We have our region's two best known singer/storytellers here on Wednesday morning. Sheila Kay Adams recently received the National Heritage Fellowship at The White House, which is the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. She and Michael Reno Harrell will perform Holiday songs from their "Blue Ridge Christmas" shows they'll be doing on the 8th in Black Mountain, the 12th and 15th in Waynesville, and the 20th in Brevard.
There aren't a whole lot of bluegrass-inspired bands that embrace electronic music, to the point where they've performed at Asheville's Moog Music Factory. In fact who knows, Brushfire Stankgrass might be the only one. Their earlier album One for the Salamanders was a regional favorite among WNCW listeners, and their new release Microclimates has what it takes to top that one. The boys return and will join Joe Kendrick live Wednesday at 2.
Jacob Johnson, from Traveler's Rest, SC, is back with a new Christmas album. "Johnson sounds like Norman Rockwell paintings and the open road. He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to craft a sound he calls 'Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk'." - The Florence Morning News. He plays in Waynesville Thursday night, and Spartanburg & Greenville the weekend after next.
Sweet Claudette is an Asheville quartet made up of members of The Honeycutters (Amanda Platt), Now You See Them, and The Moon and You. They describe themselves as a country Motown band, who formed out of a women's songwriter showcase in 2009. They make their first WNCW appearance this Wednesday morning with Martin Anderson.