Archive for the ‘Musician’ Category

Songs For Sixty-Five Roses

Friday, March 31st, 2006

When Chapel Hill musician and producer John Plymale learned his daughter had cystic fibrosis, he wanted a way to draw attention to the disease. The result is a veritable jukebox of songs from the Tar Heel music scene in the 80’s and 90’s. Host Frank Stasio talks with John Plymale about the benefit CD “Songs for Sixty-Five Roses.” Musicians Claire Holley, John Howie and Greg Humphreys perform live versions of the songs they recorded. (17:30)

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John Jorgensen Quintet

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

He’s a Southern California boy with a taste for gypsy jazz and the golden guitar touch – not to mention a favorite studio recording artist of Elton John and The Byrds. John Jorgenson joins Frank Stasio in the studio to pick a little gypsy jazz and to tell a few stories about the folks he’s met along the way. Guests include: John Jorgenson, of the John Jorgenson Quintet; and Gonzalo Bergara, rhythm guitarist in the John Jorgenson Quintet. (17:30)

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Kenny Roby

Friday, March 24th, 2006

He’s been labeled a roots rocker and critics have likened his songs to those of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But Kenny Roby, one-time leader of the Raleigh band Six String Drag, says his music is just as much a reflection of his love of punkers like the Clash and Bad Brains. And he points to his latest release “The Mercy Filter” as an example. Kenny Roby and guitarist Scott McCall play a few songs from the album and chat with host Frank Stasio. (17:30)

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The Old Ceremony

Friday, February 10th, 2006

The Old Ceremony: Django Haskins lived in China and New York before he came to make music in North Carolina. Formerly with the band International Orange, Haskins’ new musical collaboration is The Old Ceremony. The band performs Saturday night in Chapel Hill, and a few band members stop into the studio for a conversation and live performance. Frank Stasio talks with Haskins, violinist Gabriele Pelli, and bass player Matt Brandau. (17:30 ) (CP)

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Hip Hop Summit

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Hip Hop’s humble beginnings have snowballed into mainstream media access, sparking trends in pop music, fashion and culture. But has this mainstream success led rap artists to forget the power of their hip hop pen? Are messages of misogyny and materialism overshadowing messages of social unrest and political speech? Durham artist 9th Wonder is heading up a Hip Hop Summit at North Carolina Central University in an effort to remind would-be-artists and insatiable consumers about the responsibility rap artists have to spread the right kinds of messages. On the next State of Things, to bling or not to bling … what’s a modern day rapper to do? Host Frank Stasio speaks with Durham artist 9th Wonder, of the group Little Brother; and Mark Anthony Neal, associate professor of black popular culture at Duke University. (59:00)

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