Country Music

The State of Things
10:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Musician Jon Langford: Blending Punk With Country

Drone Operator album art
Jon Langford

Welsh musician Jon Langford is best known for his time with the British punk band, The Mekons. But Langford’s work is also deeply influenced by American country singers like Johnny Cash. Langford's new album, "Here Be Monsters", blends those interests. He'll be performing at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh on April 25th at 8 p.m. Host Frank Stasio talks with Jon Lanford and we get a taste of the new album. 

The State of Things
9:52 am
Tue March 25, 2014

New Songs With Old Roots

Bruce Piephoff's new album is Soft Soap Purrings

Bruce Piephoff talks about his new album and performs live with dobro player Aaron Ballance


Bruce Piephoff's music draws inspiration from the Appalachian tradition of story and character-centered songs. The poet, guitarist and singer released a new album, "Soft Soap Purrings" earlier this year. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray: Her New Album Is A Little Bit Country, And A Lot North Carolina

Amy Ray, art from her new album
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Amy Ray is likely best known as a member of the duo the Indigo Girls. She has a solo career as well and this week the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter released her first country record.  It's called "Goodnight Tender" and it has tons of North Carolina connections. It was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville.  There are local musicians involved, like the brothers from Megafaun.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Ricky Skaggs On His Kentucky Mountain Origins

Ricky Skaggs
Credit / Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs On His Kentucky Mountain Origins

Ricky Skaggs was just five years old when he first got his hands on a mandolin. Many boys in small town Kentucky were playing the guitar or the fiddle, but not the mandolin. With a rich and varied career in bluegrass and country, Skaggs is known for that masterful mandolin sound. 

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The State of Things
2:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Music Fridays: The Erin Nenni Band

Erin Nenni Band CD
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Singer-songwriter Erin Nenni and guitarist Scotty Miller performed as an acoustic duo until late last year when they decided to form the Erin Nenni Band. They play tomorrow night at The Pour House in Raleigh, but first they talk with host Frank Stasio and perform live in studio.

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