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‘Those Roots Are Really Here’: From The Carter Family to Bill Monroe, Unearthing The Hidden History Of Charlotte Country Music

9/12/2019
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Back in the 1930s, more country music was recorded in Charlotte than in Nashville, Tennessee. Some of the Charlotte recordings from that period have become part of the essential canon of traditional country music, from “the first family of country” — the Carter Family — to the first career steps of “the father of bluegrass” … Continue reading "‘Those Roots Are Really Here’: From The Carter Family to Bill Monroe, Unearthing The Hidden History Of Charlotte Country Music" The post ‘Those...

Duration:00:44:06

With (Appalachian) Strings Attached: Charlotte’s Elonzo Wesley Puts A Twist On Americana Music

8/29/2019
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Since their first recorded steps as a band in November 2017, four-piece Americana outfit Elonzo Wesley have lulled Charlotte audiences into a beautifully poignant dance of Appalachian strings and soul. “I was scared of getting on stage. I was scared of writing a song that people might think is ridiculous or terrible. The biggest lesson … Continue reading "With (Appalachian) Strings Attached: Charlotte’s Elonzo Wesley Puts A Twist On Americana Music" The post With (Appalachian) Strings...

Duration:00:32:50

ENCORE: Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart

8/15/2019
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Host note: In conjunction with Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS documentary Country Music, WFAE is celebrating country music’s history and influence in the Charlotte region with a number of free events this August/September, including lunchtime performances, a live taping of the Amplifier podcast, and an advanced screening of Ken Burns’ documentary (more information here). And when … Continue reading "ENCORE: Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart" The...

Duration:00:34:31

Play That Funky Music: Groove 8 On Being Broken Up By Prince, Reunited By Quincy Jones, And Calling Charlotte Home

8/1/2019
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Charlotte has a rich history of funk music. Back in 1965, the “Grandmaster of Funk” himself Mr. James Brown recorded his single “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” right here in the Queen City. As one of Charlotte’s longest-running jazz-funk collectives, Groove 8 has its own Charlotte soul story to share. “I think our music … Continue reading "Play That Funky Music: Groove 8 On Being Broken Up By Prince, Reunited By Quincy Jones, And Calling Charlotte Home" The post Play That Funky Music: Groove...

Duration:00:27:55

“We’ve Leveled Up:” Nerdcore Duo GameBreax On Bringing Pop Culture To Hip-Hop

7/18/2019
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Summer is more than just a season for sun, sand and vacations. It’s also a time for geek culture to be celebrated with a number of pop culture, comic book and anime conventions around the U.S. (including HeroesCon in Charlotte). More than that, 2019 has shown that nerd culture is the new cool, with “Black … Continue reading "“We’ve Leveled Up:” Nerdcore Duo GameBreax On Bringing Pop Culture To Hip-Hop" The post “We’ve Leveled Up:” Nerdcore Duo GameBreax On Bringing Pop Culture To Hip-Hop...

Duration:00:31:14

Stranger (Synth) Things: Charlotte Rock Band Fortune Teller Takes Us Back To The 80s

7/4/2019
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The third season premiere of Stranger Things (set in the ‘80s). The upcoming sequel to Wonder Woman (set in 1984). The next iteration of American Horror Story (also set in 1984). There’s just something about the ‘80s that keeps pop culture coming back for more. This also extends to Charlotte rock trio Fortune Teller, whose … Continue reading "Stranger (Synth) Things: Charlotte Rock Band Fortune Teller Takes Us Back To The 80s" The post Stranger (Synth) Things: Charlotte Rock Band Fortune...

Duration:00:28:25

Take a Picture, It’ll Rock Harder: A Snapshot of Music Photographer Daniel Coston

6/20/2019
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Thousands? Millions? It’s difficult to pin down how many pictures Daniel Coston has taken in his twenty year career as one of Charlotte’s go-to music photographers. His camera lens has some stories to tell: from being invited to snap pictures of greats (James Brown, Johnny Cash, The Monkees) to highlighting local legends-in-the-making (Hope Nicholls, Superchunk, … Continue reading "Take a Picture, It’ll Rock Harder: A Snapshot of Music Photographer Daniel Coston" The post Take a Picture,...

Duration:00:28:08

Self Aware Records: The Charlotte Music Record Label Keeps On Spinning

6/6/2019
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In 2008, Self Aware was an “indie zine” highlighting the rock, punk and alternative scenes of Charlotte music. While its mission hasn’t changed much over the course of a decade, Self Aware has now grown to become an award-winning independent record label that helps market and release records for more than 30 regional musicians. In … Continue reading "Self Aware Records: The Charlotte Music Record Label Keeps On Spinning" The post Self Aware Records: The Charlotte Music Record Label Keeps...

Duration:00:24:21

Mind Over (Music) Matter: Joe Kuhlmann on Celebrating Mindfulness and Tackling the Mental Health Crisis

5/23/2019
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Ask anyone in the Charlotte music scene, and they’ll tell you: The Evening Muse is one of the best local music venues in the Queen City. Thanks to the work of venue co-founder Joe Kuhlmann, The Evening Muse has helped foster the careers of thousands of local and national artists for nearly two decades. But … Continue reading "Mind Over (Music) Matter: Joe Kuhlmann on Celebrating Mindfulness and Tackling the Mental Health Crisis" The post Mind Over (Music) Matter: Joe Kuhlmann on...

Duration:00:28:30

Encore: Learning a Thing (or Three) from the ‘Godmother Of Charlotte Rock’ Hope Nicholls

5/9/2019
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Host note: This month, Charlotte is capping off its 250th birthday with Charlotte Shout, a creative celebration of the Queen City’s past, present and future. And when one thinks of Charlotte’s musical legacy and inspirations, one likely thinks of Hope Nicholls, who appeared on the very first episode of Amplifier (back when the podcast launched … Continue reading "Encore: Learning a Thing (or Three) from the ‘Godmother Of Charlotte Rock’ Hope Nicholls" The post Encore: Learning a Thing (or...

Duration:00:35:02

From Coltrane To J. Cole: Harvey Cummings II Has The Jazz Chops

4/24/2019
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From contributing music to the hit Cartoon Network show “The Boondocks” to performing with Marsalis jazz family royalty, it’s no wonder Charlotte native Harvey Cummings II has been called a “jazz legend in the making,” mixing the classic riffs of Coltrane with the hip-hop sensibilities of J. Cole. “We’re trying to push jazz forward, but … Continue reading "From Coltrane To J. Cole: Harvey Cummings II Has The Jazz Chops" The post From Coltrane To J. Cole: Harvey Cummings II Has The Jazz...

Duration:00:27:41

‘Dear Journal…’ A Day in the Musical Life of Charlotte Dream Rockers Petrov

4/11/2019
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The sights you see, the people you meet, the life experiences that shape your hours, days, and years. How would you paint a picture of your day-to-day? If you were to ask Petrov, named one of Charlotte’s most promising up-and-coming bands, you may find that the best kind of journal is a musical one (or, … Continue reading "‘Dear Journal…’ A Day in the Musical Life of Charlotte Dream Rockers Petrov" The post ‘Dear Journal…’ A Day in the Musical Life of Charlotte Dream Rockers Petrov...

Duration:00:24:09

‘I Can Be Myself:’ Dexter Jordan on Singing R&B and Loving His Identity

3/28/2019
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Acceptance is a recurring theme for up-and-coming R&B crooner Dexter Jordan: accepting new friends and collaborators in the Charlotte music community, accepting new sounds and inspiration for his full-length release Blue, accepting grief and the many paths it takes through life and, more importantly, accepting one’s self (the good, the bad and the potential therein). … Continue reading "‘I Can Be Myself:’ Dexter Jordan on Singing R&B and Loving His Identity" The post ‘I Can Be Myself:’...

Duration:00:25:04

For Queen (City) and Country (Music): Caroline Keller On Making It In Nashville And Breaking It In Charlotte

3/14/2019
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If you tuned into the 2019 Grammy Awards in February, you might have confused it for the Country Music Awards. Up-and-coming country star Kacey Musgraves took home some of the biggest awards of the night with “Best Country Album” and “Best Country Song,” not to mention beating out Drake, Cardi B and Post Malone in … Continue reading "For Queen (City) and Country (Music): Caroline Keller On Making It In Nashville And Breaking It In Charlotte" The post For Queen (City) and Country (Music):...

Duration:00:31:32

Lights… Camera… Music! Bringing Classical to the Big Screen with the Charlotte Symphony

2/27/2019
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By the time this interview is released, the film industry will have capped off its awards season with the Oscars. While some focus on the more prominent awards like “Best Actress” or “Best Motion Picture,” it’s just as interesting to look to the more audio-inclined categories of “Best Original Song” and “Best Original Score.” Because … Continue reading "Lights… Camera… Music! Bringing Classical to the Big Screen with the Charlotte Symphony" The post Lights… Camera… Music! Bringing...

Duration:00:37:10

Pulling at Those Heartstrings: A ValenTUNE’s Day Conversation with Jason Scavone

2/14/2019
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked singer/songwriter/producer Jason Scavone about his love for singing and songwriting, not falling out of love with music given the up’s and down’s of the industry, and what it takes to make a love song come to life. The post Pulling at Those Heartstrings: A ValenTUNE’s Day Conversation with Jason Scavone appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:38:07

Bakalao Stars on Charlotte’s Golden Age of Rock En Español

1/31/2019
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If you lived in Charlotte in the early 2000’s, you lived through the golden age of Rock En Español in the Queen City. Latin reggae band Bakalao Stars (led by Christian Anzola) took root during this fertile musical period, a time of locally-produced and supported Latin music which was heralded as “the soundtrack of Charlotte’s … Continue reading "Bakalao Stars on Charlotte’s Golden Age of Rock En Español" The post Bakalao Stars on Charlotte’s Golden Age of Rock En Español appeared first on...

Duration:00:23:49

Scratchin’ the Surface of Charlotte Arts and Music with DJ Fannie Mae

1/17/2019
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Charlotte DJ Fannie Mae is breaking ground as the first DJ for the Charlotte Ballet, as well as the go-to DJ for the Queen City’s museums, clubs and festivals. The post Scratchin’ the Surface of Charlotte Arts and Music with DJ Fannie Mae appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:38:10

Ink Floyd On Being A B(r)and Advocate For Charlotte Music

1/3/2019
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Since opening shop in 2018, Ink Floyd has become a visual center for the Charlotte music scene, designing and printing up thousands of posters, shirts and stickers for regional musicians and venues. But it’s more than just promoting audio through visuals. As Ink Floyd owner Dave Collier puts it, it’s about encouraging brand awareness (and support) for bands. The post Ink Floyd On Being A B(r)and Advocate For Charlotte Music appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:29:07

Amigo’s Alt-Country Finds the Humor in the Heartache

12/20/2018
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With such friendly faces and such a friendly band name, you wouldn’t expect Amigo to be one of the darkest rocking country acts in Charlotte. But that’s what this Queen City troupe does: producing punk-infused-country music that showcases the (dark) heart on their sleeve. It’s the kind of music that highlights the struggles of life (and the light that can be found therein), and it’s also the kind of music that’s earned rave reviews from the music magazine No Depression and recognition from...

Duration:00:26:09