The live edition of the Americana Music Show broadcasts from the WHUP studios above the Dual Supply Hardware Store on King Street in Hillsborough, NC on Wednesday nights from 7pm-10pm Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT-4) on 104.7FM.
November 9, 2016
November 16, 2016
8:00 Hour - Becky Warren
My guest this week on the Americana Music Show is Becky Warren. She has emerged from the crowded Nashville music scene with her debut album called War Surplus and everyone’s taking notice of it because of its gritty realistic songwriting. Lots of folks are comparing her to Lucinda Williams and I figured we need to find out more about her.
November 2, 2016
8:00 Hour - Owen Campbell
My guest tonight on the Americana Music Show is Owen Campbell. He’s just released his fifth album called Breathing Bullets which has a rock & roll by way of New Orleans vibe going for it. He hails from Canberra, Australia, but he’s currently in the States so I jumped at the chance to have him on the show.
October 26, 2016
Cris Jacobs writes songs that range from late-night rock & roll to mournful twang, to downright funky and they alway draw you in with their immediacy and raw, gritty view of life. He's been building a strong reputation as a songwriter's songwriter and has just released his second album, Dust To Gold. He's going to be my guest during the 7:00 hour of the show to talk about his evolution as a songwriter and the touring life
October 5, 2016
8:00 Hour - The Walcotts
The Walcotts are an amazingly big band. 9 members in all. Two singers, a two piece horn section, a fiddle player, a pedal steel player, a piano player, bass player and drummer. The name of the band comes from The Band's "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show," a 1970 tune that paid tribute to the traveling medicine shows of Levon Helm's youth, which is one of their touch points and inspirations along with Little Feat and Bruce Springsteen. But how do they do that. How does a band like that ever get a song written? Tom Cusimano and Laura Marion are the co-lead singers in The Walcotts and they will be my guest during the 8:00 hour of the show to talk about the ginormous band how they manage all those personalities and to play tracks from their album, Let The Devil Win.
September 28, 2016
8:00 hour - Arty Hill
Arty Hill is one of my favorite honky tonkers and all the DJs I know and hang out with get real excited when they hear there's a new Arty Hill record on the way. Well, not only has he released a new album, it's his first live album and it's a fun one. Arty is going to be y guest to play tracks and tell us about the his secret songwriting sauce that gets us DJs on board every time.
September 14, 2016
7:00pm Hour - Karen Jonas
Ever since her band The Parlor Soldiers, I've been impressed with Karen Jonas' wry insights into everyday life. She has a knack for finding those turns of phrase that make you say to yourself, "that's so true!" Now on her own, first with Oklahoma Lottery and now with her new album Country Songs, she's come into her own with an ear for the sounds and feel of country music and so it's an apt album title. Now, she says, she finally gets what country music is all about too and you will too after listening to this collection of songs. I'm excited to announce that she's my guest during the 7:00 hour of this week's show.
8:00pm Hour - Eli Paperboy Reed
Eli Paperboy Reed has spending the past few years knocking around Harlem, teaching at-risk youth how to sing gospel music and leading them in street corner concerts. The gospel music he was teaching them was more bluesy, guitar driven, and raw. Stuff like The Soul Stirrers and the Dixie Hummingbirds. This real-world soul music experiences from this time were the genesis of Eli Paperboy Reeds, latest album, My Way Home and he will be my guest during the 8:00 hour of the show.
August 31, 2016
4:00pm Hour - Michael Rank
I've always said that no one does that late-night achey rock 'n roll thing better than Michael Rank and his past few albums have been evolving into a unique down-tempo sound that emphasizes the emotive side of twang. His latest album is Red Hand and he again works with Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah on vocals to cook up these old school folk music harmonies that will take you back to the 70s. Michael Rank will be my guest during a special drive-time edition of the Americana Music Show during the 4pm hour on August 31.
7:00 Hour - Shake Russell & Michael Hearne
I have two guests on the show during the 7:00 hour tonight. They are both truly original songwriters who have been writing and performing songs in Texas and the desert southwest so long they’ve seen all the trends come and go three or four times already and they still keep their music fresh and original. First we have Michael Hearne, who hails from New Mexico and is a fixture of the mountain arts scene up there and we also have Texas Troubadour, Shake Russell. They have a new collaborative album out together called Only As Strong As Your Dreams our on Howlin' Dog Records.
8:00 Hour - Chatham County Line
Chatham County Line is one of my favorite bluegrass bands, and not just because I actually live about a quarter mile from the Chatham county line! They are very true to old school bluegrass sounds and forms while keeping it interesting and fresh for modern ears. Dave Wilson from Chatham County Line will be my guest to talk about their much anticipated album Autumn.
9:00 Hour - Seth Walker
Seth Walker's much anticipate album will be released on September 2 and he has graciously agreed to give us a sneak peek at the record on the live edition of the show on August 31. The guy has immersed himself in southern music of all sorts and has melded it altogether into one of the most sweeping albums I've heard in a while. It was produced by Jano Rixx, of Wood Brothers fame, so you know the emphasis is on the music and you know there's always going to be a little bit of a twist in the sound. Come listen and hear who and what this North Carolina boy has put together in his new album, Gotta Get Back.
Attention Locals! Set Walker will be playing the back room at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on September 14! Will be a great show! Get tix.
August 17, 2016
9:00 Hour - Moreland & Arbuckle
Moreland & Arbuckle are a band out of the Wichita Kansas are that plays “gritty blues and roots rock from the heartland.” There's an unrelenting punkish drive in their sound but they are clearly influenced by Delta and Mississippi Hill Country blues. Their Promised Land Or Bust album is one of my favorites from this year and I keep coming back to it over and over again.
August 3, 2016
8:00 hour - Boo Ray
Boo Ray is one of my favorite country rockers. I always say the Americana Music Show features hand-picked, road-tested american music and Boo Ray’s latest album is a perfect example of it. The album is called Sea Of Lights and it’s just come out.
9:00 hour - Ben Todd of Lonesome Shack
When you first listen to Lonesome Shack's brand of lo-fi blues, it seems like it's pretty straightforward North Mississippi Blues. But the more you listen to it, well, you kinda think these guys might have spent a little too much time in the wilderness or something. There's something that's just a little bit off, a little bit troublesome, a little bit interesting in everything they do. Front man Ben Todd will be my guest during the 9:00 hour to share tracks from Lonesome Shack's latest album, The Switcher.
July 27, 2016
8:00 hour - Blake Christiana of Yarn
If Yarn were a football team, people would be saying that they are coming out of a "rebuilding year." The band's been going through a lot of life changes, relocations, identity crises, etc etc But Yarn has released a new album called This Is The Year and I think they might be right. The songwriting is as strong as ever and the good vibes are as good natured as they ever have been. Front man Blake Christiana is going to be my guest during the 8:00 hour of the show to talk about the band's recent challenges and to play tracks from This Is The Year.
July 13, 2016
8:00 hour - Hayes Carll - Cancelled
Sorry folks. There was a miscommunication between the PR person and me. Hayes Carll is not available after all. Good news is we are still working on finding a time for an interview. Thanks
9:00 hour - Joe Evans of Left Lane Cruiser
No one does that punk-inspired, heavy, fuzzy, blues better than Left Lane Cruiser. They were born for driving fast and the music show it. Their latest album is mysteriously titled "Beck In Black." Joe Evans is going to be my guest on the show to tell the story behind the album title and play tracks from the album.
July 6, 2016
8:00 Hour - Town Mountain
Jesse Langlais from Town Mountain will be my guest to play tracks from the band's Southern Crescent album. They are pretty much the band that sold me on bluegrass music. And they will win you over too.
9:00 Hour - Bill Mallonee
Paste Music Magazine, in a poll conducted by both writers and artists, listed Bill Mallonee as 65 in their "100 Greatest Living Songwriters Poll." "At the end of the day, it's about the story living under your own skin. In my work, I've just tried to chase that story down and put something of a frame around it for a spell." His songs are always engaging and he's just released a down tempo album called Slow Trauma which is turning a lot of heads.
June 29, 2016 - The Milagro Saints
The Milagro Saints are a thoroughly original folk-rock band from Raleigh. They are full of americana riffs, string band vibes, and Woody Guthrie-esque themes. They will be joining me in the studio live to play tracks from their latest album, Stranger Times.
June 22, 2016 - Noah Alexander of The Plott Hounds
No one is doing better southern rock these days than the Plott Hounds. Their latest album is called Thirsty For Something and front man Noah Alexander is going to be my guest during the 8:00 hour of the show to play tracks from the CD and tell us stories about the band.
June 1, 2016 - Mike Eldred
Mike Eldred's blues come quite literally from the source. His latest album Baptist Town, has a track "Somebody Been Runnin'" which is about the final days of Robert Johnson's "deal with the devil" in Greenwood Mississippi. And the whole album was recorded in the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. As you might expect the sound is as southern as sweet tea. But the whole thing is infused with a tough as nails rock & roll vibe, which keeps it from descending into a sappy delta blues thing. Mike Eldred will be my guest during the 8:00 hour of the show to play tracks from Baptist Town and talk about the roots of his music.
May 18, 2016 Amanda Anne Platt of The Honeycutters
Amanda Anne Platt, lead singer/songwriter for the Honeycutters, is a master songwriter, not because she finds unusual metaphors, creates cute wordplay, or buries deep psychological meaning in her lyrics, but because her songs are so effortlessly conversational. She's like that old friend at the bar who sidles up to you real close, in your personal space, and grabs your forearm to get your attention because she really really wants to make sure you get what she's telling you. Her songs command attention because they are so darn human you believe them. Amanda is going to be my guest during the 7:00 hour of the show to give us a sneak peek at her upcoming album, On The Ropes.
May 11, 2016
7:00pm Beth Lee
Beth Lee & The Breakups is one of my favorite rock & roll bands. Their sound is very retro roots rock but at the same time, Beth has a very modern edgy angst in her vibe that's very appealing. I don't know how she does it. She's got a new album coming out called Keep Your Mouth Shut and she will be my guest during the 7:00 hour of the show to talk about the new album and to play tracks from it.
8:00pm Tony Joe White
It's not every night you get to talk to a legend in the music business. But Tony Joe White is a legend in the world of music, both as a blues man and as the guy who pretty much singlehandedly created swamp rock. Five decades into his career as songwriter, he is at the top of his game. He's got a new album coming out on May 27th and Tony Joe has agreed to give us a sneak peek at three of the songs on the album!
May 3, 2016 - Andy Ferrell & Wild Ponies
Andy Ferrell is an up and coming roots music singer who is taking the Blue Ridge music scene by storm and I'm excited to share his music with the world. We'll be talking about how he got his start and playing tracks from his debut album, At Home And In Nashville.
I'm super excited to have Doug and Telisha Williams aka Wild Ponies back on the show to give us a sneak peek at their upcoming new album, Radiant. I got a lot of mileage out of their last album and I can't wait to share their new one with you.
April 27, 2016 - Lydia Loveless
Lydia Loveless and Gorman Bechard will be my guests during the 8:00 hour of the show. to talk about the Who Is Lydia Loveless? documentary and play some or Lydia's awesome rock & roll.
Playlist (TBA Wed 7pm EDT)
April 20, 2016 WHUP Begathon Show! 7-10pm EDT
I've got lots planned for this week's WHUP Begathon Show so you don't want to miss it!
I will be giving away a pair of one-day passes to Merlefest 2016! Here's how it will work. Everyone who donates at least $10 to WHUP during the live Americana Music Show will be entered into a random drawing to win the passes. Visit the donation page online to make a donation. Remember, only donations that come in during the live show on Wednesday April 20, from 7-10pm will be eligible for the drawing.
My special guest this week will be Jonathan Lee. He is the Guitartown events coordinator and music editor at CandidSlice.com. He is also one of the most knowledgeable guys I know about the local roots music scene and we will be devoting our show to both Melefest bands and local bands. So it's going to be a lot of fun to chew the fat with Jonathan about the local bands.
April 6, 2016 - Aubrie Sellers and Matt Patershuk
Two great interviews queued up for this week!
Playlist (TBA April 6 2, 7pm),
8:00 hour Aubrie Sellers
Aubrie Sellers will be my guest during the 8:00 hour of the Americana Music Show this week. I've been enjoying her New City Blues album a lot and I know you will too. So tune in to hear an interview with her and tracks from her new album.
9:00 Hour - Matt Patershuk
Matt Patershuk hails from the wild prairies of Canada and the rough and tumble landscape has beaten a no-nonsense vibe in his music. As his bio says, "he wouldn't waste your time singing about things that don't matter."
But his ;latest album, I Was So Fond Of You also has that finally-able-to-rest feel to them. The songs are relaxed, unhurried, and unpretentious, full of just the right harmonies at just the right moments. This is back porch music at its finest.
March 23, 2016 - Corin Raymond
March 16, 2016 - Eric Ambel
Eric Ambel is one of the most influential guys in roots rock today, working as a producer, studio musician, and a helluva rock & roller. He's just released a vinyl-only album called Lakeside and he will be joining me on the show during the 8pm hour to share tracks from it and his many stories from the road.
March 9, 2016 - Beverly "Guitar" Watkins
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins has been playing blues guitar longer than most of us have been alive and her blistering, aggressive guitar licks will leave you slack-jawed! I'm proud to announce she will be my guest during the 8pm Hour of the show.
February 24, 2016 - R.B. Stone
Blues man R.B. Stone will be my guest during the 8:00 hour of the show to play tracks from his down and dirty album, Some Call It Freedomn [Some Call It The Blues].
February 17, 2016
Playlist (TBA on Feb 17, 2016 at 7pm)
No interview guest tonight, but I've got new music from Jon Shain, The Waco Brothers, and the James Hunter Six queued up for you!
February 10, 2016
Phil Cook has released one of the most feel-goodest albums I've listened to in a good long while, Southland Mission. He'll be my interview guest and we're gonna talk about his unique angle on southern music.
Playlist (TBA Feb 10, 7pm EST)
February 3, 2016 - Julie Rhodes
Julie Rhodes is going to be my interview guest this week during the 9:00 hour of the show. She's an up-and-coming blues singer and her gutsy vocals will mesmerize you!
Show playlist (TBA Feb 3, 7pm)
January 27, 2016 Phil Cook - cancelled
January 20, 2016.
No interview guest this week, but here's the playlist.
January 13, 2016 - Shinyribs
Show playlist. (TBA on January 13, 2016 @ 4pm EST)
Shinyribs (aka Kevin Russell) will be my interview guest to talk about life in Austin post-Gourds and to play tracks from his good 'n greasy album, Okra Candy.
January 6, 2016 - Clark Paterson
If Clark Paterson is not on your radar screen, he should be. He's a very strong songwriter and he has a unique country rock sound. I've been enjoying his latest album, The Final Tradition, a lot. He will be my interview guest during the 8:00 hour of the show.
December 30, 2015
Playlist and listen live link. (TBA Wednesday December 30, 4:00pm)
This week I'll be counting down the Americana Music Show Best of 2015. I'll be playing tracks from each of the 50 albums on the Best of 2015 list from #50 all the way to #1. Listen online at the WHUP web site.
December 23, 2015
This week I'll be joined by Dave Brociner and Palu Alirangues from the Sunday Ramble to have round table discussion about the best of 2015.
December 16th, 2015
Nigel Hall will be my interview guest to play tracks from his debut R&B/soul album Ladies & Gentlemen... Nigel Hall and to talk about his career in music and the sound he's going for on the album.
December 9, 2015
Edward David Anderson will be my interview guest tonight to talk about life in Lower Alabama and to play tracks from his latest album, Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions
December 2, 2015
I'm happy to announce that I have just confirmed one of Canada's premiere country singers for an interview on the live editions of the show. Lori Yates will be joining me to talk about her storied career and to play tracks from her latest album, Sweetheart Of The Valley.