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
We've got what looks to be a fun session this Thursday when this band from Asheville visits us for the first time. With a triple-entendre of a name like theirs, and a great grasp of the turn-of-the-(20th)-Century blues that they specialize in,these guys are sure to please, as they have done already at MerleFest, various clubs, and various street corners these past few years. They play Thursday night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville with Jesse Carolina & the Hot Mess, and the Crow Quill Night Owls.
The hot trio of Western swing and more from Austin, TX put out Rendezvous in Rhythm last year, which features songs from the great Gypsy Jazz/Hot Club of France era of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. It's been far too long since they visited Studio B, so we're elated to welcome Elana James, Whit Smith, and Jake Erwin back before their Asheville show!
Some of us first heard of Georgia-bred, Nashville-based Lera Lynn in 2011, when she won that year's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. She is back with a new release (Lying in the Sun) and a tour that includes Asheville Thursday night. "...she is an Americana act of promise, who can do slow smoldering honkytonk and fleet Western Swing, plus with a band that can upend roots-music expectations." - Philly.com