Shane Pruitt, Freddie Vanderford, Brandon Turner and Matthew Knights are four well-known figures in the blues, roots, and rock music scene of the SC Upstate for the past few years, and they have now united to form a quartet of some smokin' hot blues, Mill Billy Blues. They've got a new release out, and we'll hear 'em live before they play with the Sparkletones at The Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday.
Erin McKeown returns to WNCW before shows in Asheville and Knoxville this weekend. In addition to her great release Manifestra (her 7th), McKeown has been busy working with various music and other organizations such as the Berkman Center For Internet & Society at Harvard University (she's a fellow there), the Future of Music Coalition (she's a boardmember), and the Media Action Grassroots Network. Lots to talk about with Erin this Friday, tune in!
One of WNCW's favorite songwriters, Steve Earle releases The Low Highway on April 16th. We'll give you a great preview of it this Thursday as we spin each tune from it throughout the evening's mix. Technically "Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses)", this is Earle's 15th studio album. If there's a theme on this one, it's endless road traveling. As he writes in the liner notes, "I've been on every interstate highway in the lower forty-eight states by now and I never get tired of the view."
We are excited to spark up Studio B Friday with our favorite Portland, OR old-time group, the Foghorn Stringband! Actually they're one of our favorites regardless of home. They play the old way, the way stringbands played on Southern radio stations back in the '30s. Caleb Klauder and company come back to Spindale on their way to play Asheville Friday and Knoxville Saturday.
To celebrate the birthday of the Queen of Soul, The Spindale Cycle is proud to play Aretha Franklin`s Young, Gifted and Black. A top 10 gold-certified album released in 1972, it takes its title from the Nina Simone song. With an All Star band which included Dr.