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Original music from Western North Carolina musicians, including live performances, studio and remote recordings with interviews, buskers, and anything else I can think of. But the best part is you can listen to it wherever you are.

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Original music from Western North Carolina musicians, including live performances, studio and remote recordings with interviews, buskers, and anything else I can think of. But the best part is you can listen to it wherever you are.

    Ep 134 Jesse Frizsell Returns part 1

    Ep 134 Jesse Frizsell Returns part 1

    Jesse Frizsell joins the podcast this week to talk about his new album, singing on top of pianos, hiding his harmonies from public display, and how to spell his name. (Z before S as in buzzsaw and zest)
     
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    https://jessefrizsell.hearnow.com/back-to-carolina
    https://www.instagram.com/jessefrizsell/
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    https://www.facebook.com/JesseFrizsell
     
    Find Agee Wilso here
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3VX4haMR559f8Xc4hYBBCZ
    https://www.instagram.com/ageewilso/?hl=en
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4ap5A6CaDFL-7cmwmUWbgg
     
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    Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, guitarist and songwriter Jesse Frizsell seamlessly combines aspects of modern and classic country. Born in Asheville, NC, Jesse grew up learning and playing his favorite tunes by classic artists. By the age of 16, he was playing in various local bands. Frizsell has performed at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam both with his band and more recently as a solo artist. He has opened for acts such as Bret Michaels (of Poison), Blackberry Smoke, Framing Hanley and shared the stage with Kevin Kinney (of Drivin’ N Cryin’) as well as Justin Biltonen (of 3 Doors Down). More recently, Jesse writes songs for the heartbroken, the working man and those ready and willing to unwind after a long day. He participates actively in the local Asheville music scene and regionally in the Southeast. You can find him most weekends playing as a member of The Western Carolina Writers, solo or with his bluegrass trio, Jesse Frizsell and the Riffers. Jesse has released a two song EP, “A Couple of Songs for Drinking”,in 2018, and a full length album “Rose Gold Renegades”, in 2019, both available for streaming or download on all major platforms. His latest endeavor takes a more traditional approach honoring the music of the mountains he grew up in. “Back to Carolina”, his homage to bluegrass will be available everywhere the 1st of October, 2021
     
    Combining blues and folk influences with a raspy undertone of high falsetto notes, Agee Wilso seeks to push the boundaries of musical understanding. He is a native of the Appalachian Mountains and often finds inspiration in the landscapes nearby to accompany his lyrical ideas.

    • 48 min
    Ep 133 Blake Hornsby Pt 1

    Ep 133 Blake Hornsby Pt 1

    Blake Hornsby stops by the podcast to discuss his unique blend of music, his varied influences, and his present and upcoming projects.
     
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    https://blakehornsby.bandcamp.com/album/dogwood-dance
    https://www.facebook.com/faroutgroovybro
    https://www.instagram.com/hornsbyba
     
    Find Unaka Prong here-
    Website: www.unakaprong.com
    IG: www.instagram.com/unakaprong
    FB: www.facebook.com/unakaprong
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0EQGphxo7rc5OwVa9jW9jM
    Bandcamp: www.unakaprong.bandcamp.com
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/frI83XKAB08
     
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    Blake Hornsby is a psychedelic folk musician born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, currently based out of Boone, North Carolina. Hornsby's work is influenced by psychedelia, folk, eastern music, American primitivism, avant-garde, and sound healing. He recorded his first original music in the summer of 2015 on his laptop. This demo incorporated acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, synthesizers, vocals, and samples. In Autumn of 2016, Hornsby released his first album Solipsism & the Nectar of the Gods. This album included reworked versions of songs from his demo as well as new material. In 2018, Hornsby released Legend of the Unconscious Enigma as a follow up to his previous album. In contrast to his debut, he transitioned to a more organic sound without the use of synthesizers and electric guitar. He began experimenting with acoustic guitar in open tunings as well as more complex overdubs.  In the Spring of 2019, Hornsby went on a solo trip to northern India. He purchased a guitar in Delhi and began writing new material in the Himalayas. When he returned to the United States, he perfected these songs and composed the remainder of the material on what would become Teetering on the Edge of the Void.  Teetering On the Edge of the Void was Hornsby's first professional album. It was recorded in late 2019 to analog tape in a studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The result was a psychedelic world folk album tinged with heavy Indian influence and orchestrated segments. Released in June, 2020, this acclaimed album was his most ambitious to date. It became the final album in his conceptual trilogy and was self released on vinyl. Less than a year later, Hornsby released his first professional instrumental album. Dogwood Dance was recorded in Asheville, NC and exemplifies his advanced guitar style that has been compared to artists akin to John Fahey. The Australian record label Ramble Records funded its release on vinyl. Both of his most recent albums have gained attention worldwide and have been positively reviewed on blogs, as well as airplay.
     
    Meeting in Boone, North Carolina, Unaka Prong borrows their name from a mountain range in western North Carolina. With their fourth and newest release, Kudzu, Unaka Prong continues to produce their unique blend of instrumental jazz fusion and alternative rock. Now based in Durham, NC, they've played across the southeast over the last few years, supporting bands like TAUK, Moon Taxi, and Dumpstaphunk.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Modern Strangers Bonus Episode!

    Modern Strangers Bonus Episode!

    It's the bonus episode with Modern Strangers. The guys answer fan questions and find out a little bit about each other and themselves. Too much, really.


    Main episode here https://www.wncoriginalmusic.com/e/ep-132-modern-strangers-pt-3/
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    Stream Modern Strangers's new album here
    Modern Strangers - Dangerous Fiction on Spotify
     
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    http://www.modernstrangers.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/modernstrangersavl/
    YouTube Channel
    https://modernstrangers.bandcamp.com/
    Spotify
     

    Follow the guy's other projects -
    Pronounced Heroes
    https://www.facebook.com/pronouncedheroes
    https://www.instagram.com/pronouncedheroes
     
    The Deathbots
    https://thedeathbots.bandcamp.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/thedeathbots
     
    Bangers and Mash
    https://m.facebook.com/bangersandmashavl/
     
    Rocky Horror Music Show
    https://www.facebook.com/RockyHorrorMusicShow/

     
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    All music used by permission
     
    "There are few groups on the local scene that would classify as pop bands. Modern Strangers is among that elite camp. With catchy melodies and an infectious energy, they create a sound that feels as if it comes from another era" - Mountain Xpress (09/09/2017)
    “ There isn’t enough pop music in Asheville, but Modern Strangers are helping to change that” - Ashvegas (Caleb Calhoun 3/22/2018)
    “You Guys are a gnarly party band!!” (Quinn Powers 06/02/2019)

    Modern Strangers is an Asheville-based band playing high-energy, toe-tapping, and melodic rock music! A 4-piece combo of journeymen musicians, they take their varied influences and form them into a JanglePop juggernaut with a mountain twist. Hard to pin down their sound, they've heard comparisons from The Beatles to The Pixies to early REM to Elvis Costello to The Kinks. Catchy songs, vocal harmonies and just the right amount of edge make these guys a fun night whether they're playing originals or quirky covers.
     

    • 35 min
    Ep 132 Modern Strangers pt 3

    Ep 132 Modern Strangers pt 3

    Modern Strangers discuss their music, their scholastic histories, their favorite local bands, frets, thumbs, Kate, a bunch of other people, Kate again, royalties, and lots and lots of other stuff.
     
    As long as this episode is, there's also a bonus episode! So make sure to listen to that as well.
    https://www.wncoriginalmusic.com/e/modern-strangers-bonus-episode/
     
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    Stream Modern Strangers's new album here
    Modern Strangers - Dangerous Fiction on Spotify
     
    Listen and follow Modern Strangers at these places
    http://www.modernstrangers.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/modernstrangersavl/
    YouTube Channel
    https://modernstrangers.bandcamp.com/
    Spotify
     
    Find Black Dead Billionaires here-
    deadbillionaires.bandcamp.com
    deadbillionaires.com
    www.Facebook.com/deadbillionaires
    www.Instagram.com/deadbillionaires
     https://youtu.be/D8uWDjhiw3Y
    Spotify
     
    Follow the guy's other projects -
    Pronounced Heroes
    https://www.facebook.com/pronouncedheroes
    https://www.instagram.com/pronouncedheroes
     
    The Deathbots
    https://thedeathbots.bandcamp.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/thedeathbots
     
    Bangers and Mash
    https://m.facebook.com/bangersandmashavl/
     
    Rocky Horror Music Show
    https://www.facebook.com/RockyHorrorMusicShow/
     
    Subscribe to the podcast -
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    Follow on Social Media
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    https://www.wncoriginalmusic.com
    https://www.instagram.com/wnc_original_music/
     
    All music used by permission
     
    "There are few groups on the local scene that would classify as pop bands. Modern Strangers is among that elite camp. With catchy melodies and an infectious energy, they create a sound that feels as if it comes from another era" - Mountain Xpress (09/09/2017)
    “ There isn’t enough pop music in Asheville, but Modern Strangers are helping to change that” - Ashvegas (Caleb Calhoun 3/22/2018)
    “You Guys are a gnarly party band!!” (Quinn Powers 06/02/2019)

    Modern Strangers is an Asheville-based band playing high-energy, toe-tapping, and melodic rock music! A 4-piece combo of journeymen musicians, they take their varied influences and form them into a JanglePop juggernaut with a mountain twist. Hard to pin down their sound, they've heard comparisons from The Beatles to The Pixies to early REM to Elvis Costello to The Kinks. Catchy songs, vocal harmonies and just the right amount of edge make these guys a fun night whether they're playing originals or quirky covers.
     
    Dead Billionaires are a ramshackle trio bent on scratching a primal itch -- empowering audiences through effervescent, driving rock n roll. 
     
    Formerly known as Little River Creek Police, Dead Billionaires started as the songwriting project of front man Warren Campbell in 2016 in Richmond Virginia. Settling into a power trio lineup with Nick Trbovich on bass and Hunter Rhodes on drums, the band wields music as a tool for grappling with the problems of our modern society, while having a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
     
    Their self-titled re-debut "Dead Billionaires EP" tackles themes of self-doubt, impermanence, and perseverance while capturing the frenetic and vibrant energy of their live set.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ep 131 Kristian Phillip Valentino

    Ep 131 Kristian Phillip Valentino

    Kristian Phillip Valentino joins the podcast to talk about his past and future releases.
     
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    https://kpvsongs.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/kristian.phillipvalentino/
    https://www.instagram.com/kpvsongs/
      
    Find Across the Sea here
    www.acrosstheseauk.com
    https://www.facebook.com/acrosstheseauk
    https://twitter.com/acrosstheseauk
    https://www.instagram.com/acrosstheseauk/
     
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    All music used by permission


     


    Kristian Phillip Valentino is a solo acoustic, singer-songwriter born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. His musical palette falls between the lines of indie folk, singer-songwriter and Americana. Fans of Gregory Alan Isakov, Iron and Wine and Jason Isbell, will feel comfortable here. His lyrics are a healing balm from the daily struggle as they wash over you with a deep reverence.


     


    After the passing of his father, ending up homeless and being broken up with all within one month, Kristian began writing songs in the summer of 2010, as a way to start processing all he'd been through and begin the healing process.


     


    From 2010 until 2016 Kristian went under the moniker Ramblin' Pan. This project was an Alt Country, Folk sound that was heavily influenced by Ryan Adams, Mumford and Sons, and Johnny Cash. He released 1 EP, "A Prodigals Tale" and 1 self titled LP under the moniker. He also went on several national tours in various coffee shops and venues across the USA. In the summer of 2016, Kristian decided to take a break from music after years of constant touring and some deeply traumatic family experiences.


     


    In 2019, Kristian had several life changes; including moving to Asheville,NC, getting married, and working through the healing process of the traumatic family events he experienced before his break in 2016.


     


    The new album is a concept record based on the 4 seasons Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The plot is a love story that starts in Spring and weaves through the other seasons leading to a breakup in the Winter. There are 12 songs, 3 for each season and Kristian is currently releasing 1 song a month for the next year starting in March 2021.


     


    Kristian wrote this album in 7 days, to process a relationship that had ended. Although it ends as a sad story, it's a story that will resonate with many others and hopefully can be a healing balm of hope. There are a lot of exciting things happening each month this year, so you don’t want to miss anything! Make sure to join the email list to follow along in the journey.


     


     


     


    After eighteen months of meticulous crafting, Across The Sea are set to unveil their much-anticipated second album The Wayfarer Triptych, scheduled for release on 1st October. A nine-track concept piece,  the album narrates an original story penned by the band themselves, marrying fantasy and folklore, fairytale and philosophy, to present a stirring tale of drama, adventure and mystery.


     


    An artistic Endeavour near-cinematic in its scope and ambition, The Wayfarer Triptych sees the genre-defying progressive duo push every aspect of their signature sound to the extreme in order to create an immense work of astonishing musicality, vivid storytelling, dizzying virtuosity, and staggering emotional resonance.


     


    Hailing from Worthing on the West Sussex coast in the south of England, Acro

    • 40 min
    Ep 130 The Get Right Band pt3

    Ep 130 The Get Right Band pt3

    The Get Right Band return to the podcast to discuss mix cassette order, making music videos, touring the Caribbean, and more.
     
    Photo courtesy of Tom Farr https://www.instagram.com/ringofarr/
     
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    https://thegetrightband.bandcamp.com/album/itchy-soul
    https://thegetrightband.com/
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    https://www.instagram.com/thegetrightband/
     
    Find Metrofern here
    https://www.youtube.com/metrofern
    https://www.facebook.com/metrofern/
    https://www.instagram.com/metrofern/?hl=en
    https://metrofern.org/
     
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    Follow on Social Media
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    All music used by permission
     
    THE GET RIGHT BAND is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). They are one of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, Home Grown Music Network’s 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and were voted “Best Progressive Band” in Western North Carolina by Mountain Xpress readers. They have performed on the famed World Cafe, a nationally syndicated NPR show, and have brought their unique sound to major festivals and venues such as FloydFest, The Orange Peel, Music City Roots TV Show, The Green Parrot, Arlene’s Grocery, and Riverbend Fest. Combining catchy, clever, honest  songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to move your head, heart, and hips.
     
    Metrofern is a self-produced and managed 6 piece funk band formed by members Sam Witz and Chesty Hall dedicated to the creation of bright, rhythmically driven funk music. Since their debut EP in 2019, they have blended elements of Jazz, Rock, Disco, and Folk with retro recording techniques to bring reminiscent styles to a modern context. Having emerged on the scene from IL, their name is a play on the Chicago city motto, "Urbs in Horto," or Garden in City. They released "Swingin' in the Afternoon" in the summer of 2020 to remind a locked-down world of the simple joys of life. 
     

    • 43 min

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4.7 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

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