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The State of Things
11:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Local Musician Puts Out New Album With The Dead Tongues

Image from the album
Credit Alex Klaes & http://thedeadtongues.bandcamp.com/

Singer songwriter Ryan Gustafson plays a few songs live in our studio

After spending some time on instrumental projects, Triangle music scene fixture Ryan Gustafson decided it was time to write lyrics again.  His latest project is The Dead Tongues, which released an album earlier this year. 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Doc Watson Remembered Fondly As MerleFest Continues Without Him

David Holt took this photo of Doc Watson's final MerleFest performance in 2012. Watson died a month later.
Credit David Holt

If you’re searching for the who’s who among bluegrass, Americana, folk, and traditional country musicians, MerleFest is a good place to start. The annual four-day festival kicks off today in Wilkesboro, just as it has every April for the past 25 years. Headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Matraca Berg, and others. But this year for the first time, the festival will lack a performance from its founder, Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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Music
8:59 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Chris Stamey Sings The "Love Sick Blues"

'Lovesick Blues' by Chris Stamey
Credit www.chrisstamey.com

Chris Stamey has been a fixture on the local music scene for decades. He grew up with Mitch Easter and played with the likes of Alex Chilton, The Sneakers and the DBs. He's a sought after producer, and he even studied classical music and composition at UNC-Chapel Hill. But through it all, he's also been writing songs.

Chris Stamey has a new album of his own music out Wednesday called "Love Sick Blues."

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State of Things
10:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Greg Humphreys' Farewell Show

http://greghumphreys.blogspot.com/
Credit http://greghumphreys.blogspot.com/

Greg Humphreys has been a fixture on the Triangle's music scene for 20 years. He was part of influential bands of the 90s and 2000s — Dillon Fence and Hobex. And he most recently has performed as a solo artist on the forthcoming album "Bohemia." Greg is leaving North Carolina for New York City, but first he joins host Frank Stasio to look back on his career in the Triangle and perform live in the studio.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Pop-Up Music Club: Kevin Roughton

For more than 25 years, Kevin Roughton has made his living singing and playing guitar in the bars of North Carolina's Outer Banks
Credit Biff Jennings, copyright Shooters at the Beach

Last Saturday, we launched an experiment we’re calling WUNC’s Pop-Up Music Club. It’s a series made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council – a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Pop-Up Music Club: Tshombe Selby

David Schulman, Mother Creecy, Tshombe Selby, Barbara Garrity-Blake
Bryan Blake

This weekend and next, we’re trying something new here at WUNC. We’re calling it the Pop-Up Music Club. It’s a kind of mobile performance adventure, where we hit the road to hear from working North Carolina musicians — up-close and in their element.

We’ll hear them play impromptu gigs on their home turf. We’ll hear the stories they tell in church, and at the bar. And we’ll hear how the culture of the places they call home shapes their music.

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Arts & Culture
9:27 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Pop-Up Music Club: Tshombe Selby

Selby, Schulman, Garrity-Blake
Bryan Blake
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Arts & Culture
9:59 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Raleigh Native Tift Merritt Prepares For CD Release

Tift Merritt
tiftmerritt.com

Raleigh native Tift Merritt has been releasing albums for a decade now. In that time her songs have caught the ear of fellow musicians like EmmyLou Harris who says Tift stands out 'like a diamond in a coal patch'. She's spent time in Paris and New York City, where she lives now, but enjoys returning to the Triangle --a place she still calls home. It was here where the U-N-C creative writing student got her start singing with John Howie, Jr. and the Two-Dollar Pistols in the late 90s.

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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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State of Things
1:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

Brazil And Branford And Beyond: The Classical Side Of Branford Marsalis

Jazz artist Branford Marsalis
Credit courtesy of the artist

Saxophone master and Durham resident Branford Marsalis has never shied away from a challenge when it comes to tackling music.  The jazz legend's latest undertaking incorporates his sax into the classical music traditions of South America in a show called "Marsalis Brasilianos: Villa Lobos, Milhaud and the New Worlds of Brazilian Modernism."  

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