November 30, 2022

Ep 157 Gold Light pt 1

Gold Light joins the podcast to talk about DIY recording and FYI other stuff
 
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Gold Light is the musical project of Joe Chang. Tracking through cinematic tales of heartache, love and loss while bouncing effortlessly between genres from 50’s rock and roll to post-punk to classic country and folk, Gold Light becomes a catchall for Chang’s prismatic take on American music.
Currently based in Asheville and forming in 2013, Joe has written, self-recorded, and performed most of the instrumentation on his five full-length albums. Fleshing out the band live with a rotating cast of musicians throughout the years, Gold Light has played over 200 shows with the majority of them being on the road. “Blood Summer”, Gold Light’s latest album, comes out 3 February, 2022.
 
 
 
November 17, 2022

Ep 156 Joshua Carpenter pt 2

Joshua Carpenter brings new tunes and a fresh attitude to the podcast.
 
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Joshua Carpenter has done stints with Floating Action, The Nein, and even a handful of gigs here and there with cult-hero-turned-phenomenon Rodriguez. The Asheville, NC resident currently plays with Schooner, Better Twin, & Emily Easterly in addition to writing and performing under his own name. Carpenter has released two under-the-radar-but-stellar solo albums, Full Flight, in 2011, and Prey Tells, in 2017.

Carpenter’s aesthetic lends itself to Big Star’s memorable hooks with the wry, eviscerating wit of Andy Partridge. Catchy, cerebral, and a little pugnacious.

"… traces back through songsmiths Tobin Sprout and Matthew Sweet to Robyn Hitchcock and Ray Davies - nostalgia obsessives unafraid to dress their melancholy in pop trappings."

-John Schacht, Independent Weekly (NC)

 
  
Annabelle’s Curse is an electrified indie-folk band from Bristol, TN/VA. The band has developed a reputation for high energy live shows and immersive studio albums. Its members are Tim Kilbourne (vocals, banjo, guitar), Carly Booher Edwards (vocals, mandolin), Zack Edwards (guitar), Travis Goyette (drums), Kirk Bagnall (auxiliary percussion), and Andrew Clark (bass). They have released five full-length albums and one EP. 
 
Since forming in 2010, Annabelle’s Curse has toured extensively, developing a devoted fan base throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic. They have supported acts such as Blues Traveler, Anderson East, Langhorn Slim, Amythyst Kiah, 49 Winchester, Folk Soul Revival, Humming House, The Black Lillies, The Hackensack Boys, Allison Russell, and honeyhoney. The band has performed at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 10 times and has played Floydfest, RoosterWalk, Fall for Greenville, NC Brewer’s Fest, Music City Roots on PBS, and countless other festivals and events.
 
This is a special episode which is simply a free song by Western North Carolina songwriter Adrianna Blanks. Below is a link to download the song as an mp3
 
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The story behind the song - My parents, Blanks & Tanya Marie Bettenhausen, died when I was 10 months old. The song is about my relationship to my grief losing them so young. It was hard growing up because there was no textbook for how to deal with this specific type of loss. I was put in a lot of general counseling but the only place I saw myself represented were characters like Sabrina, and Harry Potter. That’s why I wanted to write this song and share my story, because if it helps even one person, then it was worth opening up about.
 
Adrianne Blanks- Songwriter, Vocals @adrianneblanks
Matt Blanks- Piano @soaringsoundstudio
Dan Hood- Guitar, Pedal Steel @danhoodmusic
Taylor West- Bass @_eddtaylor_
Alfred Sergel IV- Drums, Percussion @alfredsergel.4
Gage Owens- Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer @gage_owens_
Dave McNair- Mastering Engineer
Recorded at @siouxsiouxstudio
Album Art - Kristen Marie Greene @kristenmariegreene & Nina D’Angier
 
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This episode features selections from Represented, the  WNC Musicians For Change compilation album in support of voting rights and access. Here's a link to the whole thing. All tracks are free, and contain links to valuable voting information.
 
For a great selection of voting resources visit https://www.vote.org/
 
 
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Fantomex
 
Josh Gray
 
Nick Mac
 
Couldn't Be Happiers
 
Kathryn O'Shea
 
Bonny Dagger
 
Taylor Maxson
 
The Get Right Band
 
Andrew Thelston
 
Jim Swayzee
 
Matt Geary
 
Valravne
 
Landon Gray
 
 
Chris  Titchner
 
 
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This episode features selections from Represented, the  WNC Musicians For Change compilation album in support of voting rights and access. Here's a link to the whole thing. All tracks are free, and contain links to valuable voting information.
 
For a great selection of voting resources visit https://www.vote.org/
 
 
Artists featured on this episode
 
Julia Sanders
 
The Blue Eyed Bettys
 
Tin Roof Echo
 
The Deathbots
 
Eleanor Underhill
 
The Lily Vakili Band
 
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October 10, 2022

Ep 155 Day and Dream pt 1

Day and Dream join the podcast and we figure out which is which!
 
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Self described star gazers and forest dwellers, Day & Dream creates music that sounds like your favorite warm fuzzy blanket. Long time artists, musicians and singer/songwriters, Peter Frizzante and Abby Amaya, initially met in New York City, but didn't start their indie-rock dreampop shoegaze band together until they moved to  Asheville, North Carolina. Abby’s roots are in California 60s coastal pop, while Peter’s is post-punk, indie-rock. Working together, the now husband and wife team showcase their admiration for sun-soaked sonic landscapes, lo-fi lounge, neo-psychedelia, fuzzy guitars, jazz tones, and melodic pop structures. Reverb soaked and layered with soft whispery vocals, the result is an energetic and memorable reverie. Peter, the morning person, and Abby, the night owl -- their band name is a nod to their opposite sleep schedules. The pair is often writing music or lyrics at home in between work and daily chores, finding inspiration in the human condition and the pain and joy of life. 

The band has played with many different local drummers (Jake Cavinder, Matt Hendler, Mike Fasano) and bass players (Marcos Waldheim, Erik Jan, Lowell Hobbs, Matt Tobia, Daniel Hyman). Their first  single, Nocturnal Creatures,  was recorded at El Rancho Morbido Studios with Ryan Slagle (Black Mountain, NC) and debuted in July 2018. This was soon followed by their first full length album, “With Every Breath You Die” in February 2019,  recorded at Standard Electric Studios with Engineer Damon Moon & mastered by Greg Hendler in Atlanta. They went back to the studio in July of 2019 to record a handful of  tracks at Echo Mountain Studios (Asheville, NC). The singles were engineered by  Kenny Harrington, mastered by Jason NeSmith of Chase Park Transduction Studios (Athens, GA) & Geoff Pesche of world renowned Abbey Road Studios (London).  

After canceling most shows booked for the last two years, the band has stayed busy indoors with numerous live streams & shooting music videos. They’ve had singles featured on several compilations: Green Witch Records  (NYC), Sunday Records (Chicago), Stereoactive Media (Austin/Brooklyn), Shoegaze  Pilipinas (Philippines), Holy Crap Records (Black Mountain, NC), Editoris (Panama), OIM Records (Oakland, CA), Bummer Recordings (Chattanooga, TN), and Shiny Happy Records (Indonesia). 

In 2021, they signed with Lilystars Records (ADA, Warner Music Group), owned by Clementine Castro (Oranges & Lemons, The Camerawalls). The band issued several singles: Rabbit Hole, Separation Anxiety, and a remix of Cabin Fever by indie-electropop legends, Sweet Trip. Their second album, "The Art of Remembering" (mixed & mastered by Chrisanthony Kryptoneum Vinzons), released in February 2022, followed by a bout of live shows. Day & Dream is an official 2022 SXSW artist. Please stay tuned for live show updates.

 
Canadian born but raised in Ireland, Cormac Russell has taken his music across the globe, including tours in England and China. He released his acclaimed fourth album titled 'Ghost Town' last year, which won some very favorable reviews in the press, as well as airplay on national and international radio. He will be releasing his fifth LP titled 'The Year I Broke The Stars' on October 28th. Playing all the instruments himself, he draws from a wide range of influences; from indie contemporaries like Kurt Vile and Bill Callahan to literary giants like Whitman and Rimbaud. 
September 16, 2022

Ep 154 Laura Jane Vincent pt1

Welcome Laura Jane Vincent to the podcast! Lots of fun and misunderstandings.
 
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Laura Jane Vincent is a performer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter. She writes
ballads of strength loss and triumph featuring stories of those who should know better but just
simply can't help themselves. Her most recent album “All These Machines” released February 2020, is available everywhere. She tours the entire east coast and Midwest when there’s not an unexpected global health event in the way. She is currently working on her 3rd full length album, once again at Black Rabbit Audio studio with award winning producer Tom Troyer, who also is a permanent member of her live band.
 
She was named by the Triad Music Festival AMPD Expo as songwriter of the year for 2017. She is also the creator and curator of the twice annual music festival Glendonfest in Moore County, NC. Established in 2016, the event features 25+ regional and national touring acts over two days in the spring and fall.
In addition to promoting and performing her own music, Laura also is the manager and publicist
for a handful of select music clients, creatively directing their career trajectories and all tasks
related to booking and representation. She also serves on the community advisory board for the
North Carolina Folk Festival, and assists with the production and successful creation of various
entertainment events across the southeast. She lives in a 200 year old farmhouse on 21 acres in the middle of nowhere in southeastern rural North Carolina with her partner, drummer David Tippetts and an ever changing menagerie of fuzzy pets.
 
 
His & Hers is a husband and wife fronted Americana folk band from North Carolina.  Caleb and Sara Davis have been playing together as His & Hers since 2013.  They have released 3 albums, including “Come On In”, out in September 2022. 
 
His & Hers has played many festivals and stages, including Merlefest, AppaloosaFest, The CBC Bluegrass Festival, The Daniel Boone Festival, The Ramkat, The Blue Ridge Music Center Amphitheatre, The COMMA Theatre, Muddy Creek Music Hall, and many others.  They have shared the stage with and/or opened for many regional and national touring Americana acts including: Scythian, Dom Flemmons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Mason Via (Old Crow Medicine Show), Zoe & Cloyd, Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers, Cane Mill Road, Caroline Owens, Hank Smith & Pattie Kinlaw, Tyler Nail and many more.
 
August 30, 2022

Ep 153 Carrie Morrison pt 2

Carrie Morrison didn't learn better the first time so she joins the podcast this week, including live performances with Jamie Leigh Bennett and Andrew Thelston
 
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Carrie Morrison's music will break your heart - in the best way. Melodic and memorable, her songs make connections. The singer/songwriter/pianist, a native of Louisville, Ky., has been playing piano since age seven. She moved to WNC in 2004, and has been a popular act in the area for more than 15 years. Morrison is known for melodically strong songs with personal lyrics, ranging from the deeply emotional to the slightly silly. Her EP "Carolina Blonde" was released in 2013 and produced by the late Terry Wetton. Album "Miles and Miles" was produced by Chris Rosser, of award-winning ensemble Free Planet Radio, released in 2017. Her latest project, EP "The Neverwhere Sisters," produced by Andrew Thelston and Daniel Nisbet, featuring cellist JamieLeighBennett, was released summer 2021. Morrison has had airplay on WTZQ and WNCW FM, and enjoys collaborations with several local artists onstage and in studio. Morrison is a teacher of Exceptional Children at Brevard High School. She is married to Mike, the love of her life, her champion, and best roadie.  (Something I am proud of: When I released "Miles and Miles," I sold out the lounge at Isis and then *almost* sold out the mainstage hall, in advance. That show was one of the best nights of my life. Also, the version of "Highway Song" on that album featured Grammy-winning bass player Eliot Wadopian, who passed away earlier this year. RIP, Eliot. What a sweet man and virtuoso.)
 
Carrie Marshall - Jazz and Blues Vocalist. Songwriter. Artist. Actress. Storyteller. There are defining moments that shape the unique story of our lives. Carrie loves to share her story through musical performances, interweaving known classic jazz and blues standards with her versatile, award-winning original songs. Whether taking a “Sentimental Journey” or singing the blues, Carrie, a recent breast cancer survivor, shares hope, joy, struggle and peace through music. She encourages listeners to tap their toes to the beat of their own “syncopated rhythm”, finding gold in even the darkest of places. 
 
August 16, 2022

Ep 152 The Well Drinkers

The Well Drinkers jump in on this week's episode to discuss their EP and new single.
 
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The Well Drinkers are a progressive, original bluegrass and Americana band based out of Western North Carolina, whose range extends to festivals and venues across the Southeast.
 
Since the band's creation in 2019, the group has striven to combine traditional roots of their Appalachian region with progressive instrumentation, songwriting, and subject matter. The group doesn't shy away from the opportunity to bring experimental jams, jazz, Cajun, classical and reggae into their live performances
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Jake Bachman  |  lead vocals, mandolin
Adam Bachman  |  dobro, pedal steel, vocals
Josh Riley  |  upright bass, vocals
Jeremy Rilko  |  banjo, vocals
Andrew Wakefield  |  guitar, vocals
 
Billy Litz of Hustle Souls  stops by the podcast to talk about their new EP and solve most of the world's problems.
 
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Hustle Souls is an Asheville, NC based 4-piece who blend dust-covered-vinyl soul nostalgia with modern sensibility.; recently named one of "Music Connections" Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands. Driven by a lust for songwriting, the band’s fervid live performance is heightened by undeniable instrumental prowess and 3 part vocal harmony. With relentless touring, sold out shows and major festival appearances the band has earned a reputation as one of the East Coast’s most promising acts.
 
LITZ is a power house of sound and soul blending retro vibes with a modern spirit.  Formed in 2013 in Montgomery county Maryland  by brothers Austin, Logan and Michael Litz, And named after the family music store, Victor Litz Music, LITZ has toured through most of the country and is a staple of regional jam and electronic festivals.

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