Zansa is a slang word from the Ivory Coast meaning "combination" or "blend". The Asheville musicians are fronted by Adama Dembele, a 33rd generation West African musician who moved to the area and formed the band in 2005. They return to Studio B before heading to their Friday night show in Asheville, and this time they'll be joined by guitarist Moussa Kone (who tours with Affou Keita).
We are delighted to welcome the Rangers back to Studio B, this time before they head to UNC-Asheville's first ever Arts Fest (April 10-13) for a Thursday night performance. And this time, mandolinist Mike Guggino gets the spotlight, as he receives an Arts Achievement Award from his alma mater! The band has been busy this year, with all the buzz over their 2013 album Tell the Ones I Love (from the likes of The Gra
Frank Vignola is for sure one of the most talented guitarists we've ever had in Studio B. He's also impressed Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal. Add to his virtuosity the impressive chops of Vinny Raniolo, and we've got quite the live session coming your way. They play the Altamont Theatre in Asheville Thursday night.
Spanish Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms....The Sultans of String cover it all, often with blistering speed. The Toronto-based group sometimes performs as a duo, sometimes as a large ensemble. They join Spencer Jones in Studio B before shows in Carrboro Friday and Black Mountain Saturday.
Asheville's David Wilcox has been making albums since 1987. And anyone who has gotten to know him as a songwriter -- or a fellow citizen -- will tell you our world is a more positive place for them. His latest one, Blaze, featured a few departures from his previous work, most notably the addition of producer Ric Hordinski, bassist Byron House, and drummers Joshua Seurkamp and Daniel Joseph Dorff. Joe Kendrick talks with David about Blaze, his Musical Magazine, his Weekend at Kanuga, his upcoming Charlotte & Ashevill
The winner of numerous jazz awards since her 2006 debut, singer Catherine Russell is in the area for a rather rare concert performance in Tryon Friday evening. Her father Luis was Louis Armstrong's longtime collaborator and music director, and her mother Carline Ray worked a lot with Ruth Brown and Mary Lou Williams among others, and Catherine herself has supported artists ranging from David Bowie to Steely Dan to Paul Simon...so we'll have one or two degrees of separation from just about everyone Friday afternoon! Her new r
We enjoyed debuting their debut Might Couldlast week for New Tunes at 2, and this Tuesday is it's official release. Wednesday, we welcome Slade Baird, Adam Phillips and Craig Lentz to Spindale for a live session from this new Charlotte band of honky tonk and roots rock. They play their CD release show in the Queen's City Friday, followed by gigs in Knoxville, Boone, and beyond.
This week Studio B welcomes two great regional acts with albums being released this week...Saluda's Aaron Burdett returns for another live session, this time with his 5th album, but first on Asheville's Organic Records. The album features a who's who of great area talent, and, with the exception of a new version of his "Going Home to Carolina" (which won Our State magazine's "Carolina Songs" songwriting contest), all new original material from this great wordsmith.
The voice, and the groove, and the imagery, all conjure up the swampy bayou blues for which Tony Joe White has become known. Since his debut in 1969, which featured his first hit "Polk Salad Annie", White has written and recorded timeless songs, whether for himself or for others such as Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Hank Williams, Jr., and Tina Turner. "Rainy Night in Georgia": that's him. His latest release is called Hoodoo, and we are honored to welcome White to WNCW for a live chat and a few songs.