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Photos By Ben Christensen and Bobby Cochran

Charley Crockett loves to ride horses almost as much as he loves to play music. 2020 was going to be the year that I got to see him play his music live not once, but twice — first at MerleFest in spring, and next at Cold Mountain Music Festival in summer. Of course, the pandemic struck both of those appearances for Charley, and made every venue and festival reschedule or cancel the year’s events. The silver lining is that, most likely, I got to speak with him for far longer than I would have in person at either of those festivals when I called him while he was staying in Taos, New Mexico.

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Vicki Dameron

"We're covering a lot of territory this week, from Smith County Texas all the way to Paris, France," said Kim Clark.

We say hello to the year 2019 with our first batch of new music for the podcast, almost all of which has a direct connection to the states of North Carolina and Texas. A nice coincidence, really. We bring back DJ For A Day with music historian and rare vinyl hunter Ken Friedman who produced the Tobacco Au-Go-Go series, and Ken has a mysterious 45 from Spindale that we are trying to figure out. We will also share some stories and some songs from his Tobacco Au-Go-Go compilations.

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Singer/songwriter Vanessa Peters seems to be really hitting her stride with a new album called Foxhole Prayers. "I'm a literature geek at heart and for years I've wanted to do an album somehow influenced by The Great Gatsby, but the idea seemed much to nerdy and abstract. But after I re-read it last year, it dawned on me that we were literally reliving the Gatsby years."  She plays Wednesday in Charlotte, and Thursday in Knoxville (and Italy a week later!)

Paul Cauthen is one of Americana's best new singer/songwriters. We first got to know him when he was a member of the band Sons of Fathers. WNCW 's Music Director Martin Anderson spoke with Cauthen at September's AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee during a morning spent at SoundStage Studios, following a late night showcase with a dozen or more other WNCW favorites musicians. We originally aired the interview on Wednesday, October 3rd, and now you can listen to the PODCAST.

Live Friday, September 28th around 10:30am: Amanda Shires

Sep 21, 2018
Thomas Liddell

Yes she's the Texan fiddler married to Jason Isbell with her latest album recorded in Nashville by producer Dave Cobb. But throw out all your presumptions of what she'll sound like, because Amanda likes to keep you on your toes, which is one of the things we love about her. "I wanted the songs to have atmosphere,” Shires says. “That the album was going to be sort of poppy, and that I was doing that to bring some sunshine into the world, cause it’s pretty dark right now.” Her busy tour schedule rolls her through Asheville on Friday night.

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Carolina Blue

We've got some home-grown bluegrass with Brevard-based Carolina Blue playing some tunes for us from their new album “Sounds of Kentucky Grass.” Also, the psycho-tropic folk of the Austin, Texas band The Deer live in our studio.

 

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Photo by Vicki Dameron

Donna the Buffalo has been sending out good musical vibes since 1989, and this week on Studio B Rewind we'll catch them in a live session from 2013, when they had just released the album “Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday.”  Also, Radney Foster in an interview and performance from November of last year, focusing on his album “For You To See The Stars”, and his book by the same name.