Music

The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

It's Called Ruby Red

The Cover of The Love Language's album, Ruby Red.
Credit Tim Lytvinenko / mergerecords.com

The Love Language plays live

They will be playing tonight at 9 p.m. at Cat's Cradle for their record release party.

Stuart McLamb, Jordan McLamb, Thomas Simpson, Eddie Sanchez, Andy Holmes and Autumn Ehinger join Frank Stasio in the studio today to discuss Ruby Red and The Love Language's upcoming performance.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Winston-Salem Musicians Mourn Death Of Faye Hunter

Faye Hunter was the bassist for 80's band Let's Active.
Credit Faye Hunter, Facebook

The Winston-Salem community mourns the loss of local musician Faye Hunter, who was found dead in on Saturday of an apparent suicide. She was 59 years old. Hunter was the bassist in the 80’s band Let’s Active, which was led by Mitch Easter. Yesterday on "Here & Now," host Jeremy Hobson interviewed Easter about his former bandmate.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Film Looks At Background Singers In Rock'n'Roll History

Backup singers in the age of Rock N' Roll.
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Morgan Neville, the director of '20 Feet From Stardom', joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the making of the film

When you find yourself singing along to your favorite rock'n'roll songs, you're probably not singing along with a front man like David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. You're probably singing along with their backup singers.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Greensboro Band Phive Releases Tribute Song To Nelson Mandela

Phive is a band based in Greensboro.
Credit Phive, Facebook

Greensboro band Phive has released a new single dedicated to Nelson Mandela. They made the announcement yesterday on Mandela Day, the birthday of the South African leader. Phive spoke with PRI's the World from WUNC's studios in Durham. You can listen to the interview here.

Here's the music video of their new song, "Madiba."

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The State of Things
10:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Young Band Spreads Its Musical Wings

The band Many Nights Ahead performs on The State of Things.
Credit http://www.manynightsahead.com/

Many Nights Ahead energize our studio with live music

Out of the Shenandoah Valley, Many Nights Ahead is a young 7-member bluegrass band looking to grow. Their music is influenced by the Shenandoah Valley and their backgrounds in genres such as blues and metal. 

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The State of Things
9:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Alice Gerrard Releases First All Original Album

Alice Gerrard is a staple of the Triangle music scene.
Credit Irene Young

Frank Stasio talks with Alice Gerrard about her album.

Alice Gerrard is a legend in the world of bluegrass, inspiring many musical greats, including The Judds. But it’s only on her latest production, “Bittersweet,” that she is releasing an entire album of all-original songs for the first time. Host Frank Stasio talks to Alice Gerrard in the studio, and she plays live.

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The State of Things
9:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NC Native Documents Life Of Levon Helm

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm screens at the Chelsea Theater.
Credit Kino Lorber

Frank Stasio talks about the Levon Helm film.

Levon Helm is best known for being the drummer in the music group, “The Band,” but he had a long career after they broke up. He even fought his way back into musical shape after quitting for a time due to throat cancer. He finally succumbed in 2012, but not before filmmaker Jacob Hatley had a chance to film a documentary, “Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm.”

Its Triangle premiere is at the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill on June 28.

The State of Things
9:28 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NC Symphony Takes On Science Fiction

An image of the Sombrero galaxy, created from composite photos of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Credit NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team.

Host Frank Stasio talks to the NC Symphony's Amy Russell and Amy Mason.

The full sound of symphony orchestras is a familiar accompaniment to science fiction spectacles like Star Trek and Star Wars. The North Carolina Symphony is celebrating the music of sci-fi in its Sci-Fi Spectacular tonight and tomorrow.  The concert is hosted by George Takei, “Mr. Sulu” of Star Trek fame.

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The State of Things
10:48 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Musical Insider Draws On Experience For Fiction

Bring Me Back is a new book by Karen Booth.
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Frank Stasio talks with Karen Booth about her book Bring Me Back.

Karen Booth spent years as an insider in the music industry before leaving behind the glitz. Her love for Duran Duran and other ‘80s groups spurred her to pursue her musical career. She draws upon her love and experience for her new novel “Bring Me Back” (Turquoise Morning Press/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to her in the studio.

The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bluegrass Band 'Town Mountain' on Tour

Town Mountain
Credit Jason Beverly / http://www.reverbnation.com/townmountain

Last year, Town Mountain released their album Leave the Bottle.  On WNCW’s “Top 100 of 2012” list, the  Asheville-based bluegrass band's album earned the #19 spot. 

Town Mountain is playing tonight in Raleigh at The Pour House Music Hall.  The band joins Frank Stasio today in the studio to tell us about themselves and play a few songs.

Listen to their song "Come Break My Heart."

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