Just voted Best Soul Band in Asheville's Mountain XPress Readers' Poll, The Secret B-Sides visit Studio B. Looks like Juan Holladay, Robin Tolleson, Shayne Heather, and Jeff K'norr will also be joined by the horn section of reggae band Common Foundation, too! They have various gigs in Black Mountain, Hendersonville, and their hometown of Asheville these next two weeks.
Scrapomatic returns to Studio B for another cool session before heading to Asheville. Paul Olsen and David Yoke join Mike Mattison (vocalist/songwriter for the Tedeschi Trucks Band) for a great blend of blues, soul, and rock on their latest release I'm a Stranger and I Love the Night.
Ol' 74 Jazz Band is an 18-member (!) jazz ensemble from right here in Rutherford County that focuses on 1940's swing, but branches out into rock and other styles too. They are often found at the Barley's Taproom in Spindale on Thursdays, and we are excited to have them pile in to Studio B for their first live radio session with us!
This country-soul roots-rock band from Nashville caught our attention this summer with their latest release "Salvation in the Ground." We then discovered that one of the members (bassist Grayson Downs) is from nearby Lincolnton! The Allen Thompson Band plays Black Mountain Friday night and Gaffney on Saturday night.
Jazz-based keyboardist Marco Benevento is one of the most innovative, dynamic keyboardists of our time. He last visited us two years ago, and it was one of our favorite sessions of the year. The story of his tricked-out 1927 upright piano (seen here) was just one of the highlights.
Tune in for what promises to be another great one. He and his band play Black Mountain Thursday night and Knoxville on Friday.
What do you get when you combine a member of the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, a gospel singer from Alamance County, and an expert vintage instrument restorer? You get the Charleston old-time trio of The South Carolina Broadcasters, favorites of Sunday's "This Old Porch" show. They bring their fiddle/banjo/guitar lineup to Studio B in advance of their Friday show in Fletcher and Saturday show in Saluda.
With six groundbreaking albums of original songs, more than a dozen years of recording and touring around the world, a harvest of music industry awards, and covers of her songs by a roster of great artists, it would seem that Mary Gauthier should have a handle on some of the big answers. Yet with each new album, with each new cycle of songs that illuminate her soul, Mary is always ending up with more questions.
She brings her tour to Asheville this week and stops by Studio B Friday afternoon!