Working at WHQR (my top station, if there be doubts) as the webmaster, I think a lot about radio, and what makes good radio. There are some generally agreed upon production standards that can help programs sound good or bad. There are basic problems, like that one dj who always plays with the zipper of his jacket on-air so you can't think about the weather advisory he's reading. All you hear is zzzzzzip zzzzzip zzzzzip. Beyond basic sound issues like that, though, it starts to get wishy-washy, creative, and cool.
Beginning as an acoustic duo over a decade ago, Mac & Juice now travel the countryside as a quartet (acoustic and electric), playing original music described as “a broad-spectrum, rock & roll mosaic” with a vast stylistic range. Their latest release, Step Into The Light, is a mélange of genres that runs the gamut – from Stevie Wonder to Merle Haggard, with hook-laden songwriting and elements of bluegrass, jazz and Americana throughout. Every show is a surprise, and this episode of Soup To Nuts Live! will be no different.
Traveling folk singer John Craigie recently released his eighth studio album, The Apocolypse is Over. He sat down with WHQR's Jason Hess to talk about the role of the folk singer in contemporary American music culture. Listen to the radio-edit of the interview here:
Craigie also recorded two live songs while in the WHQR studios. Listen to these two exclusive tracks from WHQR Music:
The following song includes the genesis story of the song, along with a rumination on the value of living outside of the Nashville music scene:
Alex Lanier and Eric Miller returned to the friendly confines of WHQR's MC Erny Gallery for another installment of Soup To Nuts Live! on November 7, 2013. It was an exciting, upbeat session featuring one of our region's favorite acoustic duos, L Shape Lot.
The full live recording of this show airs on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 22, 23) at 9pm on WHQR 91.3FM. Don't miss it!
Check out this clip from the show - and listen to the broadcast of STNL! this weekend on WHQR!
It hasn't been 11 full months since the Avett Brothers relaeased The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. Given the length touring cycle that each major release generally spawns, fans had no reason to expect new music this year.
(this article was originally posted on 04/01/13 as an April Fool's joke)
High Quality Radio just keeps getting better and better! With recent audience polls and pledge drive feedback, WHQR has decided to reevaluate some of its musical offerings. Starting this month, I will be transitioning the bulk of music programming duties to current intern John Mortara. Though I will miss it deeply, I have been told that John has a good ear for what all the hip 20-somethings like to hear on the radio.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Stimmel shared his music with us at Soup To Nuts Live! on Feb. 28, 2013. Guest musician Les Britt provided a wonderfully subtle backdrop of electric guitar and vocal harmonies that made this STNL! a night to remember. WHQR thanks Brent & Les for their great performance and being a part of what we do at 91.3fm.