Southern Songs and Stories

Podcast on the WNCW Web Site

Southern Songs and Stories is a documentary series about the music of the South and the artists who make it. Hear their performances and discover the stories behind their songs with a look at their lives on stage, in the studio and at home as well as the family, friends, fans and music professionals around them.

The series is based in western North Carolina and the surrounding Appalachian and foothill regions, covering an incredible array of musicians and bands. Podcast episodes are produced in partnership with public radio station WNCW as well as the Osiris podcast network, and are also carried on Bluegrass Planet Radio. Host Joe Kendrick produces Southern Songs and Stories, documenting the current music of the South and the story of how it came to be, from styles that are centuries old to genres that are just emerging. Episodes typically spotlight individual artists and bands, and occasionally focus on historical topics, issues surrounding musicians and the music industry, and even a song itself, like in the podcast on “Wagon Wheel”. It is a show for everyone who loves music and for anyone who wants to explore the South.

You can find out more by emailing Joe at southernsongsandstories@gmail.com

On Monday, September 21st, tune in during the music mix with Joe Kendrick as he brings you a special presentation of his interviews of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, just after NPR headlines in the 1pm hour. This half-hour session with Jason and wife Amanda features new music from both artists, along with wide-ranging conversation, and is a preview of their upcoming episode of the documentary music podcast Southern Songs and Stories.

Tune your dial to 88.7FM or listen live online.

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Images of Joni Deutsch with Dog By PRX - Evening Muse image by Daniel Coston

In this episode, you will hear the latest from New Zealand’s Tami Neilson, Canada’s Corb Lund, we will get to some wonderfully twisted roots music from artists like Danny Barnes and Sierra Hull, and turn it up a notch with new rock from Best Coast, Maya De Vitry and Greg Dulli. We also welcome Joni Deutsch to our segment “DJ For A Day”, as we have a conversation about how Joni and her colleagues at WFAE in Charlotte are still making radio happen amidst all the upheaval from the coronavirus. All that and more, plus a Segue Of The Show from De La Soul’s watershed debut. 

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Photos by Vicki Dameron

The first time Balsam Range won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Entertainer Of The Year back in 2014, bassist Tim Surrett recalled how someone came up to the band and asked, “How's it feel to be the best bluegrass band in the world?” It was a question they were not quite ready for, as Tim went on to say, “all of us just started laughing.

WNCW intern Josh Meng sitting in one of the ICC Control Rooms for Video Production, working on the very first three-cam coverage of Studio B LIVE on Facebook.
Vicki Dameron

WNCW's new music podcast reviews 2019 with songs that have not been featured before on the show, drawing from WNCW DJs’ Top 10s. From lesser known acts to acclaimed newcomers to established favorites, the playlist has something for everyone. In the segment DJ For A Day, you will get a peek behind the curtain in an interview with our new intern Joshua Meng. We cap it off with a preview of 2020 and a song from the new Marcus King solo album. 

 

Joe Kendrick

From Program Director and Southern Songs and Stories Producer Joe Kendrick:

 

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John Gillespie and Joe Kendrick

"The Deer is a band that does not fit into any one box, or any single term you might use to describe them," said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "The term “folk” comes up a lot when you hear about this Austin, Texas quintet. Descriptors like “indie folk,” “transcendental Texas folk,” and “psychotropic folk” are all floating around out there, but like so many handles we try to put on music, they are often slippery and ill suited to pick up what artists are laying down.

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Vicki Dameron

WNCW’s new music podcast features a number of Texans in this episode, ranging from all time WNCW favorites like Rodney Crowell to newcomers like Los Coast," said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "We get to one of our go-to western North Carolina outfits as well, with Seth Kauffman’s band Floating Action. Plus, we drop in on several women artists who are new to the scene, with songs from Sunny War, Esther Rose and Madison Cunningham.

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Reed Foehl

Hello and welcome to WNCW’s new music podcast, On The Way Up. Get set for some of the best new music to be featured here on grassroots radio, from acoustic to electric, from our daytime mix to ARC Overnight, and a whole lot in between. You’ll get another DJ For A Day when I talk with singer songwriter Reed Foehl about the first time he ever heard his own music on the radio, a theme which will continue into Episode 41 when we have a similar conversation with Amy McCarley.