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.
Raleigh singer and songwriter Nathan Storey gave a compelling Soup to Nuts Live performance in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery on June 27th, 2013. Hosted by George Scheibner, Soup to Nuts Live brings a variety of musical styles and talents into the gallery to perform and record in front of a live audience.
Michael Johnathon, accomplished host of North Carolina's own Woodsongs old-timey music radio program, visited WHQR for a Soup to Nuts Live performance in the MC Erny Gallery. He charmed the audience with his humor, wit, and skillful guitar and banjo playing. Listen to two excerpts from the performance:
Demonstrating his ability for humor, Johnathon laments the effect of the gas crisis on cars:
Nathan Storey is a folk/rock singer and songwriter from Raleigh, NC who has been a performer and songwriter for over a decade. While performing, touring and involving himself in numerous projects during this time, Nathan has developed a sound where “he puts lush emotion and sincerity into each note making any listener sit up and take notice…his melodies and chord changes become hook laden delights,” as described by WHQR's John Fonvielle in The Beat Magazine.
Thursday, June 27 in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR 254 N. Front Street, Downtown
(Airing Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 at 9PM on WHQR 91.3fm)
He's cool, calm, and collected, a hardcore Bluesman, and a prolific performer who believes in his art. Lightnin' James brings his own music (and a couple of notable Blues standards) to life during WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in the MC Erny Gallery. James has performed throughout the Carolinas and competed at the 2012 Cape Fear Blues Challenge.
Check out this clip of James performing Divin' Duck Blues by Sleepy John Estes. (Video: Lan Nichols)
A superb vocalist and guitarist, Lightnin' James performs many of the classic Blues tunes you know so well, plus a few of his own. James has performed extensively throughout the Triangle region and was a contestant in the 2012 Cape Fear Blues Challenge.
Thursday, May 30 in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR 254 N. Front Street, Downtown
There's no mistaking the voice. Or the songwriting. Once again, Jeanne Jolly brought the whole package to WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in Wilmington NC on Thursday, April 18, 2013. 8-string guitarist (and Jeanne's producer) Chris Boerner and drummer Nick Baglio painted a wonderfully melodic backdrop for Jeanne's performance.
A true Wilmington native and local favorite, Brent Stimmel was born in Wilmington and spent much of his younger years in Raleigh. During his time at UNCW, Brent honed his voice and started performing at open mic nights around Wilmington. He became a Sunday monring staple at The Dixie Grill, amassing a loyal following that supports him some 10 years later.
The Soup to Nuts Live! concert series features musicians and bands from a wide variety of musical styles. Please join us Thursday, February 28 for a special performance by local singer-songwriter Brent Stimmel. On-air host George Scheibner will interview the performer during breaks in the show. You'll hear the music and find out about the musician creating it.
WHQR’s webmaster John Mortara has asked me to list some of my favorite “Soup to Nuts Live” performances of the past year, but I thought it best to just recall highlights from all eight of our 2011 musical performers.