Joe Pug is one of those DIY, courageous without-a-net artists that we love: He dropped out of college, and quit his job as a carpenter, to pursue his music passion full-time. This included recording and printing up his first CD's and giving them away to anyone who wanted to share his music with their friends. "People requested 2 copies, 5 copies, 10 copies, 20 copies. We'd send them all.
She wowed us -- as well as NPR, Rolling Stone, Afropunk, and others -- last year with her terrific release Pushin' Against a Stone. "You Can't Be Told" and "Workin' Woman Blues" in particular got heavy airplay here. If you can't picture her sound yet, this Tennessee native fits somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday, with a powerful electrified indie-blues groove. Tune in for Valerie June with Joe Kendrick this Tuesday.
With a powerful voice and a style that definitely channels that great Stax sound ("The Staples Singers meets AC/DC"?), Nikki Hill gets your attention, keeps it. Originally from Durham, NC, she now calls St. Louis home, but returns to her home state for a Studio B visit with her band, followed by a Friday night show in Charlotte and a Saturday night headlining slot at Tryon's "Chase Away the Blues" fundraiser.
So who is this guy Willie Sugarcapps? He is actually a they: Will Kimbrough, Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes, and the duo Sugarcane Jane. They started jamming together after multiple shared gigs in Alabama, and their album last year was a Top 10 pick on the Americana lists of No Depression and Examiner.com. They pack Studio B for a live session before playing Asheville Friday night.
American Songwriter, NPR, Amazon, No Depression....just a few of the places where Jason Isbell's 2013 release Southeastern ranked in the Top 50 -- if not #1 -- for the best of the year. WNCW listeners ranked it #3 in our own Top 100. He's come a long way since starting his solo career after his time with the Drive By Truckers, and the most talked about contemporary singer/songwriter in Americana music today returns to Studio B for another moving s