We are pleased to welcome one of Asheville's most intriguing new bands to Studio B for the first time this Friday. Halli Anderson, Daniel Shearin, Ryan O'Keefe and Alex McWalters make up this band, and they have a wonderful new collection of songs. One of them has become the music bed for Asheville's lovely promotional video. They play their hometown on Saturday night.
Asheville singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky is back with a new release, and a return visit to Studio B! Tune in as he unveils some of his new songs from Tell Tale Heart, tells a funny story or two, shares some baseball legends and predictions, and more. He plays Asheville on Saturday the 7th, and a house concert in Morganton on the 14th.
Georgia's Packway Handle Band is rooted in old-school bluegrass, but you will no doubt hear their nods to rock, punk, and more as well. For their latest project, they recruited the talented, one-of-a-kind Southern songwriter Jim White to put on his producer's hat, but he ended up lending everything but the kitchen sink in what can be truly be called a full-scale collaboration.
With her intriguing blend of Appalachian, jazz and rock, Laney Jones has been winning a string of awards lately, from such corners as the Kennedy Center's American Voices and other festivals, Eddie's Attic, and the Southern Musician Showcase. We enjoyed discovering her with her terrific album called "Golden Road". She and her band The Lively Spirits play Asheville Tuesday, Bristol Wednesday, Knoxville Thursday, Gaffney on the 13th, and Charlotte on the 14th.
Many of us first got to know his music when he sang about WNCW's ARC Overnight show on 2003's "Radio", and his latest album is You Can't Outrun the Radio. But these aren't the only reasons Jonathan is one of our favorite NC songwriters; he shows his great storytelling and melody-making skills throughout so many gems he's written. His shows in our area include Asheville on Thursday, Johnson City Friday, and Charlotte on the 17th.
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.