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.
Barton's album last year, Avery County I'm Bound to You, was one of our favorites here among WNCW programmers. The local singer-songwriter, nowadays living in Seattle, returns home for a string of shows (Asheville, Boone, Bakersville, Johnson City, Greenville, & Charlotte!), and a return to Studio B.
Formed in NYC by the drummer for Afrobeat band Antibalas, EMEFE's full band consists of a four-piece horn section, a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists, and a keyboardist. More descriptive though is EMEFE's motto: "Music Frees All". The band hopes to spread awareness of the healing power of music, dancing, and smiling. This is going to be a hot live session as the band visits us on their way to their Black Mountain show.