The April Sessions is a quartet of familiar Asheville musicians, essentially a jazz piano trio with Dobro. Billy Cardine, Chris Rosser, Zack Page and River Guerguerian came together for a benefit concert a couple years ago (The Odyssey Community School in Asheville), and were subsequently inspired to record an album that April that was, according to their liner notes, "imaginative, live, and without the use of a click track." No question they'll feel right at home during their live session in Studio B! Their CD release show is Saturday night at The Altamont.
The word "Comas" translates from Irish Gaelic as "Power," and it describes their own driving power coupled with a fine sensitivity for the inner strands of magic that is inherent in Irish music. This quartet has been making music for ten years now, especially in various venues throughout Ireland, Brittany, Belgium, and the US, from which they each hail. Tune in for a powerful session Thursday morning before they play Asheville that evening!
Jeremy Kittel is not your average fiddler. His collaborations have included acts as diverse as My Morning Jacket, Abigail Washburn, and The Turtle Island String Quartet, and whether working with those projects or leading his own band, he is one of the leading Scottish/Irish fiddlers today. He brings his band into Studio B before performing Thursday night in Tryon.
Charles Bradley's life story is a compelling one (the subject of a recent documentary film Soul of America). He takes the sounds of Stax, Muscle Shoals, and James Brown in particular, and moves it forward with a level of passion and genuineness not surpassed by anyone. We love his latest Daptone release "Victim of Love", and we welcome him and his band to Studio B before they perform in Asheville Tuesday night.
Having wrapped up a full year of touring on the road (in a Chevy van paid for by Kickstarter fans), Asheville's Nikki Talley and her husband Jason Sharp return home, stopping by Studio B for another fun session featuring her sweet Appalachian voice and roots. Their most recent release is Live At The Altamont Theatre recorded in Asheville. They'll be on 8 area stages in the next 11 days: Asheville, Brevard, Saluda, Greenville, & Morganton.
This 5-piece band is made up of veterans of James Brown's Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Neville Brothers Band, The Radiators, & Outformation. They wowed us when they last came to WNCW (and showed up on Crowd Around the Mic Vol. 16). Join us in welcoming The New Orleans Suspects back before they head to their show in Black Mountain!
Shane Pruitt, Freddie Vanderford, Brandon Turner and Matthew Knights are four well-known figures in the blues, roots, and rock music scene of the SC Upstate for the past few years, and they have now united to form a quartet of some smokin' hot blues, Mill Billy Blues. They've got a new release out, and we'll hear 'em live before they play with the Sparkletones at The Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday.
Erin McKeown returns to WNCW before shows in Asheville and Knoxville this weekend. In addition to her great release Manifestra (her 7th), McKeown has been busy working with various music and other organizations such as the Berkman Center For Internet & Society at Harvard University (she's a fellow there), the Future of Music Coalition (she's a boardmember), and the Media Action Grassroots Network. Lots to talk about with Erin this Friday, tune in!
We are excited to spark up Studio B Friday with our favorite Portland, OR old-time group, the Foghorn Stringband! Actually they're one of our favorites regardless of home. They play the old way, the way stringbands played on Southern radio stations back in the '30s. Caleb Klauder and company come back to Spindale on their way to play Asheville Friday and Knoxville Saturday.
Larry Keel is one of the most innovative and exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarists performing today. His wife Jenny Keel brings her impeccable timing and solid bass lines to their duo, which visits Studio B, Thursday, February 21st. Listen in at 4 pm and catch their outstanding acoustic music and down-home-good-time charm in advance of their show at Pisgah Brewing.