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New Tunes at Two

Each Monday through Thursday, we feature three tracks from new releases during the two o'clock hour. We call it "New Tunes at Two". We hope you'll join us!

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  • It’s a straightforward, down-to-earth, no-frills Americana album from this Arkansas singer/songwriter, that may well end up being one of the genre’s best artist debuts of the year. The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Creedence Clearwater Revival are some of Clayton’s primary influences. Get to know some of his great new songs with his six-piece band with Spencer on Monday afternoon, and in the weeks to come, here at WNCW.
  • We’re always especially excited to get new releases from musicians from our region, like Polk County, NC native H.C. McEntire. She’s been growing a nationwide fanbase with her indie/folk/rock soundscapes over the past decade or so, and has a new collection called Every Acre. The physical landscape, our internal emotional landscape… McEntire grapples with those themes—themes that encompass grief, loss, and links to land and loved ones. And naming—claiming land, claiming self, being claimed by ancestry and heritage—permeates the hauntingly beautiful landscape that is this poignant collection of songs.
  • Check out these hints of what’s to come this winter and spring with these brand-new singles we’ve recently received. Darren Nicholson, former mandolinist with Balsam Range, has a new song he co-wrote with Charles Humphrey II, out this week courtesy of Crossroads/Mountain Home Music Company in Arden. Nickel Creek has unveiled “Strangers”, from a March 24th album called Celebrants, their first in 9 years! And the one and only Van Morrison has a new album coming out March 10th called Moving On Skiffle, a nod to the blend of blues, ragtime, and folk that was wildly popular in the UK in the ‘50s with young fans including Van and the Liverpool lads that later became The Beatles.
  • Twin brothers Andrew and David Williams hail from Henderson, NV, and are the nephews of singer Andy Williams. After a stretch of time recording for Warner Records back in 1988-1994, they are back with more of a retro-reflective focus, evoking the sublime blood harmony sounds of the Everly Brothers. Producer and bassist Marvin Etzioni wrote a number of these songs, but also notable (besides their harmonies) are the brothers’ choice of artists to cover: Robbie Fulks, Dave Davies of The Kinks, Iris DeMent, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
  • Neil’s back! This 11-song collection is a cautiously optimistic meditation on the past, present, and future of our shared planet and what it means to live on it. With songs like “Love Earth”, “This Old Planet”, and “The World”, you get the theme here. It was produced by Young and Rick Rubin, and as you might expect, it was meticulously recorded – live -- and mixed to analog tape.
  • Jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist Vilray met singer Rachael Price back in 2003 as students at the New England Conservatory of Music, and he also formed a band with other members of what would become Lake Street Dive, which is how we got to know Rachael’s exquisite voice and presence. They began performing together as a duo in 2015. Get to know this wonderful collection of songs, most all of which were written by Vilray.
  • If you’re looking for Americana singer/songwriters who capture the mountains, rivers, history and culture of Appalachia particularly well, make sure you know Pony Bradshaw. Released on January 27th, this is his follow-up to 2021’s “Calico Jim” which we also loved. Asked to describe what went into this one, Pony says “Sweat and work and joy and pain and anger and patience and restraint.” He plays The Radio Room in Greenville on Sunday the 29th, The Evening Muse in Charlotte on Wednesday the 1st, and The Grey Eagle in Asheville on Thursday the 2nd!
  • Singer Irene Kelley has her 4th bluegrass album, mostly recorded in Madison, TN save for contributions from the Kruger Brothers in North Wilkesboro, NC. Other great guests here include Mike Bubb on bass, Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, Adam Steffey and Jessie Brock on mandolin, Matt Menefee and Scott Vestal on banjo, Cody Kilby and Josh Williams on guitar, and Ronnie Bowman and Brooke & Darin Aldridge on harmony vocals. Plus about a dozen others!
  • Perhaps ALL of us are brave in one way or another. And we’re featuring songs throughout Monday that reflect upon the bravery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr… But Ponder was brave enough to leave her successful day job working in the public defender’s office in her hometown of Rochester, NY to devote herself full-time to sharing her powerful singing voice with the world. Her debut album blends R&B, blues, pop, moody trip-hop, and above all, that powerful voice.
  • It’s a blues-rock direction on this one for the sister duo of Megan and Rebecca Lovell. The title is taken from a song that Rebecca had written, “thinking about our mother, sitting at the piano and singing with us, and how these traditions get passed down from generation to generation. It’s a very sweet and touching feeling. We wanted to bring all of that into the whole record, because it is a family affair. It’s us sisters, self-producing the record as we have done with the past few.”