set. Tin Pan Alley tunes, mandolin rags, banjo numbers, and plenty of originality from these two gents. They play Asheville Friday night and Knoxville on Monday the 15th.
Curtis grew up in Austin, listening to local songwriters like Matt The Electrician, Jon Dee Graham, and his father, James. After studying music composition at Saint Lawrence College in New York, he moved to Nashville to study further with the likes of Fred Koller and Guy Clark, with whom he has done some co-writing. Get to know this great new songwriter, and the memorable, mostly haunted characters he has created through his impressive songs, when he stops by WNCW on Friday on his way to Asheville.
Yes, you know her as the host of WNCW's Local Color, Southern Sirens, and more these past few years, but Laura Blackley has also been one of our favorite regional singer-songwriters these past 12 or so years. She's playing with a new group of Asheville-area musicians now, and we'll hear them play in Studio B. Their next show is at the Town Pump in Black Mountain on Saturday.