Live Music

This broadcast of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! features an August 28 performance by Jesse Stockton, accompanied by hand drummer Andy Lade.  On any given night, Jesse's songwriting weaves many tales, and this intriguing evening inside the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR's studios was no exception. Tune in to 91.3fm Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at 9:00 p.m. for Soup To Nuts Live! with Jesse Stockton.

Here's a video clip from Jesse's August 28 performance at WHQR...

Lucky us! The highly acclaimed jazz duo Lisa and Galen are joining us, along with special guest and student Sean. The talented Lisa Rankin is known for her dexterity on the piano, the keybass, the flute, the recorder, the tin whistle, the harmonica, the six string guitar, the twelve string guitar and her amazing vocals. Galen Hunsucker is magnificent on the electric and acoustic guitars, and after spending more than 30 years in the music business captivates audiences with his stellar vocals. 

Classical pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits will perform Thursday night, September 4th at Kenan Auditorium as part of the Piano Masterworks Series.  They will play works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Schumann.  For tickets, call 910-962-3500.


The musically endowed Jesse Stockton is known both for his proficiency on various instruments such as the banjo, the mandolin and the guitar, as well as for his emotional intensity while performing. Naming influences such as Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Stockton's work falls under an American folk rock/Appalachian grassroots/blues genre of his own. 

For more information about Jesse Stockton click here.

Thursday, August 28

MC Erny Gallery at WHQR


Lan Nichols, host of WHQR’s Front Street Blues, is also the main organizer for the 19th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival which is Friday through Sunday, July 25-27.  Find out more about the Blues Cruise, concerts and workshops at  

WHQR Staff

My guests today were Joy Dupree Gregory, founder and artistic director of True 2 U Productions, and Tracy Byrd, the director and choreographer of the company’s latest show --  Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller.

The show runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 – this weekend and next – at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1415 S. 17th Street.  Tickets / info: 910-515-3327 

WHQR Staff

On Thursday, I talked with Chris Farley about the Port City Music Festival coming up June 8 – 15 at various venues around town.


WHQR Staff

Note: This show is sold out, but WHQR is maintaining a wait list. 

This is a special edition of Soup to Nuts Live! We're pleased to welcome the band Whiskey Creek along with the Whitley Brothers Duo! It's a night of literary superstars playing music. The evening will feature friends of WHQR Philip Gerard, Clyde Edgerton, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, to name a few. 

The Artist

Jim Nelson grew up in south Louisiana and cut his teeth listening and playing songs from AM radio. He played a lot of "Swamp Pop" – everything from The Grass Roots to John Fred and the Playboys. His playing is also heavily influenced by the New Orleans “piano professors” and he plants his feet firmly in both pop and blues. Jim’s other big influence is Ray Charles and he regularly includes a song or two from Ray in his shows. Jim will be joined on stage by two friends who are also stand out talents on their own, Lee Venters on Drums and Matt Pirruccello on bass.