The Asheville Percussion Festival returns on June 20th-22nd, now in its third year. 20 workshops, various concerts and demonstrations, and percussion vending take over downtown Asheville, and we'll talk with Lizz Wright (one of our favorite modern soul/R&B singers, who now calls Asheville home), River Guergarian, Chris Rosser, and perhaps other participants on Wednesday afternoon.
One of our favorite live Studio B bluegrass sessions last year was from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (even if he didn't cook up some of the amazing entrees Chef Frank is known for!) Frank's powerful voice and impressive mandolin chops are backed by banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and strong bass work from Dan Booth. They play Asheville Thursday night and Greenville on Friday night.
No one can pull off tight bluegrass versions of covers by Beyonce, Katy Perry, The Bangles, and others like The Cleverlys. The family band from Arkansas stops by Studio B on their way to their Friday night Shelby concert.
Some of the best new Americana and alt-country music is coming out of Canada these days, and Ontario's New Country Rehab is a shining example. Frontman John Showman has the power to grab your attention and keep you engaged from start to finish. See for yourself when they pay us a visit on their way to Greenville Wednesday night and Knoxville Saturday.
Asheville's Sanctum Sully says their music comes from "the beer-stained bar stools where blues, rock and bluegrass swap stories and trade tall-tale tunes." Jay Franck, Matt Mommsen, Win Webster, Chum Carter, and Dakota Waddell return to Studio B, this time with songs from their new release. They have a string of CD Release Shows, including Asheville on Friday.
Letters to Abigail is an Appalachian Americana trio from Hendersonville with a loyal and growing following, especially since releasing last year's Say Anything with assorted wonderful guests. They kick off their hometown's "Rhythm & Brews" series Thursday, and then a new "Monday Night Live" series, also in Hendersonville.
We're on a roll with Appalachian Americana trios from our area this week, as we welcome Red June back to Studio B. John Cloyd Miller, Natalya Weinstein, and Will Straughan will play songs from their beautiful new album Ancient Dreams; their CD release show is Friday night at Isis in Asheville.
The common thread that unites, and primary spark that inspires, Bryan Sutton, David Holt, and T. Michael Coleman is the music of Doc Watson. Holt and Coleman each toured with him for over a dozen years, and all three have each won a Grammy with him. "We bend the tradition, but we don’t break it,” said Holt.
Boston-based Jesse Dee successfully channels Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and other old-school soul greats, but the spark and fire he and his band bring to the stage and studio are anything but "old". Joe Kendrick looks forward to hosting them in Studio for a second time. “All the best soul music is based on shared experience", says Dee. "Songs have the ability to affect people, shine a light, lift them up, and push them forward. There’s hope in these songs, and people need that now more than ever.” He plays Saturday at the NC Brewers & Music Festival outside Charlotte.