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.

A conversation with and live performance by Houndmouth

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

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Craicdown plays live in the studio

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'.
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Live in studio music from Jeanne Jolly

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.

Local musicians The Guitar Heels pay tribute to 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

Host Frank Stasio talks with The Third Expression and they perform live

  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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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Musician Sings For Social Justice

Tokyo Rosenthal

Tokyo Rosenthal plays live on The State of Things

Tokyo Rosenthal is an Americana musician. And while Americana might be a traditional sort of music, Tokyo Rosenthal isn’t your traditional artist.

His sound combines rock, country and blues, and his songs revolve around issues of social justice. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his newest album, and Tokyo Rosenthal plays live in the studio.

The State of Things
11:23 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Gravy Boys Ladle Americana On Thick

The Gravy Boys at The Pourhouse
Credit / Christer Berg Photography

The Gravy Boys join host Frank Stasio for a spirited conversation and live performance

The Americana music of The Gravy Boys hit the scene about eight years ago. They’re now three albums in and expanding their acoustic sound. Their newest album is called Crackerjack Whistle, and they’ll be playing in Raleigh tomorrow night.

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Overmountain Men Blend History, Appalachian Music

'The Next Best Thing' is the second CD by Overmountain Men
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Music and conversation with David Childers from Overmountain Men

Musicians David Childers and Bob Crawford bonded over a shared love of Appalachian music and history. The result is the second CD from their band "The Overmountain Men." Crawford is also the bassist for the Avett Brothers, while Childers has had a long career with the Modern Don Juans.

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