On this episode, we hear from a fearless neo-traditional quartet from the Carolina mountains, River Whyless--experimental, undefinable, completely original and cutting their own path through a crowded field of young indie-folk string bands. When the music is this thoughtful, this interesting, labels are impossible and irrelevant. With Ryan O’Keefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters and Daniel Shearin, we invite you to spend a thoughtful and riveting hour with River Whyless.
In Your Ear
Justin Kauflin was born in Silver Spring, Maryland but has spent most of his 29 years in Virginia Beach, with the love of music driving his life.
This program featured a duo that shares some fertile common ground. Jacob Groopman is a native Richmonder who now calls Richmond, California home and Melody Walker is from the bay area of San Francisco. From their west coast vantage point they’ve led the band Front Country to winning the prestigious Telluride and RockyGrass competitions. And Melody’s song “Black Grace” won the Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest a few years back.
Here at In Your Ear, we continue to marvel at the abundance of creative young, string bands based in North Carolina…making their own way through an enduring tradition.
The boy from Boston by way of Florida would become one of the most noted and beloved musicians ever to call Richmond home. Over his four decades of writing songs and sharing his commanding stage presence, Robbin Thompson made legions of fans including prominent players like Bruce Springsteen and Eagle Timothy B Schmit. Robbin fought a long and courageous battle with cancer that ended in the early morning of October 10, 2015.
His name is Warren Hood, born and raised in the all-American music town of Austin, Texas, son of a prominent bandleader and a product of that potent mix of influences. Enjoy a full hour with the Warren Hood Acoustic Trio, featuring Warren on fiddle and vocals, his cousin Marshall Hood on guitar and vocals, and lifelong pal Willie Pipkin, also on guitar.
We'll go on an exciting ride with banjo man and slide guitarist Tony Furtado with selected tracks from his Studio A appearance from March of 2009. Then we’ll enjoy an engaging set of songs from Tar Heel tunesmith Jeanne Jolly, accompanied by 8-string guitarist Chris Boerner.
Their technical ability, their timing, their remarkable musical maturity belie the tender years of Zeb and Samantha Snyder, a gifted and well rehearsed brother and sister from the hills of North Carolina. Along with their dad and mom Bud and Laine, and their charming kid brother Owen, they’re delighting audiences across the country…like ours. Coming up, we’ll devote the full hour this week to reliving part of their recent performance here in Richmond.
We get started with a charming singer songwriter who spent many formative years in Ireland but whose music reflects the wide influences of her time spent in other lands as well. We present a voice likened to honey poured into wine, Sarah McQuaid. Then we hear from two Londoners who’ve made the traditional fiddle tunes of County Sligo in Ireland their own--Kevin Burke and John Carty.
Enjoy artful arrangements of original material and choice Beatle covers at the hands of Boston’s Bee Eaters, comprised of Tashina Claridge on violin, brother Tristan Clarridge on cello, Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Crisman on hammer dulcimer. We turn back the clock and reopen our musical vault to enjoy some tracks we didn’t have time for the first time we put Anne (guitar) & Pete Sibley (guitar and clawhammer banjo) on the radio.