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Four hours of Americana, roots rock and contemporary folk with an emphasis on performers from North Carolina . . . Ocracoke Island's Molasses Creek, Wilmington's Bag of Toys, the Triangle's Red Clay Ramblers, Asheville's Underhill Rose . . . we travel the mountains to the coast to present the state's best musicians.

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The following CDs are available for your $40-or-more pledge...

Waiting on a Song - Dan Auerbach
The Cutting Edge sampler (Bootleg Series Vol. 12) 1965-1966 - Bob Dylan
1989 - Ryan Adams
The Weather Below - Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Tribal - Imelda May
Little Steps - Rob Drabkin (autographed by the artist)
The Double Down Live in Denver Vol. 1 - Band of Heathens (CD/DVD)
The Double Down Live in Denver Vol. 2 - Band of Heathens (CD/DVD)
Birds Fly South - The Mastersons
Anytime Anyplace but Only You - Russell Johnson
Mississippi Mile - John Oates (autographed by the artist)
North and South - Amelia's Mechanics
Love Potions and Snake Oil - D.B. Rielly
Jump Little Children: Old Songs for Young Folks - Lightnin' Wells
Ghost Train...The Studio B Sessions - Marty Stuart
Man from Another Time - Seasick Steve
Letters in the Deep - Cadillac Sky
Love & Circumstance - Carrie Rodriguez
The Meantime - Randall Bramblett
Pizza Box - Danny Barnes
The Pursuit - Jamie Cullum
The Day After Everything Changed - Ellis Paul
The Stars are Out - Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles
The Wreckage - Will Hoge
Works Progress Administration - WPA
Everything You Love will be Taken Away - Slaid Cleaves
Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm
Ready for the Flood - Mark Olson and Gary Louris
Oktibbeha County - WSNB
Recovery - Louden Wainwright III
Same Old Man - John Hiatt
Alligator Purse - Beausoleil
Life Death Love & Freedom - John Mellencamp
Bucket - Mando Saenz
Nine Lucid Dreams - Two Loons for Tea
On the Way - Abra Moore
Secret Heart - Lauren Adams
Vagabonds - Gary Louris
Live from Austin, TX - Tift Merritt (DVD)
Live from Bearsville Theatre - Dar Williams (DVD)

Top 40 CDs as heard on The Sound 2019 (as of 12/6/19)

Free download of This is True from the CD True by the Elders, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of You Ain't Got the Heart from the CD Roll With It by the Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of Most of that Left from the CD Empty Glasses by Reagan Boggs,  as heard on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Sing - Jennifer Licko

Jun 30, 2016

INTRO – A new CD by ENC native Jennifer Licko took a long, circuitous and electronic path toward final production. George Olsen has more.

“It was a really nice collaboration of an Irish producer in Minnesota, an English producer in Florida and a Brazilian producer here in Brazil and I think it made for an interesting outcome.”   

Free download of It's Political from the CD War & Peace by Shannon Labrie, as heard on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

In the wake of events that sadden or frighten us, the option is to move forward or fall back. Raleigh’s Jeanne Jolly chose the former.

I was searching, and I think that, when I went through a tough transition in my life, losing my mom, and came back home to NC to do that and be around her and be with my family and focus on that, I think that was the probably the moment in my life that I decided to do what… do everything I wanted to do musically even if I was afraid of it, and I think writing songs is scary and really vulnerable.”

Free download of Got a Lot from the CD Method to my Madness by Tommy Castro, as heard on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of Outskirts of Love from the CD of the same name by Shemekia Copeland, as heard on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of Superman Blues from the Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson's  CD "Meet Me in Bluesland", as heard on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of The Love You Save (Mississippi) from Lipbone Redding's CD "Unbroken", a past favorite on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

INTRO – The Triangle’s Red Clay Ramblers have been involved in a number of artistic collaborations … with Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright and actor Sam Shepard for two of his films and one off-Broadway play and with the late Doug Marlette on the musical based on his comic strip Kudzu, amongst others. Another collaboration took the band away from stage and screen into a different realm, and about nine years after its debut the music is now available on CD. George Olsen talked with Bland Simpson of the Red Clay Ramblers and has this.

INTRO – If you like your country or acoustic music slick and highly produced, don’t buy the following CD by Raleigh’s Lynda Dawson and Greenville’s Pattie Hopkins. One guitar, one fiddle, two voices … that’s it … and the CD’s title tells you everything you need to know about the music inside. George Olsen talked with Lynda & Pattie and has this.

Free download of Really Wanna See You from Lydia Loveless'  CD "Somewhere Else", as heard on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of The One That Got Away from Ken Yates' new CD "23", as heard on The Sound.  Visit Ken's website here.

INTRO – The typical view of the path to musical success sends the enterprising young musician into one of our country’s media centers… New York or L.A. For the members of Asheville’s The Broadcast, they’re taking a road less traveled in an effort to establish a musical career. George Olsen spoke with the band’s lead singer Caitlin Krisko and has this.

Not one... but TWO... free downloads from Rob Drabkin's  CD "Little Steps." Enjoy tracks as heard on The Sound Down to Fate as well as the CD's title track.

INTRO --  An Asheville Americana trio is starting to get some national attention with airplay of their second CD taking it into the Top 20 of some radio charts. The national attention comes courtesy of some humble origins that embarrassed teenagers across the country can probably identify with. George Olsen has more.

Time in the car with parents can sometimes be irritating for the kids, sometimes beneficial, sometimes both.

From Anders Osborne CD "Peace" as heard on The Sound, enjoy a free download of 47.

INTRO – It’s not quite a comeback for the Cleveland County-based band the Acoustic Syndicate. They hadn’t been in a studio since 2004, they haven’t regularly toured in that time either… but they never quite got all the way out with occasional shows here and there over the last several years. Now they’re back in a big way… new tour, new CD… and again willing to consider the bright lights with the knowledge they can always contentedly return to the farm. George Olsen has this.

As heard on The Sound, download for free Every Day from Caitlin Canty's  CD "Golden Hour."

For Andrew Marlin, the genesis of Mandolin Orange’s 3rd CD “This Side of Jordan” evolved from a near-tragic incident in his own life back in 2011 that occurred around the release of the duo’s 2nd CD.

Free download of Can't Trust the News from Enter the Haggis'  CD "The Modest Revolution", as heard on The Sound.

Beth McKee's Next to Nowhere CD was our 2nd most played release in 2012. You can download one of our featured tracks "On the Verge" here.