One of our favorite voices to have discovered these last few years, Ryan Montbleau brings his band back to Studio B before shows in Asheville and Charlotte. Hopefully we'll hear songs from his forthcoming release recorded in New Orleans, with help from George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, & Anders Osborne. Not a bad studio band!
Blending old-time, bluegrass, & blues with a contemporary songwriter's touch, The Steel Wheels sing and play with a passion rarely matched by others. One of Americana music's best quartets returns to Studio B for a lively winter session as they prepare for a busy spring & summer schedule of festivals around the country.
It's a live "Friday Fusion" when Roland Dierauf interviews Asheville-based The Archrivals. Chuck Lichtenberger, Tim Haney, Jonathan Pearlman, Zack Page, Justin Ray, Jacob Rodriguez, & others will jam live before taking part in this week's new Asheville Improvisational Music Festival.
As they tell it, Sugar & The Hi Lows (Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup) are "bringing back the era of feel good music, the days when one take was enough and an auto-tune was a thing you did to your ’55 Chevy. It's a bit of a nostalgic love offering." Just in time for their Valentine's Day album release, and shows in Knoxville, Asheville, Carrboro, & Charlotte this week.
One of the most promising new releases we've heard so far this year is from Wilmington, NC band Onward, Soldiers. It's a catchy blend of rock and Americana you can hear for yourself when they visit Studio B Thursday around Noon.
This Friday we are pleased to welcome one of the most played bands of traditional Irish music heard on WNCW -- or on just about any other station for that matter. The 5-piece band Solas has evolved it's lineup over the years, consistently maintaining their adherence to tradition while branching out in contemporary directions. They play Clover this Thursday and Asheville on Friday.