You know'em, you love'em, you'll hear'em. They're not one but TWO of WNCW's favorite singer/songwriter/pickers, and they play not one but TWO nights in Asheville this week. Songs from their new collaboration Memories and Moments, and funny jokes, and matching bowler hats, live in Studio B this Thursday.
Leave it to Susan Werner to successfully weave both humor and serious passion into an album that centers around agrochemicals, climate change, and sustainable agriculture. The singer/songwriter with deep Iowa farm roots does so on her latest project Hayseed, and she'll talk with us about it this Thursday afternoon in advance of her Asheville concert.
Armed with autoharp, charango, guitar, percussion, and various assorted keyboards (pianoette??), Basia Bulat's new album Tall Tall Shadow was made in collaboration with members of Arcade Fire. You may have heard her interview on The World Cafe last week, or read any number of rave reviews in the NY Times, SPIN, Mother Jones, or Pitchfork. The Toronto native visits us for the first time on her way to her Asheville show Thursday night.
Willy Mason is a fascinating songwriter with a fascinating family tree (a direct descendant of the 19th-century philosopher William James, the brother of novelist Henry James.) His first big break came in 2004 when Conor Oborst fell in love with his work, which has drawn comparisons to Springsteen's Nebraska, or Salinger's Holden Caulfield. He's been on a big tour supporting Mumford & Sons this year, but plays Asheville with the great Laura Marling Wednesday night.
This just in! Karl Denson and band return to Studio B this Friday morning, in between their Thursday Charlotte and Friday Asheville shows. The co-founder of The Greyboy Allstars and currently a member of dub reggae band Slightly Stoopid, Denson is a powerful force. His 6-piece band has a tight, full sound that is anything but tiny.
Nashville legend Lloyd Maines, who has produced the Sons of Fathers' latest release, describes them as “the Everly Brothers meets Neil Young and Merle Haggard and The Clash.” And we don't want to argue with Lloyd Maines... They play Knoxville Thursday and Charlotte Friday.