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Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Join award-winning host Joni Deutsch every other Thursday for Amplifier, the music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte home. You just might find a new favorite song along the way.In 2019, Amplifier was named Charlotte Magazine’s “Best Podcast,” received a local Edward R. Murrow Award for “Excellence in Innovation” and was honored for innovation in music/arts podcasting by The Webby Awards (named “The Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York Times). In 2021, it was Charlotte Magazine's "Best Podcast" again.Are you a musician or music professional from the Charlotte-area? Submit your information for future podcast consideration! Click here (or go to wfae.report/amplifier/submit-your-cltmusic-to-amplifier).

Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Join award-winning host Joni Deutsch every other Thursday for Amplifier, the music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte home. You just might find a new favorite song along the way.In 2019, Amplifier was named Charlotte Magazine’s “Best Podcast,” received a local Edward R. Murrow Award for “Excellence in Innovation” and was honored for innovation in music/arts podcasting by The Webby Awards (named “The Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York Times). In 2021, it was Charlotte Magazine's "Best Podcast" again.Are you a musician or music professional from the Charlotte-area? Submit your information for future podcast consideration! Click here (or go to wfae.report/amplifier/submit-your-cltmusic-to-amplifier).

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Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Join award-winning host Joni Deutsch every other Thursday for Amplifier, the music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte home. You just might find a new favorite song along the way.In 2019, Amplifier was named Charlotte Magazine’s “Best Podcast,” received a local Edward R. Murrow Award for “Excellence in Innovation” and was honored for innovation in music/arts podcasting by The Webby Awards (named “The Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York Times). In 2021, it was Charlotte Magazine's "Best Podcast" again.Are you a musician or music professional from the Charlotte-area? Submit your information for future podcast consideration! Click here (or go to wfae.report/amplifier/submit-your-cltmusic-to-amplifier).

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Episodes

'New but familiar:' Modern Moxie brings retro-cool to Charlotte

1/13/2022
Modern Moxie is a kaleidoscope of musical genres and generational styles, taking dance-happy cues from The Cars and David Bowie and bringing them to a contemporary pop-rock stage. On the heels of their 2019 debut full-length “Claw Your Way Out” and their recognition as “Charlotte’s Best Band” by Queen City Nerve, Modern Moxie bandmates Madison Lucas and Harry Kollm share how the Charlotte band’s success can be traced all the way back to a small dorm room closet in South Carolina.

Duration:00:34:38

Ring in the new year with the soaring cinematic jazz of Charlotte crooner Emily Sage

12/30/2021
When was the last time a voice stopped you in your tracks, a voice so pure that it simultaneously paints a lush soundscape and transports you to a magical place and time? Because cinematic jazz singer Emily Sage can do just that.

Duration:00:33:29

Just in time for Christmas: Grammy nominees The HamilTones on finding (musical) joy and (soulful) harmony

12/16/2021
After gracing the world’s stages (both physical and virtual), Grammy-nominated acoustic R&B group The HamilTones share some harmonious Christmas memories and hopes for Charlotte in the new year in this encore Amplifier.

Duration:00:24:07

'Believe them and follow them': Folk musician Si Kahn on 50 Years of rabble-rousing music activism

12/2/2021
Long before the coronavirus pandemic, Charlotte musician Si Kahn understood the power of resilience. For the past 55 years, Kahn has dedicated his life's work to civil rights activism, chronicling the ebb and flow of progress through world-renowned labor anthems like "Aragon Mill" and "Go to Work on Monday." Over the course of 19 records, several books and a FolkVote initiative, Kahn has tapped into a passion for shared history and righteous humanity.

Duration:00:34:52

In a world of streaming music, Charlotte's Lunchbox Records keeps on spinning

11/18/2021
Charlotte's Lunchbox Records is known for hosting in-store performances for all ages, stocking records from local acts and receiving signed music memorabilia from Grammy-winning fans (hello, Taylor Swift!). In the age of music streaming, Lunchbox Records owner (and Late Bloomer vocalist) Scott Wishart shows that we’re actually in a record renaissance.

Duration:00:32:54

'I got tired sitting on the sidelines': Guitarist Justin Fedor on picking, grinning and giving back

11/4/2021
Justin Fedor was in the news recently when he was among five "Local Legends" selected by actor Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey to receive $10,000 to donate to a community-based music initiative. The honor was intended to recognize musicians who contributed to their local music scenes during the pandemic.

Duration:00:34:58

Making it big, but still feeling small: Chart-topping Charlotte rapper Lute opens up about mental health

10/21/2021
For this 100th Amplifier episode, we talk to up-and-coming rapper Lute, who embodies “the Charlotte music dream." He was born and raised in the 704, recruited by rap legend J. Cole and signed to his Dreamville Records label, received a Grammy nomination and earned a Platinum plaque for his collaboration with DaBaby and Kendrick Lamar.

Duration:00:34:03

Jason Herring is the 'Energizer Bunny' of Charlotte music

10/7/2021
For the past 30 years, Jason Herring has been up to his ears in Charlotte music: from being the founder of North Carolina record label 10mm Omega Recordings (home to rocker Benji Hughes and Brazilian jazz artist Micah Gough) to leading the avantgarde band The Mystery Plan (which recently celebrated its sixth studio release "You Also Have Eyes").

Duration:00:28:17

Charlotte Pop Band DALIA Sing A Love Letter To Latin Music's Borderless Potential

9/23/2021
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Charlotte-based Latin band (and 2021 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest contestant) DALIA, led by vocalist, music educator and North Carolina music journalist Dalia Razo.

Duration:00:27:21

'Dear Journal': A Day In The Musical Life Of Charlotte Dream Rockers Petrov

9/9/2021
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, at the very least, one that is soundtracked by dreamy rock music).

Duration:00:24:16

From 'Trash Guy' To 'Trap Soul Artist': Charlotte Native DEVN Is Breaking Generational Curses Through Music

8/26/2021
Charlotte native DEVN has had a busy (musical) summer. The up-and-coming music producer not only appeared on a new hit with chart-topping North Carolina rapper Lute, he also debuted "St. Luke St.," an electrified hip-hop album named after his hometown street in West Charlotte.

Duration:00:21:29

'I Love the Ride, But It's Hell Sometimes': Charlotte Rocker Jay Garrigan On Channeling Stage Fright Into Sonic Flight

8/12/2021
Charlotte music veteran Jay Garrigan (Pop Rocket, Temperance League and The Eyebrows) shares how he's taken pent-up anxiety and propelled it forward through punk rock and power pop arrangements.

Duration:00:33:24

The Soul-Searching Journey of Grammy Award-Winning North Carolina R&B Artist Greg Cox

7/29/2021
In fall 2018, North Carolina native Greg Cox released his debut full-length album titled “E T C .,” which takes the needle of a record player and places it in the grooves of gospel, R&B and soul. The album title gives us a glimpse into the multi-hyphenate's world as a gospel singer, R&B producer husband, father and Charlotte community-builder.

Duration:00:39:56

Together In Life, Love And Harmonious Music: Folk Duo Courtney Lynn And Quinn Celebrate Pride And Partnership

7/15/2021
Charlotte singer-songwriter duo Courtney Lynn and Quinn are partners in life, love and harmonious country folk music.

Duration:00:31:31

'Life Is Weird ... And Awesome': Words Of Wisdom From Charlotte Folk Rapper Nige Hood

7/1/2021
Charlotte hip-hop artist (and self-described creator of "folk rap") Nige Hood shares his thoughts on life's unique rhythm, from sharing a stage with Kendrick Lamar to rapping in the woods with Afroman.

Duration:00:27:16

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

6/17/2021
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.

Duration:00:26:48

Sixty Years, Hundreds Of Percussion Instruments: Native American Musician Jim Brock Drums Up Memories

6/3/2021
Amplifier is a bi-weekly podcast, not a full-length documentary. If it were the latter, we could easily dedicate a few hours to the work of Jim Brock, the Charlotte music veteran who has been heralded by various publications as one of the best drummers alive. Between performing at the White House for President Bill Clinton and logging six decades of music (with hundreds of percussion instruments) with Grammy Award winners like Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea and The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Brock has made...

Duration:00:29:44

'I'm Half Korean, Half Southern': Drummer David Kim On Embracing Charlotte Rhythms And Asian American Identity

5/20/2021
Local music veteran David "DK" Kim notes the lack of Asian representation among Charlotte's rock, pop and folk scenes, sharing his thoughts on incremental music progress and his introspection as an artist, a Korean American and a North Carolinian.

Duration:00:22:23

Slinging Hot Dogs To Seth Avett And Singing Southern Rock: Charlotte's Late Night Special Has Some Music Stories

5/6/2021
The musical road has been a winding one for Charlotte's Fred Lee IV. From cutting hair in his father's salon and slinging hot dogs to Scott Avett, to now leading the Southern roots rock band Late Night Special and hosting the annual Shakedown Music Festival featuring regional musicians.

Duration:00:31:54

Viva La Música! Tony Arreaza On 30 Years Of Latin Music In Charlotte

4/22/2021
Tony Arreaza had every intention of becoming the Freddie Mercury of North Carolina. But after immigrating from Venezuela to Charlotte in 1994, his plans changed. Nearly thirty years later, Arreaza has helped create a flourishing Latin music community organizing concerts through Carlotan Talents, performing guitar with his long-standing Latin band UltimaNota and even having the opportunity to channel his ‘80s rock icon on MTV Latino.

Duration:00:27:27