Sara Watkins stopped by the WNKU studio with her brother Sean to play a few songs from her new album, Sun Midnight Sun. She is on tour currently in support of her second solo release after 20 years with Nickel Creek. Sara even did some work on John Mayer's new album, Born and Raised, released this May.
Scott Miller was kind enough to stop by WNKU's studio to play a few tunes. Though he left behind the rest of the Commonwealth, he managed to bring along a past member of the Commonwealth, Rayna Gellert. Miller and Gellert met at West Virginia's Mountain Stage last year, and have been friends and performing buddies ever since. Together they have a brand new EP entitled, "CoDEPENDENTS". It's a five-song collection of Miller's story-telling songwriting, polished with the talented musical abilities of Rayna Gellert.
Chuck Prophet stopped by WNKU's Studio to share some jams with Elaine Diehl. "The Man With the Sexy Voice" brought along wife, Stephanie Finch, to discuss Chuck's latest album, "Temple Beautiful". We were able to squeeze in a couple laughs with this care-free personality.
In case you missed it, the incredible Yonder Mountain String Band visited WNKU's Studio. Gary Keegan was able to squeeze in the ever-popular question, "You got hit by a car..?" Keegan also got in some other great questions with this fun, music-loving group of people and not to mention hear some great tunes.
Derek Trucks stopped by for a special visit with Gary Keegan On Thursday April 26th. Since the merge of the couple’s two bands, the album "Revelator" won its spot at number one on our Top 89 of 2011, voted every year by WNKU listeners. Though Derek was alone in WNKU’s studio, he sure is not alone on the brand new album.
Brooklyn-based indie folk rock duo Barnaby Bright, mix several unique instruments, including an African instrument in the tune, If I Came Back As a Song. The couple's lyrics are brilliantly clever and charming, and present themselves with such warmth, especially on stage together. It's apparent their connection fuels their music and perhaps much of its success.
Winners of the 2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band, The Pinstripes don’t merely play Ska and Reggae — they inhabit the sound like it’s a ramshackle house that’s keeping them alive. Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes (a hard-touring band with a hard-won following) combine Ska, Reggae, Dub and Soul to create something that’s genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: joy.