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Live Friday, February 12th at 1pm: DANGERMUFFIN

Feb 5, 2016
Gately Williams

From a song inspired by a Cherokee creation myth ("Ancient Golden Star"), to the use of chords and frequencies intended to facilitate sound healing within the human body, the three members of Dangermuffin live their vision of giving back to the universe through their art and their day-to-day lifestyles. As a touring regional rock band, they work as hard as anyone we know, crisscrossing the Carolinas and beyond, and they've done a great job putting this wonderful corner of our country on the musical map.

This four-piece Nashville/Paducah band blends blues, rock, punk, country, and a whole lot of energy to make their potent brew of Southern Gothic. Try to imagine someone embodying Jerry Lee Lewis, Iggy Pop, and David Byrne all in one, and you get frontman JD Wilkes (also of the Dirt Daubers). They visit Studio B for the first time Wednesday afternoon before heading to their show in Asheville that night, and Charlotte on Thursday.

Live Tuesday, February 9th at 1pm: THE JAMES HUNTER SIX

Feb 5, 2016

When English soul singer/songwriter James Hunter visited WNCW a couple years ago as Guest DJ, he was particularly excited about being in NC because he had just made a pilgrimage to the home of one of his all-time favorite acts, The "5" Royales. With his return this week, for shows in Asheville Tuesday and Charlotte Wednesday, the Grammy-nominated great has a hot new release on the label he seemed destined to be on, Daptone Records.

This week, we're going to get in the mood for Mardi Gras by listening to the different shades of Louisiana music that have been performed live on our airwaves. We'll drop into the zydeco party that L'il Malcolm and the House Rockers threw for us in 1999, re-visit a rockin' 2008 session with guitar hero Sonny Landreth, and dig into the stripped-down blues that Anders Osborne offered up in 2003.

This week, we re-visit a session from just a few months ago with the adventurous and innovative Jon Stickley Trio, travel all the way back to 1998 to hear Claire Lynch in Studio B along with Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, and we'll listen to an interview and performance from 2003 with Mary Gauthier.

Studio B Rewind: January 1

Jan 1, 2016

This week on Studio B Rewind, we re-visit a 1997 session with Olu Dara, who demonstrates his talents on an array of musical instruments, including a rare wooden aboriginal trumpet. We'll also hear an interview and performance from 2006 with Don Dixon, who talks about his storied career as a performer and as producer of several classic 1980s albums, most notably REM's Murmur.  Plus we'll sample outstanding performances from Studio B by Delta Moon, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Railroad Earth, and more.  

Friday the 12th at 3pm: TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND

Sep 5, 2014

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.

Friday the 12th at 11am: CURTIS MCMURTRY

Sep 5, 2014

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.

Live Friday the 28th at 2pm: CATHERINE RUSSELL

Mar 21, 2014

The winner of numerous jazz awards since her 2006 debut, singer Catherine Russell is in the area for a rather rare concert performance in Tryon Friday evening.  Her father Luis was Louis Armstrong's longtime collaborator and music director, and her mother Carline Ray worked a lot with Ruth Brown and Mary Lou Williams among others, and Catherine herself has supported artists ranging from David Bowie to Steely Dan to Paul we'll have one or two degrees of separation from just about everyone Friday afternoon!  Her new r

Wednesday the 12th at 3pm: CASEY DRIESSEN

Feb 7, 2014

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".