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.
She may be the daughter of Hank Jr. and grand-daughter of Hank Sr., but Holly Williams' songs on her latest album revolve mostly around her mother's side of the family -- though with a lot of the same themes found throughout the country and Americana music her paternal side is famous for: love, loss, conflict, desire, addiction... We are honored to welcome her to Studio B on her way to Merlefest for a Thursday evening set before heading to California, then back to our area for shows in Charlotte and Greenville in May.
There are a number of surprising and/or mystifying stories surrounding The Zombies. One is that their most recognized hits did not really get recognized as hits until well after they were released; in fact their biggest hit, "Time of the Season", was not released until after they had broken up. There's the story of how the constraints and shortfalls surrounding the creation of their 1968 finale Odessey & Oracle in fact helped it become the psychedelic-pop masterpiece that it is considered today. Then there's the equally unbelievable fact that we get to host keyboardist/songw