Listen: I know you've been here before. You've got work to do, but it's vacation time (or as in many people's cases, "stay-cation" time). What to do? Well, as many people do, you sort of do both. So, for this week's World Music Show (8/24), I'm going to attempt just that--enjoy my "stay-cation" while at the same time fulfilling my personal obligation to keep you informed as to what to expect this week.
We’ll start off with two members of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame for their roles in the groundbreaking band, the Country Gentlemen, influential banjo man Eddie Adcock and legendary bassist Tom Gray. Eddie and Tom were joined by Eddie’s wife and musical partner of nearly forty years, Martha Adcock, to bring the memories home. We’ll hear from world-class harp guitarist Stephen Bennett with his brother Jim on piano.
Wil Maring is a past Chris Austin songwriting winner at MerleFest. She is joined by past Winfield, Kansas-winning guitarist Robert Bowlin on guitar and fiddle for an enchanting evening in Studio A from November of 2009. Then we’ll enjoy meaty jazz fusion from Kip Williams’ Richmond-based super group BopNation.
He’s a son of the Jersey Shore and his winding musical road has run through Memphis, Greenwich Village, Austin and Nashville. His songs have been covered by luminaries including Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen and Vince Gill. His name is Greg Trooper. And two brothers from Switzerland who transitioned from the Alps to the Appalachians in search of the music that most resonated with them, the Kruger Brothers--along with Greg Trooper--are our featured artists for the next hour of In Your Ear.
Their name alone is compelling. When we think of a stray dog or cat, we picture a wayward, underfed, neglected creature that’s lost and looking for home or maybe never had one. But when you apply the adjective to a bird, the very symbol of freedom and purpose, you have a thought-provoking paradox that goes a long way in describing what musically motivates the Pennsylvania-based string trio, the Stray Birds.
From the blues, to bluegrass, and back--we’ll hear from North Carolina’s Harris Brothers with guest fiddler Nate Leath, beloved storyteller and bluegrass bandleader Ron Thomason and his Dry Branch Fire Squad, and two traveling bluesmen from the Windy City, Joe Felisko and Eric Noden--three short sets of great American music recorded before a live Richmond audience.