In this episode of In Your Ear, we share the work of three accomplished Carolina acts who have all been featured on this program before. First up, we revisit the two Swiss-born brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger and their bassist New Yorker Joel Landsberg. The trio was completely taken with American mountain music and would move to western North Carolina to be closer to it and to new friends like Deep Gap’s legendary Doc Watson.
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We’ll spend our full hour with three gifted and creative young musicians who have established themselves as prominent players in the firmament of today’s Blu2grassers in Brooklyn community. Try to turn up the volume and turn down the distractions, and savor the tasteful musical gifts of guitarist Jordan Tice, acoustic bassist Paul Kowert and fiddler Brittany Haas.
In Your Ear presents some of the most striking and innovative sounds ever heard in Studio A from the New York based trio THIEFS. Not thieves…but THIEFS. As the group says, THIEFS is a grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization, and as you’ll hear, this acoustic/electronic amalgam is tough to put into words. With drums, bass, sax and vocals, THIEFS take us to places that are both noisy and dreamy. It’s quite a ride, so be prepared.
Rather than release yet another new album in 2012 , musical innovator and provocateur Beck Hanson decided to release only the sheet music in an elaborate and elegant package called The Song Reader, where he basically said if you want to hear this, you have to play it yourself.
Howard Levy is one of the most creative and innovative musicians on the planet. This multiple Grammy winner and harmonica master also knows his way around the 88’s. And his National resophonic guitarist partner Chris Sielbold is always in the right place at the right time. Sit back and experience a full hour of the artistry of Howard Levy and Chris Sielbold.
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.