Americana

The State of Things
11:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Musical Craftsman

Chris Staples' newest album American Soft was released earlier this year on Barsuk Records (cover art).
Credit http://www.chrisstaplesmusic.com/

  

Singer-songwriter Chris Staples has spent much of his career as a backup musician for other artists. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Chapel Hill's Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg
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This was originally aired on  10/17/2014

Nick Vandenberg is a man of many talents. 

In the early 2000’s Nick ventured from his home in the Mid-Ohio Valley out to L.A. in hopes of writing scores for films, and guess what? It happened. He worked wrote music for indie flicks that have made their way to the Sundance Movie Festival and has even had his music featured on Nickelodeon. But, now the multi-instrumentalist is based in Chapel Hill and he’s working on his second album of folk/roots music. 

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Jason Isbell's 'Plea For Redemption' Brings Praise From Americana Music Lovers

Jason Isbell is coming to Durham to perform at DPAC.
Credit Michael Wilson / Jason Isbell

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Isbell has covered a lot of ground since leaving the Drive-By Truckers seven years ago. He's released several albums with his band The 400 Unit. He spent a lot of time on the road and last year put out his solo album Southeastern. Great reviews followed.

This fall, Isbell scooped up Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

A Chapel Hill Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg is a Chapel Hill musician (posing outside the Durham studios).
Credit Hady Mawajdeh (WUNC)

Nick Vandenberg  is a man of many talents. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Joe's Sailing On Dry Land

Joe Woodson prepares for the show.
Hady Mawajdeh

Joe Woodson and The Bean Trees have released a new album of Americana music that has an old-fashioned grounded by solid songwriting. 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Houndmouth's Folk Songs Tell Vivid Stories

Houndmouth's first album is From the Hills Below the City.
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The members of Houndmouth, an Americana quartet, grew up in the small town of New Albany, Indiana. Their music draws from their roots and combines folksy narratives with more rugged rock. 

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The State Of Things
10:51 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Craicdown Brings World Acousticana To Triangle

Craicdown
Credit Donn Young / http://www.craicdown.com/


The band Craicdown considers itself World Acousticana: a blend of world music and americana. Fitting then that "craic" means fun and "craicdown" means a good time. Musicians the world over gather for amusement and enjoyment, aspects craicdown embodies in name and melody. Host Frank Stasio talks with craicdown, and they play live in the studio.


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The State of Things
11:20 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Musician Jeanne Jolly Returns From National Tour

Cover of Jeanne Jolly's album 'Angels'.
Credit Celeste Young / Family Love Photography

Jeanne Jolly visited our studio a year ago in the early stages of working on her album, “Angels.” Now, she is back in the midst of a national tour promoting her album.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Local Musicians Honor Ry Cooder

The album cover for Boomer's Story by Ry Cooder.
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The State of Things
10:13 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Band Keeps Soul Alive Through Musical Expression

The Third Expression
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  The Third Expression is an interesting hodgepodge of genres -- jazz, roots music and country -- and they only hit the Durham scene about two years ago.

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