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.
We had such a good time with Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks last month, we thought we'd bring in another vintage jugband/stringband from Asheville this week: the Crow Quill Night Owls. Kit "Stymee" Stovepipe has a wonderful knowledge of 1920's and '30's tunes and styles, and he's joined by Windy City Alex on the tenor banjo, banjo-lele and kazoo, Baylin Adaheer on the washtub bass, and others. They play 5 Walnut in Asheville pretty regularly, and are at the Emerald Lounge on Valentine's Day.
Few people can do more with the fiddle -- or with pedal boards and other bells & whistles -- than Asheville's own Casey Driessen. In between tours with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, and the Zac Brown Band, he recorded his most recent collection, Singularity. Join us for another exciting live session from him this Wednesday before his Saturday show at Pisgah Brewing and a week at Folk Alliance. In the meantime, check out his adaption of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".
The "New Queen of Bluegrass"? She and her band are certainly one of the most awarded bands in bluegrass, if not THE most. Just this past week, she picked up the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award from SPBGMA, and was inducted into their Preservation Hall of Greats, and The Rage won Instrumental Group of the Year. Also among the best in Country and in Gospel, she has just released a new album, and is in the midst of a tour that basically won't end until December.
Though they live in Marshall, NC, Dana & Susan Robinson probably spend more time in Scotland, Vermont, California, and elsewhere, sharing their music like the modern day folk troubadours that they are. "New songs of rural America and old-time mountain music" is how they describe what they do. Few folks are bigger fans of the late Pete Seeger; Dana wrote a wonderful review of Seeger's 90th birthday bash in 2009 here. They play Waynesville on Friday and Asheville on Sunday.