State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Bull City Soul Revival

Long before Durham, NC boasted a vibrant indie music scene, the Bull City was home to a thriving soul music community. In the 1960s and 1970s, Durham musicians combined blues, R&B, and gospel styles to help create and foster a unique new sound. Bull City Soul Revival is a collaborative effort of musicians, scholars, and Durhamites to stage a comeback of soul music.

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State of Things
10:40 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Legacy of Joe Thompson

Fiddler Joe Thompson of Alamance County, NC

Joe Thompson was a legendary fiddler, teacher and cultural icon. He passed away earlier this year after bringing new life to old-time string band music for many decades.

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State of Things
11:07 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Composer Stephen Jaffe Honored

When Stephen Jaffe was a child, his parents forbade him and his siblings from pursuing a career in music. Now all three are professional musicians, and Jaffe is being inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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State of Things
12:20 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Make Your Own Danger

Alina Simone

The life of indie musician Alina Simone has been anything but ordinary. After releasing an album sung entirely in Russian and attending a male strip show in Siberia, she is now breaking new territory as an author. Simone’s debut book, “You Must Go and Win,” is a collection of essays that chronicles her bizarre adventures through the music world. She’s also released a new CD called “Make Your Own Danger,” which was influenced by her time in North Carolina.

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Arts & Culture
10:33 am
Fri July 22, 2011

A Conversation with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

Beyonce is up at the top of the pop music charts this summer. The fact that she's in the top 10 again is no surprise, but what is surprising is that a record from Bon Iver is near the top of the charts. The band is the latest project by former Raleigh resident Justin Vernon. He's coming back to the Triangle next week to play the Raleigh Amphitheater.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Raleigh Plans Benefit Concert

Raleigh will host a benefit concert for tornado victims. The city hopes to raise money to give to charities, including the Salvation Army and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  

The “Rise Up Raleigh concert” will include 11 bands and take place at the Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater - just 200 yards north of a spot where one of the tornadoes touched down.

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

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


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.