It's always a treat when the incredible guitarist Geoff Achison is back in our area. A favorite among WNCW blues fans, he's back in Studio B in advance of shows in Asheville, Tryon, and elsewhere in the Southeast these next couple weeks.
Born in Rock Hill, SC in 1939, moved to Memphis in 1959, followed by stints in Chicago, New Orleans, L.A., Europe....Ironing Board Sam has been around. Tune in for some incredible stories centered around boogie-woogie blues, Beale Street, Chess, innovative keyboard inventions, and more. He plays Greer Friday night as part of their Blues Ramble series.
Idaho native Justin Ringer fronts the 5-piece post-folk outfit Horse Feathers, based out of Portland, Oregon. Their 4th album "Cynic's New Year", on the Kill Rock Stars label, captures the murky, heavy, minor-key mood of many Pacific Northwest bands, but also draws heavily from Appalachian folk inspirations. They play Asheville Wednesday night.
“It’s as if,” one reviewer commented, “The Smothers Brothers were young today, wore better suits, and wrote hot jazz songs about drinking.” The Two Man Gentlemen have a new album that was recorded, designed, & packaged entirely without digital technology. Our kind of band.
Raised in Maine but now living in Asheville, Moses Atwood (you may also know his work with Johnson’s Crossroad) recently released his 2nd album, "One Bright Boat". With a sound perhaps reminiscent of Randy Newman and Van Morrison, Atwood has a rich, warm sound that we look forward to hearing live on our airwaves!
To quote their website, "If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired." The gypsy-jazz collective stomps through the Funhouse known as Studio B on their way to three shows in Asheville and Charlotte this week.
Known to their earliest fans as Animal Liberation Orchestra, the California-based A.L.O. sets up shop in Studio B for a fun, danceable live set in advance of shows in Charlotte and Asheville this week. Their new release on Brushfire Records, "Sounds Like This", can easily be considered their strongest yet. http://alomusic.com/soundslikethis/
With one of the most emotionally gripping voices we've heard in a long time, we're happy to announce the return of Dayna Kurtz, both to Studio B and to the recording studio: she has two new releases, one exploring her country & rock roots, the other harkening more to her love of mid-century jazz and R&B. “I’ve always been a bit of a genre outlaw. which I guess makes it a little rough to market me,” Kurtz states. “But I’m in love with music, not with genres."
The husband-and-wife duo The Mastersons have an impressive new release out called "Birds Fly South", and an impressive tour opening for AND playing with Steve Earle and the Dukes this Spring. Tune in for a live session with them and Roland Dierauf.