Led by 33rd generation Ivorian musician Adama Dembele, the music of Zansa, a Nouchi slang word from Ivory Coast meaning “combination” or “blend,” is a synthesis of traditional and modern styles of West Africa. The 5-piece band, based out of Asheville, visits Studio B this Friday in advance of a CD release show in Asheville on the 7th.
They moved to Asheville from Brooklyn in 2010, and they've become one of the hottest bands in the region these days: The Broadcast is a 6-piece band fronted by powerful singer Caitlin Krisko. They've got a new release, Dodge the Arrow, being released this Fall, and we'll hear some of these new tunes live on Wednesday with Joe Kendrick.
Newgrass Revival...The Doobie Brothers...his own killer band....pretty much every Merlefest...WNCW listeners have cherished John Cowan and his incredible voice for as long as we've been on the air. Cowan's currently on a big 60th Birthday Tour, and he, Jeff Autry, Shadd Cobb, and more will visit Studio B before their tour takes them to Charlotte for a Thursday night show.
Mandolin Orange are Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, who met at a Chapel Hill jam session in 2009 and soon discovered that their fiddle and guitar made a great sound together. Blending folk, gospel, and bluegrass, their style is a sweet Southern Appalachian blend that is quite at home here at WNCW. They perform Wednesday the 13th in Knoxville, Friday the 16th in Asheville, and Saturday the 17th in Charlotte.
One of Charlotte's latest sounds is the funk/jazz/rock combo Funk Rush, who live their motto of "Jazz is the teacher, Funk is the preacher!" Scott Newell-guitar, Reggie Dennis-bass, Donte Forsythe-drums, Robert Beasley-percussion. They play Greenville Thursday night after their live radio debut on WNCW.