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Get your front row ticket to interviews and jam sessions with up and coming bands and talent. Local flair, raw talent, and a passion for music are what our guests bring to the table. Get a sneak peak of a performance and find out what really motivates them for success in the music industry.

Get your front row ticket to interviews and jam sessions with up and coming bands and talent. Local flair, raw talent, and a passion for music are what our guests bring to the table. Get a sneak peak of a performance and find out what really motivates them for success in the music industry.
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Hickory, NC


Get your front row ticket to interviews and jam sessions with up and coming bands and talent. Local flair, raw talent, and a passion for music are what our guests bring to the table. Get a sneak peak of a performance and find out what really motivates them for success in the music industry.






219 1st Avenue Hickory, NC 28603 (828) 619-0048


I'm With The Band: Bandits On The Run

Abigail makes her hosting debut on the Mesh, sitting down with Bandits on the Run, a three piece band from Brooklyn, NY who can be described as a nostalgic, and even mystical experience. Sydney Shepherd, who sings and plays cello as one of the Bandits, last joined us 3 years ago as a solo artist. Sit back and let the Bandits on the Run steal you away for a while.The songs heard on this podcast are from their latest EP:Sweet ThingHeart of SilenceBlue HeavenFind Bandits on the Run on Facebook!

I'm With The Band: Porch 40

Moose and Abigail sat down on location with the members of Porch 40 before their performance at Granite Falls Brewing. Puling influences from an array of genres, Porch 40, from Cullowhee, NC has a rapidly growing fanbase and are currently touring the southeast supporting their new album "Spread It Heavy.” Porch 40 is also heading the Summer Lawn Party in Hickory NC on June 20, 2015. www.summerlawnparty.com.

I'm With The Band: The Quick Walkers

Andrew Moose, a former guest on I'm With The Band, returns as host to welcome The Quick Walkers to the MESH studios. The Quick Walkers are a western NC based folk duo made up of Abigail Taylor on vocals uke and Jordan Gibbs on guitar vocals. In the I'm With The Band tradition they chat with Andrew and share a couple of tunes.

I'm With The Band: Holly Lorette

I'm With the Band has a much anticipated return with Charlotte, NC based vocalist and songwriter, Holly Lorette. From her Southern upbringing, to her mesmerizing melody, this lady has musical charm for days. Alan sits down with Holly and her Producer Eric Lovell to learn a little and listen a lot! Want to know more about Holly and where to find her? Visit : www.hollylorette.com -or- www.thejollylollies.com Better yet, just go buy her latest album -- here's where to find it on iTunes!...

I’m With the Band: The Woodersons

Mary-Margaret sits down with college friend and all around good guy, Andrew Moose. As frontman of The Woodersons, he's the one that's comfortable behind the mic. Moose fills us in on life playing big, small, old, new, whatever the gig may be - because they've been there. The Woodersons are making their name known in the growing Hickory music scene -- and after you hear him sing, I think you'll see why. Good times, good friends, good tunes. Enjoy the latest I'm With the Band featuring The...


I'm With the Band: Moore Bothers Band

I'm With the Band is back in the MESH studio! We are joined by the Moore Brothers Band and their mesmerising picking skills! Issac, Jacob, and Daniel (ages 10, 15 and 19) make up this trio who are taking the bluegrass world by storm! Join Mary-Margaret as she sits down with the guys and talks about everything from touring to teching, performing to recording, golf and... tresspassing?? Be sure to check out the Moore Brothers Band at www.moorebrothersband.com


I’m With the Band: Tori Sparks

Stopping by The MESH is Tori Sparks... based in Barcelona, Spain, after having recently relocated from Nashville. She spends most of her time on the road all over the world. Tori speaks and sings in English, French and Spanish plays over 200 concerts each year. She is known as a champion of the DIY business model, and regularly speaks on at universities, performing arts schools, music conferences and festivals (SXSW, Folk Alliance, WOMEX many others). Please seewww.torisparks.comfor more...


I'm With The Band: Kyle Vincent

Singer songwriter Kyle Vincent joins Chad in the MESH studio on this latest episode of "I'm With The Band". Kyle signed to MCA as a solo artist and recorded his album "Trust". This led to being the opening act for Barry Manilow on the "Greatest Hits and Then Some" tour. Some have called him the "Crown Prince of Soft Pop" and now it's our turn to go behind the scenes with him.

I’m With the Band: Tim Galliher

Host Chad Austin sits down with Statesville, NC singer/songwriter Tim Galliher and discusses everything from Ramen Noodles to playing with Jim Avett, father of The Avett Brothers. Tune in and hear what Tim has to say and listen as he shares some of his music (one song which he just wrote two days before the recording!). Running Time 32 minutes

I’m With the Band: My Darling Clementine

While on their first tour of the United States, British country musicians My Darling Clementine stopped by the MESH studios for an interview and hung around long enough to play some songs from their brand new album How Do You Plead? Check it out! Running Time 35 minutes

I’m With the Band: Henry River

Henry River a.k.a. Andy Rhoney has been writing songs for years and playing sporadic shows when he can. What keeps this local musician going? Tune in to find out what keeps Henry Rivers creativity flowing and enjoy not two, not three, but four original tunes that Henry plays live in the MESH studios. Running Time 49 minutes

I'm With the Band: Rick Cline

Chads back in the studio for something a little different. This episode of Im With The Band highlights Rick Cline Hickorys own beat boy. From high school marching bands, to steel drums, African drumming, jazz and dance bands Rick has drummed them all. Later in the show, Rick is joined by some special guests who update you on what Rick is doing these days and tell you about his latest venture. So, tune in and see what this busy musician is working on now! Lets listen in


I'm With the Band: Will Willis

Lenoir native Will Willis joins us in the studio for this episode of Im With the Band. Host Chad Austin talks in depth about recording styles, local hang-outs, and their matched admiration for Peter Gabriel. Hear about the production group Will is involved in and how he is helping to bring notice to some of the areas unknown talent and venues. Wills classic singer songwriter style is showcased during his in-studio performances of a few of his original tunes. Lets listen in


I'm With the Band: Yarn

On this months episode of Im With The Band, your host Chad welcomes Andrew, Robert, Rod, Trevor, Blake and Ricky collectively known as Yarn. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, this bluegrass style band joins us in the studio to talk about life before the band and where their success has landed them now that theyre an up-and-coming musical ensemble playing all across the country. With a following that spreads coast to coast, Yarn is dedicated to bringing quality music everywhere they go. Listen to...


I'm With the Band: The Logic

On this months episode of Im With The Band, the tables turn as Mary-Margaret fills in for Chad, a member of this months spotlight band, The Logic. From how the band got its name to the style and method of forming one of the Carolinas most contemporary cover bands, join Mary-Margaret to discover what makes this local band tick. Explore the talent of The Logic and enjoy the music, conversation and good time with the band. For more information on The Logic, visit their web site at:...


I'm With the Band: Puddingstone

To help celebrate the holiday season, Chad spends some time with the band Puddingstone! Hailed as the "best kept secret in North Carolina", this band plays a wide range of Americana such as fife and drum, Celtic, folk, New Age, Flamenco, Renaissance and even some classical. Puddingstone is a 6-7 member band including percussion, hammered dulcimer, harp and flutes, vocals, guitar, synthesizer and sometimes fiddle. Chad interviews Dr. David Abernathy from Puddingstone, and listens to some...


I'm With the Band: Sanctum Sully

Asheville based band, Sanctum Sully, joins us in the studio for some toe tappin' down south bluegrass. As they take some time away from recording their next album, we hear about their upcoming gigs, daily lives, and have a few laughs with these good ol' boys. To learn more about Sanctum Sully, visit their web site at www.sanctumsully.com.


I'm With the Band: The Belfast Boys

The Belfast Boys are Alyn Mearns (guitar vocals) and Adrian Rice (mandolin, bodhran vocals). Mearns and Rice both hail from the Troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mearns has lived in the States since his late teens, but Rice only settled in Hickory (NC) in 2005, having come to Lenoir-Rhyne College as their Visiting Writer-in-Residence. Both men have been happily captured by lovely American brides. Join them as they have a conversation with Chad about their music, their...


I'm With the Band: Matty Mcree

In this month's episode, our host Chad Austin spends some time with a Nashville-based singer/songwriter with Hickory connections: local favorite Matty Mcree! Matty talks about the move to Nashville, the time he spends in the local Western North Carolina area, his songwriting process, and some of his favorite performers and influences. Plus, Matty plays us a couple of tunes from a recent album. Join us for "I'm With the Band" with Matty Mcree!


I'm With the Band: Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators

Chad interviews Katharine Whalen Her Fascinators in this month's episode. Katharine was a founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and has been produced albums ranging from jazz standards to avant-pop ever since. She describes her latest album, "Madly Love", as a "blend of Irish blues and Southern-tinged rock". The album is set to release in late September 2011, but we are privileged to have a conversation with Katharine and her band as well as hear some of the tracks from the...