Studio B

Studio B Performances - Presented by Sierra Nevada

Eric D. Johnson, a.k.a. Fruit Bats, released "Gold Past Life" this year, a wonderful folk-pop-rock album that is his 8th album, and 3rd in a bit of a triology. How to define the music? “Fruit Bats makes existential make-out music,” Eric describes with a chuckle. “But you’re also welcome to dive into it deeper if you want. Good pop music should be sublime like that.” Showtime at The Mothlight in West Asheville Tuesday is 8pm.

Here's something we've perhaps never been able to announce before, for one of your favorite programs: A live Swing Set during "Jazz & Beyond"! One of Rutherford County's hidden treasures is this 18-member band that plays a variety of jazz, funk, and rock hits. It's been many years since we had them in Studio B, and this time Roland gets to host them around the time of his weekly spotlight on big band/swing classics.

Live Friday, November 15th between 1 & 2pm: Young Mister

Nov 11, 2019

We had no idea who Young Mister was when we got his new CD "Sudden Swoon" a few weeks ago, but were instantly impressed with the songs and their arrangements from the first listen. Turns out he's Steven Fiore of Tryon, who had an 8-year stint writing for Universal Music Publishing Group, collaborations with artists including Art Garfunkel and Courtney Marie Andrews, and what sounds like a terrific home studio where this was recorded! He performs a solo session here Friday afternoon before a show Saturday night in Tryon, and a number of other cities throughout the South this month.

Live Wednesday, November 13th between 1 & 2pm: Lula Wiles

Nov 11, 2019
Louise Bichan

The trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin is rooted in folk traditions honed together in Maine, and at Boston's Berklee School of Music before that. Their online bio sums up their mission as perpetating "the people’s practice of sharing their communities’ struggles through songs. The band exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music." They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville on Wednesday, then Bristol, VA on Thursday.

Jesse Kitt

The wonderfully innovative world jazz trio out of Asheville (from left: River Guergarian, Chris Rosser, and Eliot Wadopian) has a new album called "Pursuit", and a release show this Friday at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. Like their previous works, it explores a variety of musical cultures, and the universal language of sound they share in common.

David McClister

We look forward to getting to know this Nashville-based old time string band that brings a lot of passion to some of the best Georgia and Tennessee fiddle tunes. The Hogsloppers are Kevin Martin on fiddle, Daniel Binkley on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass. They play White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, and Barley's of Knoxville on Sunday.

This East Nashville songwriter (formerly from NJ and VA) confronts a number of topics with wisdom and humor on his new album Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs. “I try to write things that make me chuckle, and that chuckling is usually making peace with the existential dilemma of both the times and life in general,” Bradbury says. He visits with Martin in Studio B Friday morning in between shows at the Grey Eagle in Asheville Thursday night, and the Evening Muse in Charlotte Friday night.

Live Friday, October 4th between 3 & 4pm: Front Country

Oct 2, 2019

The "string-band pop" of Front Country fits a niche that is appealing to fans of both bluegrass, and the modern soul and rock acts we enjoy playing. Melody Walker, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, & Jeremy Darrow return to Studio B before their Friday show at Pisgah Brewing Company.  "As exciting a band on stage as they are in the studio, Front Country stands strong and tall in today's American roots music scene." -Woody Platt, Steep Canyon Rangers

We've loved getting to know Dori's work over the past few years, including through some of our live remote broadcasts from area venues when she's passed through our area. Now we get to welcome her to Studio B, on the release date of her wonderful new album Every Single Star.  She plays West Asheville, NC on Thursday, Knoxville, TN on Friday, and Vilas, NC on Saturday.

Life Like Water is the brainchild of David Matters, with bandmates Megan Drollinger and Charles Furtado, all of whom call Asheville home. Listen for some intriguing African and Middle Eastern influences in this folk/newgrass trio's sound. They played Sunday the 15th at Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River.

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