For 20 years now, Acoustic Syndicate has been rockin' stages across Western NC and beyond (not to mention the family farm.) They celebrate their big anniversary with a concert (more like a festival!) in Black Mountain this Saturday.
Whether performing as an acoustic duo or a full fledged honky-tonk five piece, The Honeycutters have got to be considered one of the best new Americana bands today, thanks to the songwriting and singing of Amanda Anne Platt and the tasteful guitar and production work of Peter James. Their 2009 release "Irene" made WNCW's Top 100, and this week marks the release of their 2nd collection.
Formed in 2007 in Brooklyn, NY but now based out of Asheville, The Broadcast brings their funky, soulful, Motown-inspired sound to Studio B. Singer Caitlin Krisko’s voice is a force to be reckoned with. They play Greenville Friday night.
Peter Karp & Sue Foley are two contemporary blues/roots musicians who united together in 2010 to write songs of, as Foley says, "positivity, renewal, absolution." They're back with their 2nd collaboration, and we'll hear live songs from it on their way to an evening Charlotte show.
Asheville's Velvet Truckstop returns to Studio B, in advance of a string of shows in Charlotte, Black Mountain, and Asheville. Their latest release "Sweet Release" includes Tom Constanten, keyboardist for the Grateful Dead for a few years. As our own Laura Blackley has said, “If Velvet Truckstop ain’t careful, they just might make rock and roll relevant again."
It's some High Country Reggae when Asheville band Chalwa returns to Studio B. They've just finished a new release and you'll be the first to hear live tunes from it when they play live! They play at Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville on Friday.
The New Orleans Suspects are "Mean Willie Green" from the Neville Brothers on drums, Reggie Scanlan of the Radiators on the bass, Jake Eckert on guitar from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kevin Harris on saxophone from Dirty Dozen, and CR Gruver on keys from Outformation. These cats are all New Orleans, all the time.
Formed out of Asheville band Soulgrass Rebellion, the Get Right Band is Silas Durocher, Jesse Gentry, and Chris Pyle. Leaning more on the funk, reggae, and rock side, they play a 4/20 L.A.B. show with The Archrivals.
Since leaving The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Robinson has forged a new path with his new band of fellow North Carolinians, The Mary Annettes. If you've ever wondered how NC roots music sounds amongst the influences of J.S. Bach, Erykah Badu, & English nursery rhymes, now's your chance.