Music

The State of Things
1:29 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Humble Tripe

Shawn Luby of Humble Tripe

Band members Shawn Luby, Jess Shell, and Stud Green join host Frank Stasio in the studio.

Durham-based band Humble Tripe is the musical project of Shawn Luby. After years spent playing classical guitar in competitions, Luby retired from the world of music at the age of 20. He moved from Kansas to North Carolina, working first at a nonprofit, then as a clinical lab scientist. Once he entered his 30s, his desire to play music returned and he formed Humble Tripe with his friends.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

The Music Of Wade Mainer

Wade Mainer

Wade Mainer, a banjo master and bluegrass legend, turns 104 today. Host Frank Stasio celebrates Mainer's life and legacy with Dick Spotswood, Sarah Bryan, and David Holt.

Just about every bluegrass musician has been directly or indirectly influenced by Wade Mainer. Mainer, a master of the banjo, taught himself to play his instrument of choice as a child and developed an innovative two-finger picking style. That style, combined with Mainer’s strong vocals earned him popularity as a performer and recording artist in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Arts & Culture
8:18 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Musical Spotlight: Robert Plant

Robert Plant
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Eric Hodge sat down with Plant to talk about the new album.

A rock n' roll legend, former lead singer of Led Zeppelin Robert Plant has stayed busy as of late. His latest release is called "Band of Joy" and his current tour brought him through Raleigh recently. WUNC's Eric Hodge sat down with Plant to talk about the new album. Click "Listen Now" to hear the interview.

Arts & Culture
5:20 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Music Spotlight: Abigail Washburn

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Abigail Washburn speaks with Eric Hodge.

Singer, songwriter, and banjo player Abigail Washburn is out with a new solo album called "City of Refuge." She plays at Berkeley Cafe in Raleigh tomorrow tonight and will be on A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday.

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu December 30, 2010

The Year In Music: Back Porch Style

Back Porch Music airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 pm on WUNC

Inspired by NPR's Year in Music series on Morning Edition, Eric Hodge quizzes WUNC's Back Porch Music hosts about some choice music selections and stories from this past year.

WUNC Morning Edition host Eric Hodge talks with Back Porch Music hosts Freddy Jenkins and Keith Weston about some memorable music events of 2010.  Inspired by NPR's year-end music series.

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Music Spotlight: Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle
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Hear the interview with Justin Townes Earle.

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle has forged a sound that harkens back to another era. His albums are crisp and his live performances inspired. The latest album, "Harlem River Blues" is something of a love letter to New York City. WUNC's Eric Hodge sat down with Justin Townes Earle before he played Cat's Cradle Monday, December 13th, 2010.

Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Chaka Khan! Chaka Khan!

Chaka Khan

Leoneda Inge remembers dancing in her bell-bottoms and tube-top to Rufus and Chaka Khan back in the 1970s. She has this report.

Chaka Khan! Chaka Khan! It’s a name that just rolls off your tongue.  The famous R & B and “funk” superstar has a voice that has mesmerized fans for decades with its range and flexibility.  And who can forget the feathers and the hair!   Chaka Khan takes the stage in Durham this weekend.

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The State of Things
3:42 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Don de Leaumont Plays Live In Studio

Don de Leaumont
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Singer-songwriter Don de Leaumont’s music is part storytelling, part folksy warmth and insight. In October, he released his fifth solo album, called “Planes, Trains, Crickets and Central Air.” Now a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Don returns to his longtime home of Chapel Hill for a gig at The Cave.

He joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to play some tunes and discuss how he broke his heavy metal addiction.

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The State of Things
5:30 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Russian Duo: Testing The Limits Of Russian Folk Music

Russian Duo: Terry Boyarsky & Oleg Kruglyakov
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The balalaika is a traditional Russian instrument with three strings and a triangular body. Oleg Kruglyakov, a native of Omsk City, Siberia, has been playing the balalaika since he was seven years old. Now, he's devoted to educating other cultures about Russian folk music and testing the limits of his instrument by teaming up with pianist Terry Boyarsky.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Joe Thompson At 90

Joe Thompson
David Persoff

Legendary North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson turns 90-years-old today. He is widely recognized as being the last living link to a time when African American String Bands played for square dances nearly every weekend around here. Thompson's toured the world with his music and is still playing, but now mostly, at home with friends and neighbors.

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